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STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

  • STEP 1 COURSE SELECTION

    Please check the course(s) available in summer 2020. Please remember the courses that you are interested in because you will need to mark them in the application form (STEP 2) and pay tuition fee (STEP 7).

  • STEP 2 FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION FORM

    Fill out the online application form. The form has 7 blocks (Personal Information,Education Background, Work BackgroundVisa to RussiaParticipation and Course Selection, Accommodation in St. PetersburgAdditional Info). It takes you about 15-20 minutes to complete the form.

    Here is what you need to prepare in advance:

    • International passport
    • Portrait photo
    • Motivation letter (approximately 250 words)
  • STEP 3 REGISTRATION FEE PAYMENT

    Pay the registration fee in the amount of ₽3,000 (could be made in Russian rubles only) thought HSE Payment Service. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

  • STEP 4 RECEIVING A LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE AND A VISA INVITATION

    We inform you about the results within two weeks after filling out the form and making the registration fee payment. If your application is approved, we provide you with the letter of acceptance.

    If you need visa to Russia, then within 7-45 working days we send you a letter of invitation for your visa application.

    Please note that in order to participate in St. Petersburg HSE Summer School you have to have a study visa.

    There are two types of invitation letters (depending on citizenship of an applicant):

    • Issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow – prepared within 45 calendar days.
    • Issued by HSE University – prepared within 7-14 working days (during peak season, this might take up to 30 calendar days).

    Please pay attention that your visa invitation will indicate your period of studying in Russia. Most likely, that your study visa will be valid 3 calendar days before your course begins and 3 calendar days after your course ends.

  • STEP 5 APPLYING FOR A RUSSIAN VISA

    Apply for the Russian visa (if you need one) in the Russian Embassy /Consulate/Visa Centre that you indicated in the application form (STEP 2). Once you have received the visa, please send a scanned copy of it to the Summer School Team spbsummerschool@hse.ru.

  • STEP 6 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO RUSSIA

    After receiving your visa, you should book your tickets to St. Petersburg and back home. Please bear in mind that you will be given a single-entry Russian visa (in case you need one). This means you will be allowed to cross a border of the Russian Federation only once within the period indicated in your visa.

    If you requested accommodation at the HSE Dormitory in the application form (STEP 2), please prepare the following documents to take them along to the Russian Federation:

    If you arrange accommodation on your own, it is also obligatory to obtain health insurance certificate.

    To learn more about accommodation peculiarities in Russian, please check STEP 9.

  • STEP 7 TUITION FEE PAYMENT

    We accept payments through HSE Payment Service. The payment is done in rubles.

    When you are making a payment, please choose the course(s) that you have indicated in the application form (STEP 2). If you would like to change the course(s) you are going take part in, please contact the Summer School Team spbsummerschool@hse.ru.

    If one of the following circumstances applies to your, then you are eligible for a discount:

    • 20% off for all the students from our partner universities
    • 20% off for 10+ student groups officially nominated by home institution
    • 20% off for HSE alumni (including exchange students, free movers, etc.) from any HSE campuses

    Please note: discounts cannot be combined, one person is only eligible for one type of discount.

  • STEP 8 PROVIDE ITINERARY DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP

    Fill out a short form in order to inform us about your arrival to / departure from Russia. The form will be available starting from May 2020.

  • STEP 9 ARRIVAL AND STAYING IN ST. PETERSBURG

    When you prepare for the trip, please make sure you take along the following items:

    • Your international passport with a Russian visa (if you need one)
    • a signed and stamped health certificate (in case you live at the HSE Dormitory)
    • Health insurance certificate
    • Acceptance letter
    • Money (the national currency if the Russian Federation is ruble, payment in other currencies are not accepted, and you will need to exchange money;
      • Cash (although we do accept cards in Russia, it is always a good idea to have some money in cash).
      • Bank cards (we recommend having 2 cards – only as a protective measure).
    • At Bank cards with
    • Medication (with prescription if applicable).
    • Adapter for electrical sockets (we use Schuko / Type F plugs in Russia).
    • Clothing and footwear that match the weather in St. Petersburg (make sure you take clothes and shoes for the temperature rate from +10°С to +30°С).

    If you requested (STEP 8) a buddy (an HSE student volunteer), he or she will pick you up upon your arrival to St. Petersburg.

    According to the Federal Law dated 27.06.2018 N163-FZ all international visitors are subject to Registration with the Federal Migration Service (FIS) strictly under the actual address of their stay in Russia. Please send / pass a copy of your FIS Registration Slip (front and rear side) to the Summer School Team during 3 working days after your arrival to HSE University – St. Petersburg. 

    If you stay in a hotel/hostel – they must perform your FIS Registration immediately upon your check-in and give you the original FIS Registration Slip (sometimes they charge extra fee).

    If you stay in a private apartment/flat (rent or stay with friends or relatives, etc.) – it is a legal responsibility of a landlord/landlady to secure your FIS Registration in that apartment/flat.

    Important: before paying for accommodation, make sure your hotel/hostel or landlord/landlady agrees to provide you with FIS Registration. Here is more information about FIS Registration: in English, in Russian.

    If the hotel/hostel or the landlord/landlady refuses to provide you with Registration upon your check-in, please inform about it the Summer School Team spbsummerschool@hse.ru ASAP.

    If you stay at the HSE Dormitory, the university performs FIS Registration for you. The documents we ask you to provide us with on the day of your arrival to HSE University – St. Petersburg are:

    • Copy of every page of your passport
    • Copy of your migration card
  • STEP 10 LET THE STUDYING BEGIN

    Each and every arrival day of St. Petersburg HSE Summer School starts with an Orientation Session (always on Monday mornings — no later than 10 a.m.) where the Summer School Team will put you in the picture about the schedule, extracurricular activities, and all kinds of need-to-be-done things. The course(s) end up with a Closing Ceremony (always on Friday evenings — no earlier than 5 p.m.) where students are given their certificates and transcripts of records.

    We do not want you to miss the beginning and the end of the course(s), therefore we ask you to take the information about the events mentioned above into consideration when you are buying your tickets.

    During the summer school you will be also invited to join extracurricular activities organised by the Summer School Team and our students from ESN Section.

    Last but not least: beware that St. Petersburg in summer time is just splendid. The city will tempt you to wander through its cobblestone streets and squares, visit innumerable museums, gardens, and cathedrals, and feast at the outdoor restaurants. Despite all this, we strongly do not recommend skipping the classes you signed for — attendance makes a great deal of sense for completion of your course(s).