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Once you have been accepted to study at the Murmansk Arctic State University, you need to get prepared for coming to the Murmansk region. See the sections below for more information. You can read it one by one, but we recommend you to read everything in advance to avoid any misunderstanding. Do not be too overwhelmed with legal procedures, we will help you with going through all the stages. Refer to Contacts in case you have any questions.

  • For information on traveling to Murmansk, see this page, section “Travel”
  • For information on directions within the city (incl. map), see this page, section “How to find us”

Note! Student visa to Russia is NOT required for citizens of Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbekistan.

To obtain a single-entry study visa, you must receive an invitation from MAU. International Cooperation Office starts issuing an invitation after the student is enrolled at the university and the tuition fee is paid (for self-finance studies). The invitation is valid for 90 days. You can start issuing an invitation minimum 45 days before the planned arrival.

Required documents:

  • A copy of passport main page and its notarized translation into Russian. Remember that the validity of passport must be at least 18 months from the date of visa issue;
  • Admission to MAU or tuition fee contract (for self-finance studies)

Required information:

  • Date of intended entry into Russia;
  • City and country of permanent residence;
  • City and country of obtaining a visa;
  • Place of work, position and job address (if any)

These documents and information are sent to MAU International Cooperation Office at:

Issuing visa may take up to 30 days. As soon as the invitation is ready, it is sent to a student for further visa processing in their country.

At first, a single-entry study visa is issued, which allows to enter Russia for up to 90 days. To obtain a visa, a student must apply to the nearest Russian Embassy, a Consulate, or a visa –center with MAU visa invitation. Consult with the above mentioned authorities for the precise list of required documents.

After arrival to Russia, you will need to get registered at the Migration police (see below).

In order to get prepared for coming to Russia, please, carefully read MAU Pre-arrival guide, as well as (at least partially) the Post-arrival guide (see below).

At each entry to Russia, you must fill out a migration card, indicating in the "purpose of entry" as "study", and have it with you during the entire period of your stay here.

When coming to Russia, carefully read the practical information in MAU Post-arrival guide so that you feel more secure and confident.

Once you have come, MAU staff and students will get you acquainted with local environment to get you adapted.

With a Russian study visa, you can work in Russia without any supplementary permissions during your hours not occupied with studies. For this, you will need at least 3 document: INN, SNILS, and Certificate of no criminal records. See this instruction on Documents for work for more details.

  • Tuition fee (if any) – as is indicated in the agreement
  • Accommodation fee – up to 20000 roubles (if MAU dorm); as is indicated in the agreement (if private flat)
  • Personal expanses – up to you (at least 120000 roubles)
  • Travel – as you find
  • Entry visa – free (for full programs); 800 roubles (for Russian language courses)
  • Visa extension – 1600 roubles
  • Police migration registration – free
  • Medical insurance – 3000-9000 roubles
  • Medical examination, fingerprinting, and photographing – around 10000 roubles
  • Working documents (optional) – free

Updated 27.06.2024