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Several steps to become an exchange Student at VSU

Before applying to become an exchange student at VSU there are a number of steps to follow:

Step 1

From the list below you can find out if VSU has a partnership agreement with your institution. Without an agreement it is not possible to do an exchange, as you must first be nominated.

Step 2 If there is an agreement; please see below to check you meet our entry criteria, what you can study and important deadlines.
Step 3 If you meet all our criteria, please contact your International Office or relevant department to start the nomination process.

Entry Requirements

The exchange programme allows students to study at VSU for either a full year or one semester. Before applying, there are a few requirements that you must meet:

Language Requirements

Most of the programmes offered at VSU are in Russian. To ensure that you are able to cope with the demands of our programmes the level of your Russian skills should be B2.

VSU offers an opportunity to study in English (see the list of courses taught at VSU in English). If English is not your first language, the level required is B2.

Studying opportunities

Choose from the subject areas which are available for exchange students

If your goal is to study or improve your Russian, see the list of courses within Russian studies.

Workload & Assessments


Your workload will normally consist of 25 VSU credits (30 ECTS) per semester. For students attending the whole year this is a total of 50 VSU credits (60 ECTS).

Examinations & Assessments

Students are expected to complete all assessments required by the course and must remain at VSU for the examinations. Examinations are held at the end of each semester (in January, for the Autumn Semester and in June for the Spring semester)

Application Deadlines

There are two set deadlines by which you must submit your application to us. These depend on which semester you are applying for:

Students coming in September – 15 May
Students coming in February – 15 November

Term times

Autumn semester starts on the 1st of September.

Spring semester starts usually the second week of February, flexible date.

Exams take place from the second part of December till the end of January, from the second part of May till the end of June.

After the autumn semester vacation time comes after the exam time at the end of January – beginning of February (appx. 10 days, flexible time). After the spring semester vacation time is in July and August.

After nomination

Once we receive the nomination details from your home institution we will send you an application form, which you must complete and return along with the scanned copy of your passport (if you require a visa)
It is important that you write your personal details as they appear in your passport and also provide us with an accurate email address, as we will need to contact you on a regular basis.

(Please note that without these documents we cannot produce your official invitation/acceptance letter.)
You will also receive information about accommodation, courses and other practical information.

Visa to Russia

After receiving your application, and all necessary documents, we start to prepare your invitation. It takes about 30–40 days to get the invitation ready. As soon as it is ready, you will be notified.

List of necessary documents for invitation:

Steps to receive Russian visa:

1) Obtain original document of invitation
2) Apply to the nearest Russian consulate

Contact: inco@vsu.ru

Health Insurance

While obtaining a Russian visa you will be asked at Russian embassies to provide details of your health insurance.

Please choose the insurance company carefully. It should have representatives in Russia; cover both inpatient and outpatient treatments, doctor’s fees, diagnostics, drugs, transportation by ambulance, and medical evacuation back to the home country.

Most patients from abroad pay for medical services in cash and receive reimbursement from their insurance company upon their arrival back home.

When buying insurance outside Russia, please make sure that you have details of the address and phone number of Russian representatives of your insurance company.

You can also buy medical insurance in Russia upon arrival. It will cost min. €43 ($50) per year and the price of it depends on the selected service set. The Office for International Student Programmes can help you to arrange it. Do not hesitate to contact your exchange coordinator at VSU: inco@vsu.ru

Rules for entering the Russian Federation and settling in a VSU dormitory

A week before entering the Russian Federation, you need to send a copy of your ticket and visa to your coordinator at VSU.

No earlier than 72 hours before entering the Russian Federation, you need to do a PCR test (to enter the territory of the Russian Federation, the PCR test must be negative).

To settle into the dormitory, you must provide one of the following documents: a certificate of a complete course of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative result of a PCR test performed no later than 72 hours before check-in.

You will be placed in a temporary accommodation room until your 2nd PCR test and medical examination. This must be done within the next 72 hours.

You do not need to do an additional PCR test if you have a certificate of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus translated into Russian, or a certificate of antibodies to the COVID-19 virus translated into Russian.

Your coordinator will tell you how to undergo a medical examination and get a health certificate after your arrival at the university.

Practical Information

Contacts at VSU

Office for International Student Programmes

Tel: +7 (473) 222-62-99
Email: inco@vsu.ru

Buddy Club VSU

Buddy Club VSU is a community for international students of Voronezh State University and for those who want to live, work and have fun in an international environment while staying in Voronezh.

A Buddy is the best friend of the international student. It's a person who can always give a hand with practical issues, with learning Russian, a better knowledge of Voronezh and its cultural life. Buddies also assist in other unexpected situations.

Buddy Club VSU doesn’t only help international students to solve their problems, but also provides lots of opportunities to spend their time in Voronezh in the most interesting way. We organize different cultural events and you can join the organizational team or simply attend events.

Buddy Club VSU is the place where you can find friends from all over the world and discover something new for yourself.

If you are coming to VSU as an exchange student send your request for a buddy by filling in the form.


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