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Pre-Departure Checklist


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Steps to take before leaving your country:

□  After the visa invitation appears in your personal account, you may apply for a student visa at a Russian consulate or visa centre in your home country (single-entry visa, 90-day duration);

* applicable only to nationals of the countries which require a visa to enter Russia;

□  Check if there are any mistakes on the visa and if all the information is correct;

□  Sign up for a health insurance plan valid in Russia or decide on the medical insurance company to buy medical insurance from whenin Russia;

□  Indicate in your application whether you need dormitory accommodation;

□  Get a health certificate signed and stamped by your physician and a vaccination certificate issued by a medical organization in a free format (required for a dormitory check-in);

□  Get acquainted with the Internal Dormitory Regulations and Dormitory Tenancy Agreement;

□  Check the Life in Moscow webpage for some useful tips about student life at HSE University;

□  Check these web-resources with valuable insights about life in Moscow and the peculiarities of  life in Russia;

□  Join our Facebook page: HSE International Students;

□  Plan to arrive in Moscow in time for the orientation session and the start of semester;

□  Check that the date of your arrival does not precede the start date of your visa;

□  Check Russian customs regulations and your airline’s luggage regulations;

□  Check with your bank the maximum cash amount you can withdraw in Russia;

□  Check how to get to the HSE University’s Dormitory or the location of your accommodation from the airport/terminal station: by Aeroexpress trains, metro, taxi. (!) We strongly recommend that you only use official taxi services (Yandex,Citymobil etc.);

□  Check the location of your faculty and other HSE University buildings;

□  Save the contacts of your Programme Office and your programme manager: International Admissions Office and International Student Support Centre;  

□  Save the contacts of your Embassy/Consulate in Russia.

What to take with you:  

□  Original high school/degree certificate/diploma (with the transcript) + its copy + a notarized translation of your high school/degree certificate/diploma into Russian (if applicable);

□  An HSE University Acceptance Letter or any other document provided to you by HSE University confirming your status as a student;

□  Your passport with visa;

□  A health insurance policy, the original of your health certificate (signed and stamped by your physician), a vaccination certificate  or a copy of the certificate of preventive vaccinations and negative HIV test results;

□  Your voluntary health insurance policy (if available);

□  4 passport-size (3х4см) colour photos on a matte paper;

□  Photocopies to have in your carry-on luggage: passport ID page, passport visa page;  

□  Cash to use during your first few days in Russia;

□  Warm clothes and boots.