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Upon Arrival: Step-by-Step

Step 1 — Arrival

You must arrive no later than 30 days before your visa expires. If you arrive later, the Internal Affairs Office of the Russian Federation may refuse to register your visa and you will not be able to stay in the country. 

Be sure to fill in the Registration form at least a week prior to your departure so that the HSE Buddy Network can find you a student buddy who will meet you and help you check into the dormitory. As soon as your arrival information is available your buddy will contact you in advance via email to arrange your first meeting. Please also note that usually buddies accompany students from 9 am till 8 pm. No individual pick-ups.

After you arrive in Moscow and collect your bags, take the Aeroexpress train into central Moscow. Please check Aeroexpress website for more information on fares, ticket machines, arrival/departure schedules.

If you arrive after the last Aeroexpress train has departed, you will have to take a taxi into Moscow, which is significantly more expensive.

Step 2 —  Check in the dormitory

As an international student you are guaranteed a place in one of the HSE dormitories. Your buddy will assist you in getting to your dormitory. The address of your dormitory will be communicated to you by the International Preparatory Programmes Office after your arrival details are confirmed. More information about the dormitories can be found on the dormitories website.

At the dormitory you will have to:

  • Upon check-in present the original copy of your health certificates (general health certificate and HIV test results)  signed and stamped  by a doctor in your home country and copy of notarized translation into Russia, and the documents for your visa registration (copies of passport, visa and migration card)
  • Read and sign the tenancy agreement and HSE University’s Internal Dormitory Regulations 

Step 3 — Get registered

Every international student who enters the territory of the Russian Federation for more than 7 days must get registered by welcoming party - HSE.

NB! Apply for registration within 3 days after your arrival to Russia.

To get registered please prepare in advance:

·        Copies of ALL PASSPORT PAGES (or ID CARD for CIS citizens) including all blank ones, with two pages on one A4 sheet printed on both sides;

·        A copy of your migration card.

If you stay at HSE dormitory, submit the documents to the dormitory passport specialist. 

If you rent an apartment, contact the apartment owner and ask him/her to arrange for your registration at the address of the rented apartment within 7 working days after arrival. Visit this page for more details.

Always keep the slip and your migration card with you. Every time you leave Russia and come back you need to obtain a new migration card and re-apply for visa registration.

Step 4 — Get enrolled

To enrol you will have to submit all necessary documents to  International Preparatory Programmes Office in Pokrovsky Boulevard, building 11, Korpus D, office D601. Document submission:Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 18:00.

Step 5 — Receive your electronic pass and library card

Learn more here: Student documents

Step 6 — In the city

Step 7 — Log into your student email

Learn more about how to log in at Student e-mail

Step 8 — Attend the orientation session

It is essential that you participate in the orientation session organized for preparatory programme students. The orientation will provide you with vital information on visa regulations, student life, peculiarities of the Russian culture, living in Moscow, and other useful tips to help you enjoy your experience in Russia.

Step 9 — Apply for a multiple-entry visa

When there is 1-1,5 months left till the expiry date of your single-entry study visa you must apply for a multiple-entry visa which will replace the single-entry visa. Note that until you receive your multiple-entry visa you will not be able to re-enter Russia if you leave. Please contact International Preparatory Programmes Office for more information.

Step 10 — Check all available resources

HSE offers its international students a range of resources and useful information on topics such as medical insurancepsychological counselingemployment regulationssportscanteens, and many others. Remember to check HSE Preparatory programmes for international students website on a regular basis





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