Thinking of exploring SPBUNI and experiencing its vibrant academic environment firsthand? We welcome prospective students, faculty collaborators, and interested individuals to visit our campus!

This guide details the entire process, from requesting a visit to receiving an official invitation letter and arranging your stay.

Step 1: Contacting SPBUNI

  • Identify your purpose of visit: Are you a prospective student interested in campus tours and information sessions? A faculty member seeking research collaborations? Or someone curious about our academic programs?
  • Send an email:
    • For prospective students: Contact the Admissions Office at [email protected]
    • For faculty visits and collaborations: Reach out to the relevant department/faculty member directly. You can find faculty contact information on the SPBUNI website.
    • For general inquiries: Contact the International Relations Office at [email protected]
  • In your email, clearly state:
    • Your full name and affiliation (if applicable)
    • Purpose of your visit (e.g., campus tour, research collaboration, information session)
    • Preferred dates for your visit
    • Any specific departments or faculty members you wish to meet (if applicable)

Step 2: Invitation Letter and UFMS Registration

  • Once your request is approved, the Admissions Office or International Relations Office will initiate the process of issuing an official invitation letter from SPBUNI.
  • This invitation letter is required to apply for a visa to enter Russia.
  • The invitation letter will include:
    • Your details (name, affiliation)
    • Purpose and duration of your visit
    • Confirmation of your visit by SPBUNI
  • UFMS Registration: SPBUNI will register your visit with the Federal Migration Service (UFMS) organization. You may be required to provide additional documents for this process, such as a copy of your passport and health insurance. The Admissions or International Relations Office will guide you through this step.

Step 3: Visa Application

  • With the official invitation letter from SPBUNI, you can apply for a visa to enter Russia at the nearest Russian embassy or consulate in your home country.
  • Visa type: The appropriate visa type will depend on the purpose and duration of your visit. Common visa types for academic visits include tourist visas, business visas, or exchange program visas. Refer to the Russian embassy or consulate website for detailed information on visa requirements and application procedures.

Step 4: Accommodation

  • SPBUNI does not directly provide visitor accommodation. However, we can offer some suggestions:
    • University dormitories: Limited guest rooms may be available in university dormitories. Contact the Admissions or International Relations Office for availability and reservation procedures.
    • Hotels: St. Petersburg offers a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets. Consider booking your accommodation in advance, especially during peak tourist season.
    • Hostels: Hostels offer a budget-friendly option for travelers. They can be a great way to meet fellow travelers and experience the local culture.

Step 5: Arrival and During Your Visit

  • Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, ensure you go through immigration procedures and present your visa and invitation letter.
  • Registration: You may be required to register with the local authorities upon arrival. Your accommodation provider can guide you through this process.
  • SPBUNI Contact: Upon arrival, contact the Admissions Office or International Relations Office (depending on your purpose of visit) to confirm your arrival and schedule any meetings or tours.

Additional Information

  • Travel Insurance: It is highly recommended to purchase travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost luggage.
  • Currency Exchange: The Russian currency is the Ruble (RUB). You can exchange your currency for rubles at exchange booths or ATMs upon arrival in Russia.
  • Local Transportation: St. Petersburg has a well-developed public transportation system, including metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses. Taxis are also readily available.

We hope this information helps you plan your visit to SPBUNI.

Please note: This is a general guide, and specific requirements and procedures may vary. Always refer to the official SPBUNI website and the Russian embassy or consulate in your home country for the latest information.

We look forward to welcoming you to SPBUNI!

Start Exploring

Discover the comprehensive information, resources, and support available for each admission category. Your journey to knowledge and innovation begins here, and we look forward to being a part of it.