Students coming from more than 40
There is no better place in Russia for international students to study than Herzen University!
We are glad to welcome students coming to Herzen University in accordance with cooperation agreements with our partner universities. Short-term study (up to one academic year) in either the bachelor’s or master’s programmes provides not only new theoretical and practical experience but also an opportunity to get acquainted with life in Russia. St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of the country and, as such, is the best place to get a close look at its history, literature and musical heritage and, at the same time, to see its remarkable architectural monuments and museum collections.
Who can take part in exchange programs?
Students from the following list of partner universities are eligible to participate in the student exchange programmes at Herzen University.
You need to have a good command of Russian: a minimum of a B1 level;
If you plan to enroll in one of the Russian as a foreign language programmes, this requirement does not apply.
While you are participating in a student exchange programme, you will still be enrolled at your home university and will continue to pay the tuition fee there, but you will be excused from paying for tuition at Herzen University.
Herzen University will issue a charge-free invitation so that you can apply for a Russian visa. You will be responsible for your personal expenses, including medical insurance and travel costs both to and within Russia, unless other conditions are provided in the agreement between the two universities.
As a rule, Herzen University provides exchange students with accommodation in one of our dormitories. Please check with the coordinator of exchange programmes at your university for more specific information before your departure.
Please remember that the courses you choose to take at Herzen University have to be in line with your programme of study at your home university.
To apply for a short-term study at Herzen University, please, contact the coordinator of exchange programmes at your university. After initial approval, they will need to submit an official nomination letter to the International exchange office at Herzen university via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The coordinator of the International exchange office at Herzen University will send back an inquiry form to issue an official invitation letter for your Russian visa. After you fill it in, please send it back with a copy of the main page of your passport.
Herzen University’s coordinator sends the completed invitation letter to your university’s official address. In order to get the visa you must first get a visa invitation letter (also known as visa support).
After you obtain the invitation, you can apply for the Russian visa in the nearest embassy or consulate of the Russian Federation in your country. Otherwise, you can submit your Russian visa application to one of the processing centers authorized by your nearest Russian consulate.
Upon your arrival in Russia, please contact the International exchange office to complete the documents for your further stay in Russia (residence registration) and your studies at Herzen University.
The nomination letter from your university’s coordinator of exchange programmes should reach the International exchange office at Herzen University no later than:
May 31 – for the autumn semester
October 30 – for the spring semester
An inquiry form and other documents for the invitation letter for a Russian visa should be sent no later than 3 months before the date of your planned arrival in Russia.