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Testing Centre

A hugely modern language testing centre, The Herzen University Testing Centre is also part of one of the oldest universities in Russia.

According to Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No 856 dated 29 August 2017, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia was authorised to conduct an Examination in the Russian Language, the History of Russia, and the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation (integrated examination).  The integrated exam certificate is a prerequisite for obtaining a range of permits in Russia. The Herzen University Testing Centre is open to anyone wiling to take an integrated Russian language exam to obtain a work permit (or a work patent to be employed by natural persons only), a temporary residence permit, or a residence permit.

The Testing Centre runs integrated Russian language exams in compliance with Federal Law No 74 dated 20 April 2014 “Concerning the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation” and Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No 1156 dated 28 August 2014 "On the Approval of Regulations on the Format and Conduct of the Examination in the Russian Language, the History of Russia and the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation and the Minimum Level of Proficiency Required to Pass the Examination”.

Apart from the integrated examination, you may take an official Test of Russian as a Foreign Language, TORFL. TORFL is a single certification system to determine the level of Russian language proficiency. Worldwide, a TORFL certificate is recognised as an official proof of Russian language proficiency. You need a TOFRL certificate to be admitted to a Russian university.  Besides, the Basic Level TOFRL certificate (level A2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference) is a prerequisite to apply for Russian citizenship.

You may sign up for the official Test of Russian as a Foreign Language as well as for an Integrated Examination in the Russian language, the History of Russia, and the Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation in one of the following ways:

by phone +7 (812) 643 77 67 (extension 2720)

at our Center located at 46 Ligovsky Ave., Office 5, St Petersburg, Russia   Phone: +7 812 643 77 74.

Make sure you have prepared the following documents before you sing up for the exam: a passport or other official documents that state your name, surname and a patronymic (if applicable) in Cyrillic and Latin characters.

Our exams run every week day.

After you have passed the integrated examination, you may collect your certificate at The Herzen University Testing Centre the following day.

Please note that to collect your certificate, you have to appear in person and present the document you used to sign up for the test.


Frequently asked questions

How to apply for degree/non-degree programmes?

➤ To apply a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme at Herzen University you need:

  • to choose a program
  • to prepare necessary documents (the list of documents is available here)
  • to pass entrance exams

More information about the admission procedure for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program is available here

➤ To apply for the Foundation programme or the Russian as Foreign Language courses you need:

  • to fill out application form here

➤ To apply for a non-degree programme or a teacher-training programme you need to make an enquiry via e-mail: international@herzen.edu.ru

What is the language of instruction at Herzen University?
How can I apply if I do not speak Russian?

The language of instruction at Herzen University is Russian.

If you do not speak Russian, you may take the Foundation programme – a Preparatory Course for Those Who Are Planning to Apply for a University Degree Programme.

Course duration – 10 months.

The Foundation programme starts every Monday throughout September - October.

Upon completion of the Foundation Programme you may apply for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program.

More detailed information about the Foundation Programme is available here

How to get a student visa?

➤ To get a student visa to study on Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme you have to get an official invitation letter from Herzen University.

To get an official invitation letter you need to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of national passport (your passport has to be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your application).
  • A filled in application form
  • A copy of the last Russian visa (if applicable)

Upon receiving the original invitation letter, you have to contact the nearest consulate of the Russian Federation to obtain the visa.

➤ To get the Russian entry visa to study at the Foundation programme (10 months) or other Russian as Foreign language non-degree programmes you have to do the following:

  • to get an official invitation letter from Herzen University

To obtain the official invitation letter you need to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of national passport passport (your passport has to be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your application).
  • A filled in application form

Upon receiving the original invitation letter, you have to contact the nearest consulate of the Russian Federation to obtain the visa.

What am I required to do upon arrival?

Upon arrival to St. Petersburg, you have to get the residence registration within the period of 7 days. The registration is required by the Russian migration law.

➤ If you stay at a Herzen University’s dormitory your residence registration is issued by the dormitory’s administrative staff.

➤ If you rent an apartment you have to address the landlord (property owner) in order to be registered at the place of your residence.

More detailed information about the residence registration procedure is available here