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Documents required to apply in Lobachevsky University

1. Passport requirements
You must possess a Passport valid for travel to Russia, which contains at least two blank pages, and valid up to minimum 18 months before its expiration.

2. Photo requirements
You must have 12 printed copies of passport-sized photographs. These are required for your Student and Dormitory Cards, and other documents upon your arrival in Russia.

3. Student Contract requirements
You are required to have your Student Contract signed and sent it back to the University Admissions Team. By doing this, you confirm that you have accepted the University offer to study and understand and accept terms and conditions. It is important that you send back the signed Contract at your earliest convenience.

4. Tuition fees payment requirements.
It is a University requirement that you pay tuition fees as stated in your Student Contact. Please note the University can apply for your Student Letter of Invitation only after the full payment has been received.

5. Document requirements
It is the University requirement that before you submit your secondary (high school) and academic transcripts, they must be translated (by a certified translator) into Russian, notarized and authenticated (apostilled).
More information about apostille
You may also have your documents translated and authenticated (apostilled) upon arrival in Nizhny Novgorod.

6. Medical testing requirements.
Mandatory HIV testing is required for your student’s visa and all those entering the country as students. You can get tested for HIV at your local doctor's office or a community health clinic. The University requires mandatory TB testing result documentation. You can get tested at your local doctor’s office or a community health clinic, or upon your arrival in Russia.

7. Student Letter of Invitation & Student visa requirements.
To apply for your Student visa you must have a Student Letter of Invitation issued by Federal Migration Service (FMS). It takes about six weeks for the University to get this document on your behalf. To receive your Student Letter of Invitation you should let the International Students Office know the country and the consulate where you would like to have your Student Letter of Invitation sent. Once you get your Letter of Invitation, you can then apply for your Student Visa at your nearest Russian Embassy or Consulate.
More information about invitation process

8. Health Insurance requirements.
Russian Law requires that all international citizens get health Insurance for the duration of their stay in Russia. You may purchase your health insurance in your home country or from AlfaStrakhovanie insurance company upon your arrival in Russia.
More information about insurance

Essential things you need to do/know before you travel

Let us know your arrival date
Once you know your arrival date in Nizhny Novgorod, you should inform the International Students Office so that we can make necessary arrangements.

Confirm Your Place of Accommodation before you arrive
Before you arrive double check with the International Students Office that a place in the University Accommodation has been reserved for you in correspondence with your arrival

Book your flight as a single itinerary
When planning your flight travel route, it is important that you also book your connection flight to Nizhny Novgorod as part of a single itinerary

Your transfer to the University
Once you arrive in Nizhny Novgorod, you should make your way directly to the University. We recommend you get yourself familiarized with the public transport route from your arrival point to the University in advance. If you choose not to use public transport, transfer service can be arranged. Please use this Arrival Information Form
If necessary, you can reach any destination by taxi: Uber (iOS app; Android app) & Yandex.Taxi (iOS app; Android app)

Set up your budget
Before you travel, you should budget your money to better understand your expense planning. This should also include your sources of income and how you can access your funds.

Change your money into Rubles
You should change your currency into Rubles before or upon your arrival in Russia. All international airports have currency exchange services. Before you arrive, check with your local bank if your credit/debit card works in Russia. All major credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express – are accepted in Russia. Calculate your initial expenses – e.g. accommodation, health insurance, your student visa extension - and plan that into your immediate budget.

Please, check the Application Checklist and Campus Map to know, what you need to do upon your arrival in Nizhny Novgorod.