What accommodation is offered for international students?

ITMO University provides students with accommodation in several dormitories in different districts of St. Petersburg. A majority of international students are housed in the two dorms on Vyazemsky Lane 5-7 and Karpovka Embankment 22. Both are located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, not far from ITMO University's main building. You can see all of ITMO's buildings and dorms in the city on this map. Read more about ITMO’s dorms on our website or our news portal.

When taking my entrance exams, can I receive my migration registration from the university?

Yes, but only if you are staying at ITMO University’s dorms.

Can I work at ITMO on a tourist visa?

No. There are several types of Russian visa, and the purpose of your stay in Russia must correspond to your visa type.

I signed up on abit.ifmo.ru and chose the dates of my exams. What now?

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.

I signed up on abit.ifmo.ru and chose the dates of my exams. What now?

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.

What is a subject area?

A subject area is a scientific or academic field you as a prospective Master’s student would like to specialize in. 

Can’t decide which subject area suits you best? Apply for participation in two (three, four, ten) subject areas in one go!

How is the online entrance examination carried out? What is the passing score?

The online entrance examination is carried out via the online examination system ITMOproctor. Applicants are provided with a manual and the logins and passwords needed to enter the system. Coordinators of educational programs inform the applicants about the date and time of their respective examinations. Applicants are expected to answer several examination questions in English and have a short interview with the examiner. The lowest passing score is 50 out of 100.

Can I be employed at ITMO if I have my visa issued by another institution?

This depends on your visa type; however, in most cases you will need to make a new visa issued by ITMO.

Do I have to obtain a certified translation of my paperwork in Russia or can I do that in my home country?

Certified translations can be obtained in Russia or in any foreign country.

What is the procedure for receiving a migration registration as a foreign student?

You can get your temporary registration at ITMO’s Migration Services Office. You must acquire your registration within the first 3 days since your arrival. You must renew your registration on time and request a new one upon returning from trips, or staying at hotels or hospitals.

Can I submit my paperwork over email?

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.

How is the competition carried out?

The competition is held in two rounds.

The first round is a portfolio contest. It will be held from November 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

You will need to choose a subject area (or several subject areas), register on the competition’s website and upload your achievements (diplomas, certificates, grants and publications) in each chosen subject area.

Study the list of Master’s programs available to the competition winners (here are the ones offered by ITMO University), pick those you like the most, and check if you submitted a portfolio for a corresponding subject area.

The results of the first round are decided by an expert jury consisting of representatives of Russia’s leading universities. The participants with the most achievement-heavy portfolios are admitted to the second round.

The second round is a problem-solving contest. It will be held from February 18 to March 7, 2019

Some tasks of the tests you’ll be offered to solve as part of this round are assessed automatically, the other are evaluated by the expert jury. The results of the second round will be published within 24 hours after its completion. 

Your final result is the total of points you’ve received in the first and second rounds.

What are the average living expenses in St. Petersburg?

Life in St. Petersburg is a lot cheaper than in many European capitals. An average student needs from 20,000 to 30,000 rubles per month. If you want to learn about the costs of living in St. Petersburg, read about it here or on our news portal.

What kind of medical insurance should I have for employment?

You will need an insurance policy for work migrants. You may choose your coverage, but minimal requirements are: emergency aid on the whole territory of Russia, and repatriation.

How do I get my student visa invitation?

The invitation is drawn up upon your enrollment. A special form must be filled out specifying the place where you will receive your visa. The invitation is made in 30 business days and is sent to the enrolling student for the purpose of obtaining a student visa. Upon your arrival to Russia, your single-entry visa can be extended at ITMO’s Migration Services Office.

Do I have to obtain a certified translation of my paperwork in Russia or can I do that in my home country?

Certified translations can be obtained in Russia or in any foreign country.

Can I submit my paperwork over email?

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.

Who wins the competition?

The participants with the most points after the two rounds will make it to the top-25% of the ranked list of the competition winners. 
Participants who have scored a significant amount of points but still failed to make it to the top-25% can still be accepted to ITMO University’s Master’s program in a corresponding subject area without any entrance examinations.

How can I obtain a student visa for studies at ITMO University?

After an applicant has successfully passed the entrance examination, they will receive an official invitation from ITMO University. These invitations allow students to apply for student visas in their home country's Russian embassy or consulate. For more information on Russian immigration-related regulations and the required procedures go here or read the article on our news portal.

How should I get registered in St. Petersburg?

Foreign citizens are required to obtain a migration registration when staying in the Russian Federation.
If you stay at a hotel, you should be registered on the day of your check-in; just ask about your registration at the reception area (may cost up to 300 RUB).
If you rent a flat, your landlord should register you. Please write to inv@corp.ifmo.ru to get more details on registration in a flat.

Do I need to obtain a certified copy of an educational certificate if it is available in two languages, one being Russian?

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.

Do I need to obtain a certified copy of an educational certificate if it is available in two languages, one being Russian?

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.

What’s the prize for the competition winners?

More than 300 Master’s places at Russia’s leading universities have been allocated to the 2018-2019 Open Doors competition winners. They will not only be granted free tuition for the duration of their studies, but also receive free Russian language training as part of ITMO University’s Foundation program.

Are there any sports and hobby clubs at ITMO University?

Whatever your talent, let it shine at ITMO! Everyone can find something for themselves here by choosing from the wide range of sports clubs and numerous creative clubs.

If I, as a foreign national, have taken the Unified State Exam (USE) but was not satisfied with my results, can I still take the entrance exam at ITMO?

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!

How much taxes will I pay from my salary?

If you have spent less than 183 days in Russia within the past 12 months, your tax rate will be 30%. Later, this rate may become 13% if you don’t leave the country for extended periods of time.

Is there a way to take the exam in my own country?

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.

What kind of support do international students receive at ITMO University?

ITMO University has several initiatives designed to help international students in adapting to the new city and culture. Among such projects are ITMO University’s International Student Council, "Get Local" International Students Club, and the buddy program.

The entrance exams are split into three groups. Can I take an exam three times?

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.

How can I take my exams remotely?

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.

When applying for an international Master’s degree program, do I need to submit a certified translation of my academic documents if the documents are originally in English?

According to our admission rules, all submitted academic documents should be translated into Russian. However, during the application process, applicants are allowed to submit documents in English provided that it is a document’s original language. A certified translation is required when the admission of the applicant is confirmed.

Are there any specific requirements for foreign nationals taking the entrance exams?

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.

Do foreign citizens have the right to apply for tuition-free positions?

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.

Can international students work during their studies?

International students are allowed to be employed by the university without any restrictions. However, if a student would like to work outside the university, an official permit is required. Only full-time students can receive a work permit. Work permits are issued by the regional office of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia.

How long do the exams take?

With the exception of Computer Science, all the exams last 1.5 hours. The Computer Science exam lasts 2 hours.

How can I confirm my status of a compatriot?

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).

Can I bring my spouse/child/any other relative with me?

International students are free to bring their family members with them. However, ITMO University does not issue invitations for the students’ family members and does not register them at the University’s premises. Family members are not allowed to stay at the student dormitories and are not provided any administrative support.

Is there a way to take the exam in my own country?

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.

What is the minimum required score for enrolling in a tuition-free position?

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 50 points.

How can I take my exams remotely?

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.

How many programs can I apply to?

In your application, you can apply for 3 tuition-free positions and 1 fee-based position.

Do foreign citizens have the right to apply for tuition-free positions?

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.

Can I stay at the dorms during my entrance exams?

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).

How can I confirm my status of a compatriot?

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).

Are international students provided accommodation in the dorms?

All foreign citizens are provided accommodation in the dorms as required. You can read more about our dorms here.

What is the minimum required score for enrolling in a tuition-free position?

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.

How many programs can I apply to?

In your application, you can apply for 3 tuition-free positions and 1 fee-based position.

Can I stay at the dorms during my entrance exams?

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).

Are international students provided accommodation in the dorms?

All foreign citizens are provided accommodation in the dorms as required. You can read more about our dorms here.