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Pre-departure Checklist


  •         Apply for and receive a student visa at a Russian consulate or visa center in your home country (single-entry visa; up to 90 days duration).
  •         Оbtain a medical insurance policy before entry to Russia, which will cover your entire period of stay and include a medical check-up and testing for HIV, Hepatitis B, and COVID-19 (PCR-method).International students can purchase a medical insurance from the representatives of the insurance companies recommended by HSE University. Find out more here.
  •         Get a health certificate signed and stamped by your physician in order to check into the dormitory.
  •         Check that your arrival date is no later than 30 days before the expiry date of your visa.
  •         Make sure to email International Preparatory Programmes office  about your arrival date.
  •         Request a buddy  and get contacted by him/her.
  •         Check how to get to HSE dormitory or any other place of your residence from the airport (or train station): Aeroexpress metro, or taxi.
  •         Make sure that you have all the necessary Enrollment documents.
  •         Check Russian customs regulations  and your airline luggage regulations.
  •         Check the location of  International Preparation Programmes office (Pokrovsky Boulevard, building 11, Korpus D, office D-601).
  •         Get acquainted with the HSE University’s Internal Dormitory Regulations  and  Tenancy Agreement.
  •         Check with your bank the maximum cash amount you can withdraw in Russia.
  •         Join us on Facebook  and Instagram.
  •         Check the Life in Moscow  website for useful tips.
  •         Make sure to have enough battery power on all your devices upon arrival to Moscow.
  •          Valid passport with visa
  •          Medical insurance +HSE health certificate signed and stamped by a physician (to check into the dormitory)
  •          Photocopies to have in your carry-on luggage: passport (ALL PAGES) , passport  visa page, copies of your enrolment documents
  •          HSE acceptance letter (for fee-paying students)
  •          4 passport-size (3cm x 4cm) photos on a mat paper
  •          Contacts of your buddy
  •          Contacts of  International Preparatory Programmes manager
  •          Contact details for your embassy/consulate/diplomatic mission in Russia