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Step 1 Choose a programme and check the entry requirements

Choose your career path and major from over 140 Academic Programmes available at Lobachevsky University.

If you choose a programme taught in Russian, you need to take the Pre-University Preparatory Programme or you must provide a proof of sufficient Russian language proficiency.

It is also advisable to check the deadlines found on each degree programme page.

See the list of Master’s degree programmes

See the list of PhD programmes

Step 2 Apply for Admission

1) Apply for Admission ONLINE.

If you have problems, please ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the PDF form.

2) Submit copy of your international passport (all fulfilled pages)

3) Submit scanned copies of your original certificate(s) of higher education (Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree or Specialist’s diploma) and transcript(s)

4) Submit scanned copies of your health certificate (incl. TB test).

If the documents are issued not in English or French, the certified translation into Russian can be required.

Step 3 Complete your registration

Once you have been admitted to a degree programme, you will receive a detailed Acceptance letter which clearly states the terms of enrolment and requirements for Master’s degree programme. If you accept UNN admission offer, you will be sent a Learning Agreement you should sign and send back to the International Students Office. The University signs 2 copies of the Learning Agreement, registers and certifies them with its seal. Afterwards you will receive one copy of the signed Learning Agreement by e-mail.

Step 4. Pay the tuition fees

Tuition fees shoud be paid before your arrival at the University. This can be done by bank transfer to the University’s account (you will find the account number in the Invoice). In this case you pay the fee under the registered study contract at your local bank and send a copy of receipt to the University.

Learn more about tuition fees

Step 5. Get an invitation and visa

In case all the recruitments stipulated in the Learning Agreement are fulfilled and your payment of fees is confirmed, the University addresses the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Russia to launch the invitation process. The MIA issues an electronic invitation letter approximately 5 weeks after the University`s official request. The electronic invitation letter is required in order to obtain a student visa at the local Russian Embassy.

Step 6. Coming to Nizhny Novgorod

Now that you have completed registration, it’s time to prepare for your stay in Nizhny Novgorod. Visit the section on practical matters to learn more about housing, insurance, visas and other important matters.

After you obtain the visa and buy the plane (train) tickets to Nizhni Novgorod, please inform the University about the date of your arrival. On the additional request (please, contact your admissions officer), you can be met at Nizhny Novgorod airport or railroad station and guided to the University.

Students must come to Russia no later than one month before the expiry of the initial three-month visa in order to have enough time to prolong this student visa. The Ministry of Internal Affairs may refuse to prolong your visa if you come to Russia later than this date.

Note: It is a must to come to the International Students Office (UNN, build. 2, office 306) and to the Visa and Immigration Support Office (UNN, build. 2, office 305) on the first working day after your arrival in Nizhny Novgorod in order to be registered in the MIA.