Greetings to our coolest, smartest, most talented international prospective students!

Want to enroll at ITMO with no exams or tuition fees (or both) involved?

We offer a world of such opportunities, both for Bachelor’s and Master’s studies. Whether you’re a maths or programming ace, a Russian language connoisseur, or a prospective student with unique accomplishments, you’ll find something for you!

Here you go!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR BACHELOR'S PROGRAM APPLICANTS

Government Scholarship

Foreign citizens have the right to enroll in tuition-free positions of ITMO University’s Bachelor’s programs through the Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency as part of a Russian Government scholarship.

Applications must be submitted before March 1 to a Rossotrudnichestvo office at a Russian Embassy/Consulate or an office of the Russian Center of Science and Culture.

Visit www.russia.study to access the submission system.

ITMO University only participates in the second selection stage. This means that the university only accepts or rejects applications that have passed Rossotrudnichestvo’s selection process.

Many CIS countries distribute their scholarships independently and collect the approved candidates’ applications and other paperwork in preparation for the second stage.

The second stage gets into full swing near the summer season, when the applications of all approved candidates are uploaded into the information system to be assessed by the universities.

In 2017, the first batch of applications was uploaded on June 1.

In its consideration of the applications, the University assesses the following:

  • the candidates’ current academic performance: their academic transcript with an emphasis on their average score and proficiency in the subjects relevant to their chosen area of study;
  • personal achievements: certificates and diplomas of recent competitions, publications, participation in conferences;
  • participation in various educational programs outside of the school/university curriculum.

As of now, the University does not receive information about the points acquired through Rossotrudnichestvo’s exams.

Once their application has been approved, the candidate receives an educational invitation, which allows them to be enrolled on the date of their arrival to the university (regardless of deadlines of the general admissions campaign and without additional exams).

A visa invitation should also become available in the Rossotrudnichestvo system, which the candidate can use to request a student visa at their nearest Russian Embassy/Consulate.

At the moment of enrollment, the candidate must choose an educational program from the list of programs in their chosen subject area.

In the course of their education, students enrolled on the government scholarship can only transfer between programs within the scope of their subject area.

Essay Competition

Do you speak the language of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy? Show us your Russian language skills by participating in an online essay competition for international prospective Bachelor’s students and get five additional points when applying to ITMO University’s Bachelor’s programs

Participants need to create an account on ITMO Admissions and submit their essay in the PDF format. You have two attempts to win the Competition, but each of your essays should explore a different topic. Your best result will be counted towards your application to ITMO University. 

The final results will be announced in July. Participants whose essays have scored from seven to ten points will be considered winners of the Competition, which will significantly increase their chances of being admitted into ITMO.

Essay topics

  • Русские традиции в моей семье (Russian traditions in my family)
  • ИТМО – университет моей мечты! (ITMO, my dream university)
  • Каким я вижу своё будущее (What I envision my future to be)

Essay requirements

  • Your essay should consist from 150 to 250 words
  • Document margins: top, bottom – 2cm, right – 3cm,  left – 1.5cm
  • Please use Times New Roman as your font, font size 14, with 1.5 default line spacing and 1.5cm indents before each paragraph, and don’t forget to justify the text
  • Please don’t shorten the words and names you use (with the exception of widespread abbreviations)

International Open Entrance Competitions

Prospective international students have the chance to pre-qualify for admission to Bachelor's degree programs in Maths and Computer Science by taking part in ITMO University’s International Open Entrance Competitions. Competition winners get free tuition at a wide range of ITMO University and other Russian universities Bachelor’s programs without having to go through any entrance examinations.

Both competitions are conducted in three rounds:

  • The preparatory training round is held online. The points earned during the training round have no effect in determining the candidates for the final round, but it gives you invaluable (and limitless, since this round has no set amount of time and attempts) opportunities to practice complex tasks of the qualifying and final competition rounds.
  • The qualifying round is conducted online. You have only one attempt to solve this round's tasks. Top contenders of the qualifying round will go on to compete in the final round.
  • The final round is conducted either on-site or online depending on your country of residence: for those participants living in countries and cities where the final round will not be held on-site, the final round will be conducted remotely. The list of winners consists of the top 25% of participants ranked by number of points.

Please register here to participate. 

For the latest information on the competitions timelines and procedures, as well as the full list of topics and examples of tasks, please visit the official website of the International Open Entrance Competitions.

Portfolio Contest for International Prospective Bachelor’s Students

Are you a talented and motivated international prospective Bachelor’s student with a good command of Russian and a desire to study at the world-class education and research center that is ITMO University? Listen up: open to all foreign citizens and stateless persons, our Portfolio contest gives you the one-off opportunity to get free tuition at the program of your choice.

Please note that the contest is held in Russian. 
 

Learn more!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MASTER'S PROGRAM APPLICANTS

Government Scholarship

Foreign citizens have the right to enroll in tuition-free positions of ITMO University’s Master’s programs through the Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency as part of a Russian Government scholarship.

Applications must be submitted before March 1 to a Rossotrudnichestvo office at a Russian Embassy/Consulate or an office of the Russian Center of Science and Culture.

Visit www.russia.study to access the submission system.

ITMO University only participates in the second selection stage. This means that the university only accepts or rejects applications that have passed Rossotrudnichestvo’s selection process.

Many CIS countries distribute their scholarships independently and collect the approved candidates’ applications and other paperwork in preparation for the second stage.

The second stage gets into full swing near the summer season, when the applications of all approved candidates are uploaded into the information system to be assessed by the universities.

In 2017, the first batch of applications was uploaded on June 1.

In its consideration of the applications, the University assesses the following:

  • the candidates’ current academic performance: their academic transcript with an emphasis on their average score and proficiency in the subjects relevant to their chosen area of study;
  • personal achievements: certificates and diplomas of recent competitions, publications, participation in conferences;
  • participation in various educational programs outside of the school/university curriculum.

As of now, the University does not receive information about the points acquired through Rossotrudnichestvo’s exams.

Once their application has been approved, the candidate receives an educational invitation, which allows them to be enrolled on the date of their arrival to the university (regardless of deadlines of the general admissions campaign and without additional exams).

A visa invitation should also become available in the Rossotrudnichestvo system, which the candidate can use to request a student visa at their nearest Russian Embassy/Consulate.

At the moment of enrollment, the candidate must choose an educational program from the list of programs in their chosen subject area.

In the course of their education, students enrolled on the government scholarship can only transfer between programs within the scope of their subject area.

Open Doors Scholarship Project for Prospective Master’s Students

International academic competition Open Doors gives international prospective Master’s students a unique opportunity of early enrollment in one of ITMO University’s cutting-edge Master’s programs without entrance examinations and with tuition fees covered by the Russian Federation’s state funding.

All of the competition rounds are held online, and it is open for participation to citizens of any country in the world (except Russia).

Submit your portfolio, solve competition tasks, and be the first to get admitted to ITMO University’s Master’s program of your choice!
 

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Congress of Young Scientists

An offer you cannot refuse: our Congress of Young Scientists for international prospective Master’s students is your one-off opportunity to be enrolled into a fee-based or tuition-free* position at one of ITMO’s cutting-edge programs of their choice without having to take any admission exams. 

*Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as compatriots residing in the CIS countries, can be considered for tuition-free positions, while citizens of other countries can only apply for fee-based positions.
 

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Portfolio Contest

Developed by ITMO in collaboration with leading universities from all over the world, our International Master’s programs aim to deliver knowledge and experience in a global environment. By participating in our Portfolio contest for international prospective Master’s students, you can be enrolled into one of these innovative Master’s programs without having to go through additional admissions tests. A golden opportunity if there ever was one!

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Unique Admission for Unique Students

Unique Admission for Unique Students is a contest for international prospective Master’s students with achievements that are truly extraordinary and unique. The winners will be admitted into ITMO’s International Master’s without exams and granted free tuition for the duration of their studies. Fill in a participant’s application to claim this one-off opportunity!

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