ITMO University offers 44 innovative Bachelor’s programs in a wide range of contemporary scientific research fields. You can find the full list of programs here.
Admission to regular tuition-free positions of ITMO University's Bachelor's programs for the 2019-2020 academic year start on June 20 and conclude:
Admission to fee-based positions start on June 20 and conclude on August 20.
Currently, all ITMO University Bachelor’s programs are taught in Russian, so you may want to improve on your Russian language skills. ITMO University offers a special Foundation Program, which is an intensive 9-month Russian course aimed at equipping international students with all the skills needed for studying at a Russian university. Program graduates receive certificates required for entering ITMO University or other Russian higher education institutions.
Please follow this link to complete and send in the application form.
When completing your application, please use your official name as indicated in your ID.
You will need to submit the following documents as part of your application:
1. General documents
2. Medical documents
Please note that to complete the application process you have to send the printed and signed application form and other documents to 49 Kronverksky Pr., St. Petersburg, 197101, Russia, Admission Office .
Check your email address submitted in the application regularly so that you don’t miss your ITMO University Acceptance Letter. It may take up to three weeks after the submission deadline to receive this email.
Foreign citizens can enroll into tuition-free and fee-based positions of ITMO University's educational programs based on their results of the Unified State Exam or ITMO University's own entrance examinations.
Most Bachelor’s programs require passing a Russian proficiency test as well as two subject tests depending on your chosen program. You can find the information about which tests are required for each particular program, as well as their schedules and examples of tasks, on the official website of the University's Admission Office. Typical subject tests include math, physics, IT, and chemistry. You can take the tests as part of the Unified State Exam (available via Russian embassies and consulates) and provide the results to ITMO University. Alternatively, you can take the online entrance tests organized by ITMO University; you’ll just need to pick this option when completing your application form. Make sure to mail your application documents to ITMO’s Admission Office (see below) first; it is only after the Office receives the documents that you’ll become eligible for taking the online tests. Several days before the examination day you’ll be sent an email with specific instructions on how these tests will take place.
Prospective international students have the chance to pre-qualify for Bachelor's degree programs in Math and IT by participating in ITMO University’s international entrance competitions. Winning the competition automatically qualifies you for enrollment, which means that you won’t have to go through the entrance exams when applying to ITMO.
To enter the Russian Federation all international visitors are required to have the official visa stamp in their passports. Citizens of some countries do not require visa to enter the Russian Federation, but in most cases the duration of their stay in Russia is limited. Please contact the Russian consulate in your home country to check the visa requirements.
You can get a Russian student visa at a Russian embassy in your home country. ITMO University provides all successful applicants with the official Invitation Letter needed for applying for student visa. The electronic invitation will be sent to the e-mail you indicated in the application form. You will be required to print it and submit it to the Russian Consulate.
This Invitation Letter entitles you to a 90-days entry visa, which is issued by a Russian embassy or consulate in your home country. The period of your visa will be extended to cover the whole period of your Bachelor’s program after you’ve signed a study contract with ITMO University.
Please note that all international visitors to Russia are required to get a migration registration upon their arrival in Russia. ITMO student support services will guide you through this process.
Students are responsible for paying their tuition fees, airplane tickets, housing and living expenses, as well as health insurance. Tuition fees are calculated based on the cost of the chosen program and housing option, as well as the availability of grants and scholarships.
Please visit your chosen program’s webpage or contact email@example.com for more information on the available grants and scholarships.
Click here to learn about other opportunities for applicants.
Please note that all international visitors to Russia are required to get a migration card and file for a migration registration upon their arrival in Russia.
Migration card is a document certifying international citizens’ stay in Russia. You can ask for a migration card form when boarding your flight to Russia or get it at a special information desk near the passport control.
On the day of your arrival to Russia (or the first following working day should you arrive at the weekend), you’ll need to visit ITMO University Migration Services Office (9 Lomonosova street, room 2139d) to get your migration registration.
Please bring the following documents with you:
All international students should also have a valid medical insurance. This can be obtained at any insurance company or through ITMO University International Students Learning and Support Center (9 Lomonosova street, room 2139b).
Welcome to ITMO University!
You know the drill: all work and no play is never a good option. We at ITMO University want to make your student experience as enjoyable and memorable as it can be. Find out about the fun ITMO students are having by following this link. There are also lots of things happening sportswise. And here’s what other international students say about their time at ITMO.
Worried about the housing? Don’t be! ITMO University offers a wide range of housing options, all conveniently located either within the limits of the university’s student town or in close proximity to St. Petersburg metro stations. Please follow this link to find out more.
Upon your arrival in Russia, you’ll get a personal International Student Advisor, who will help you feel right at home: from housing at one of the dorms to buying metro passes to finding new friends, you’ll get settled in and on your way to your great adventure. And in the meantime, check out ITMO University’s English news portal to get a feel of lots of exciting things happening in ITMO!
The sign-up on abit.ifmo.ru is just the first step. Before you take your exams, you must submit your paperwork to the admissions committee. This must be done before your first exam or the deadline for documents submission.
Certified translations can be obtained in Russia or in any foreign country.
Digital copies of applicants’ documents are not sufficient. You can submit the documents personally, through a delivery company, or with a trusted associate on the condition that they have a signed power-of-attorney letter.
If all the information in your certificate is provided in Russian, you do not need to obtain a certified translation or a copy. A regular copy will be sufficient.
Yes, international applicants can choose to take entrance exams in one or several subjects when applying to ITMO even if they have already taken the relevant USE. Please note the following: if you have signed up to take an entrance exam, your USE results for the corresponding subject will no longer be valid at our university. Approach this decision carefully!
No. The entrance exams are held three times each to accommodate the applicants’ differing travel plans and other circumstances. Applicants get to choose the date of each exam, but each exam can only be taken once.
There are no specific requirements for foreign nationals taking the entrance exams. It is only mandatory that you bring your passport and a document confirming you have supplied your paperwork. You are also allowed to bring a pen, pencil and ruler. The tasks do not require the use of a calculator, so you cannot bring or use a calculator.
With the exception of Computer Science, all the exams last 1.5 hours. The Computer Science exam lasts 2 hours.
We do not carry out exams or tests abroad. However, there are various international entrance competitions held fully online. You can read more about them here.
After the admissions committee has received an applicant’s paperwork, their personal case becomes open. The applicant is then eligible to take part in remote entrance exams. Several days prior to the exam, the applicant should receive an email containing instructions for taking the exams and other important information.
Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as compatriots residing in the CIS countries can apply to tuition-free positions along with Russian citizens. Citizens of other countries can only apply for fee-based or government quota positions.
When submitting your paperwork, fill in a request form and provide documents proving that your ancestral relatives were citizens of the USSR (Your birth certificate with a translation, passport with a translation and a birth certificate of one of the USSR-born relatives). If the relative has had a change of surname, you must also provide a document to prove that (a translated copy of a marriage certificate).
The higher your score total from entrance exams and personal achievements, the higher are your chances of enrolling in a tuition-free position. The minimum score for applying is 60 points in each subject. The minimum scores for previous years can be found on each educational program’s page at abit.ifmo.ru.
In your application, you can apply for 3 tuition-free positions and 1 fee-based position.
Yes. International students can temporarily stay at ITMO University’s dorms if they have provided the original copy of their educational certificate and received a relevant document from ITMO University’s medical station (a recent chest X-ray is required).
All foreign citizens are provided accommodation in the dorms as required. You can read more about our dorms here.