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Information for incoming students



Before your arrival


Online student application form


Once you receive an automatic information email containing your password, you should fill it in before a set deadline and attach the following documents:

  • Copy of your passport
    A copy of your passport is necessary for the preparation of an invitation letter which is required to apply for a study visa. Note that your passport must be valid for minimum 18 months after the intended date of your arrival at St. Petersburg.
    Please check carefully which Russian Consulate will be the most convenient for you to make your application to because you will need to mention this information in your application. You should state the country and the city of the consulate where you will apply for your visa, and it is crucial to state the correct information, as all invitations are registered in the system used by consulates and you can apply for the visa only at one particular consulate.
    Please be aware that invitation letters for international students, coming to Russia are prepared  by the Federal Migration Service, not by universities. According to the legislation governing this process, it takes up to 6 weeks to prepare a letter of invitation. As soon as the GSOM International office receives invitation letters, their scans are sent to students by e-mail and the original document is sent to students’ home university or their home address.
  • Academic transcript
    You must provide us with your latest university academic report reflecting your grades and your GPA covering the period of your studies at your home university.
  • English language proficiency confirmation letter
    When applying for exchange at SPbSU GSOM please make sure that you have sufficient proficiency in English to follow university-level courses in English. You should prove your level of English by attaching to your application form a copy of any international exam certificate or a letter of confirmation from your home university. GSOM requires minimum English language proficiency equal to TOEFL 550 (paper-based test). You can use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages when identifying your level of English in scales different from the TOEFL exam scales.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Resume) in English
  • Personal photo  

Please be informed that any delays from your side in terms of sending your application form may cause late visa application and late arrival at St. Petersburg.


Obtaining Student Visa

Once the letter of invitation is received, a student has to apply for a single entry 90 days student visa. Upon the arrival at GSOM all students apply for a multiple entry visa for the whole period of exchange studies.
The multiple entry visa issue takes on average 5 weeks, therefore you should not make any travelling plans during the first 1,5 months in St. Petersburg, as your passport will be taken for the whole period of visa issue. The state fee of a multiple visa is 1’600 RUR. 
The International office deals with all the paper work required for the multiple entry visa application and provides all the necessary visa support for international students throughout the whole study period. 

We strongly recommend you to contact a Russian Embassy/Consulate/Visa center where you are going to apply for the Russian visa in order to find out the requirements for Russian visa applicants.

Please be informed that HIV test certificate and health insurance that is valid in Russia for the whole period of studies are required in most countries.




All students are required to have health insurance when applying for the visa. Health insurance should be valid in Russia for the whole period of studies and provided along with other documents required from Russian visa applicants.  It is necessary to keep all of your medical bills so that your insurer could reimburse you later. If anything is stolen from you (including cash), you need to immediately report the case to the police. Otherwise, you will not be able to make the insurance claim. The GSOM or the SPbSU cannot reimburse you for any such accident in case it occurs.


Registration Upon Your Arrival

Your visa must be registered within 2 working days after your arrival at St. Petersburg. Please make sure you submit your passport and stamped migration card to the International Office.



Arrival: Buddy System


We have a “Buddy System” at the GSOM so that each of you will be accompanied by a Russian student - your “buddy” – who will help you to settle more easily into your new environment. The buddy will help you both before and upon you arrival. Your buddy will also meet you at the SPb railway station or the SPb airport when you arrive and bring you to the Dormitory.
Your Buddy will be in contact with you during your first steps in Russia and will provide you with basic orientation in the city and at the school. He or she will probably become your first Russian friend, with whom you can spend a lot of fun time together.
“Buddies” are the GSOM students who have volunteered to help one or more of our international students. They will make every effort to help you but, please, respect their privacy and remember that they can’t only spend all their time with you.  
You should inform the International Office staff about your travel arrangements (date, time, flight/train number) as soon as possible. Consequently, if we do not receive any information from you about your travel arrangements in time, there will be no one to meet you at the train station or airport.
In that case you will have to figure it out on your own: take a taxi or use public transport to get to the Dormitory.
You can find the instructions of how to commute to and from the Dormitories and Campuses in GSOM Guides that can be found in the Document section


Introduction Week for International students
Every semester begins with Introduction activities (attendance is not obligatory, but highly recommended). The first week in a new country is always difficult. In order to help you make your transition to St. Petersburg a smooth one, we have arranged Introduction activities, including various events arranged for you by the GSOM International Office and by our Buddy team. Introduction Week is meant to give you a "soft landing" in St. Petersburg, by introducing you to the Russians, the city, and other exchange students.




Master Students’ residence - Kapitanskaya dormitory

Kapitanskaya dormitoryLocation

Address: St Petersburg, 199155, Vasilievsky Island, Kapitanskaya Street, 3
Kapitanskaya dormitory is located at the far end of the Vasilyevskiy Island, on the shore of Gulf of the Finland. There is a bus station close by. The next metro station Primorskaya is 10-15 minutes walking distance away from the dormitory. GSOM master building (at Volkhovskiy pereulok, 3) can be reached in 30-40 minutes. The city center, Nevski Prospect, can be reached just as fast as you are in the metro. The distance to the Pulkovo International Airport is 27 km; to Moskovsky Railroad Station - 12 km; to the historic center of the city - 9 km; and to the nearest subway station Primorskaya – 1,5 km.



There are two types of apartments at Kapitanskaya. The first type is a two-bedroom apartment with a separate toilette, a bathroom and a kitchen, which are shared by four people; meaning that two students share one bedroom. The other apartments are with three bedrooms for seven people sharing also a toilet, a bathroom and a kitchen; meaning that one room is shared by three people. The room shared by 2 persons is equipped with two beds, two cupboards, two chairs, two nightstands, a small TV and one table. The bedroom shared by 3 persons is equipped with three beds, three cupboards, three chairs, three nightstands, a small TV and one table as well.
The kitchen is equipped by a fridge and a stove. Crockery, cutlery and pans are not provided.
There are always guards at the entrance of the dorm checking for entrance card therefore living in the apartment is safe.
Also please note that guests need to have an ID to enter the dorm and can stay just till 11p.m.


Kapitanskaya dormitory


The price of the dormitory varies depending on the room type. The price for the room shared by 2 persons is 5700 rubles (approx. 145 EURO) per month, by 3 persons – 4600 rubles (approx. 115 EURO) per month. No prepayments are required; you will need just to pay for the dormitory in the first 3 days after your arrival.
To make a payment for the dormitory you will need to visit the Dormitory Accounting Department on Korablestroiteley str.20/2 which is 15 min. walking distance way from the Kapitanskaya Dormitory.
Working hours of the Dormitory Accounting Department: 10.00 -17.45 each working day, 13.00-14.00 lunch time 


Facilities and services

a)     Cleaning and laundry

A separate laundry room for the whole building with laundry service is available. Further, there is a cleaning lady coming everyday cleaning the common area of the apartment and providing you with new bed sheets and towels every ten days.

b)     Internet

There is no internet in the rooms available, but you can purchase 3G USB Surf Sticks like Beeline, Megafon or YOTA and pay for unlimited internet connection on a monthly basis. The price of a Stick varies from 20 to 70 EURO, as well as monthly payments vary from 5 to 22 EURO depending on reliability and speed of the internet.

Facilities and services

c)     Sport facilities

  • Planeta Fitness (Планета Фитнес)

Location:  Korablestroiteley str. 32/2, 5 min. walking proximity to the dorm
Fitness club contains a large fitness area, saunas and a swimming pool. Costs vary depending on the range of the services you’ll choose. The minimum price is 2000 rub (50 EURO) per month.
Working hours: Working week: 7.00 - 23.00
Weekend: 9.00 - 22.00

  • Fitness House

Location: Makarova emb. 2, 10 min walking proximity to GSOM master building (at Volkhovskiy pereulok, 3)
Fitness club also contains large fitness area, saunas and swimming pool. 5 months subscription for swimming pool and fitness cost 9900 rub. (250 EURO)
Working hours: Working week: 7.00 - 23.00
Weekend: 9.00 - 22.00

  • Shopping

There are plenty of supermarkets around the dorm  that are open 24/7 and other essential stores like pharmacy, bank or hair dresser and some recreational places like football pitch, sauna, bars and restaurants. In addition there is a hypermarket “Lenta” (Лента) in 10 minutes by bus distance way from the dormitory where you can find wide variety of grocery products and everyday items. For purchasing necessary crockery, cutlery and pans you can visit IKEA with your neighbors and buddy. Also there is large supermarket “Metrika” (Метрика) with construction products and some cutlery and crockery 10 min walking distance way from dorm.

  • Impressions

“Living in the student dormitory will help you especially at the beginning with your integration process and ease your life as you share many daily activities jointly with fellow students. You will have the pleasure of always having lively and fun-loving people around you; promising you to never get bored and have a great time. Try the dormitory experience and you will find out yourself the benefits of living at Kapitanskaya!”

Steguweit Bernhard, Germany, fall 2010


Detailed information on Bachelor Students’ Dormitory can be found in Bachelor students Guide that can be downloaded from the Document section