Before arrival

If you are an international student currently enrolled at the University or wishing to apply for entry, here you will find some tips and guidelines on living in Russia and studying at the University.

Obtaining a visa to Russia


Submit all required documents 8 weeks prior to the approximate date of your arrival to the University Visa Department


Obtain the visa invitation


Apply for a visa at a Russian Embassy / Visa Centre in your home country


Receive your visa to Russia


Purchasing a medical insurance policy

International employees are required to have a valid health insurance policy throughout the whole stay in Russia. You can purchase an insurance policy in your home country but make sure that it is valid on the territory of the Russian Federation. Otherwise, it is also possible to buy medical insurance upon arrival. We kindly ask you to do it within the first 7 days of your stay.


Drawing up an itinerary

Yaroslavl is easily accessible by plane, train, or bus from Moscow. As soon as you have designed a perfect route to Yaroslavl:

  • collect medical certificates needed to stay in the dormitory and attend physical education classes (measles and diphtheria vaccination certificates, chest x-ray examination and other tests) from your local clinic;
  • check your health and pack a small first aid kit with you;
  • make sure that the date of your arrival does not precede the start date of your visa;
  • buy tickets;
  • provide your coordinator with travel details;
  • check Russian customs regulations and your airline’s luggage regulations;
  • print your visa invitation, documents confirming the enrollment, contact information of a University representative, tickets and copies of your passport;
  • check how to get to your accommodation from the airport/terminal station: by bus, taxi, rental car or make other arrangements with your coordinator;
  • save the contacts of your coordinator, International Office and your Embassy/Consulate in Russia;
  • see a weather forecast. Yaroslavl weather is very changeable, but in general, the temperature in summer is +18 +22 °С, in winter -7-0 °С. An umbrella might be useful;
  • if you do not know Russian, download an offline translation app to help you during your first weeks in Yaroslavl.


At the Border Crossing

All travelers must go through border control when entering the Russian Federation. All citizens are given a migration card when crossing the border which confirms their legal stay in the country.

It is important to pay attention to the accuracy of the information filled into your migration card. Please note that you need to indicate that the purpose of your stay is “Education” and put “YAROSLAVL STATE PEDAGOGICAL UNIVERSITY NAMED AFTER K.D.USHINSKY, MUSIC CULTURE AND PERFORMING ARTS” in “Name of host person or company/locality”.


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