Steps of Admission

Step 1: Submitting the Application and Necessary Documents for Issuing Invitation for Entry into the Russian Federation

To receive an invitation from Penza State University you need to submit an electronic application and scanned copies of necessary documents (see below) via our online form at

1) passport (first pages);
2) education document(s);
3) passport translation into Russian*;
4) education document (s) translation into Russian*;

* The translation has to be notarized in the Consulate (Consular Departments of the Embassy) of the RF in your country.

If you do not supply the translation of the passport and education documents when filling in the online application, it can be done upon your arrival in the Russian Federation and applying to the Admissions Office (see Step 6). In this case you must use the services of our qualified translators and notarize the translation of the documents. 

Step 2: Receiving the Invitation and Applying for a Russian Visa

Average processing time for invitations is 25-30 days. When the invitation is ready we will send it to you by email.

On receiving the invitation, you have to contact the nearest RF Consulate (Consular departments of the Embassy) in your country to apply and receive a Russian visa. The description of a Russian visa application and a list of the Russian Consulates Worldwide you can find here:

Note that the passport that you will indicate in your visa application as your travel document has to be valid at least 18 months after the expected date of entrance into the RF. 


University applicants may need legalization of their education documents. The list of countries that do not have to legalize the education documents (in accordance with multilateral and bilateral agreements that abolish the need to legalize the official documents) can be found here: (English), (Russian). For nationals of other countries, not given in the list mentioned above, the legalization of documents is obligatory! Documents can be legalized within the country of issue in the Consular department of the RF Embassy. 

Step 3: Preparing Migration Documents

The following documents are necessary when crossing the RF border:

1) original of the identity document (passport);
2) permit of entry and stay on the territory of the RF (visa);
3) migration card (filled on arrival in airports before passport control).

Step 4: Arrival in Russia

On receiving your visa, you have to buy air tickets to Moscow and travel tickets to Penza and inform the International Office for Education ( on the date of your arrival in Penza. You can travel from Moscow to Penza by air − from Domodedovo airport, by train − from Kazansky railway station or by coach, there are coach services at Shchelkovsky or Juzhnye Vorota bus terminals.

If you want a university staff member to meet you at the airport, railway station or bus station in Penza, please inform the university ( on the date and time of your arrival, flight or train car number (the latter if possible). On receiving this information, you will receive confirmation from the Department of Student Accomodation with the details of meeting.

If you choose to travel to the university on your own, you need to get to hall of residence 6-1, which is located at 14 Krasnaya str. and apply to the Accomodation Department for International Students. For more detailed information please follow the link.

Step 5: Migration Registration. Accommodation Check-in

On arrival in Penza, you have to obtain migration registration. To do so you need to submit to the Department of Migration Control and Visa Support of the university (office 356, building 11 of Penza State University at 37, Lermontova St., Penza) the following documents: 

1) original of the identity document (passport);
2) copy of the identity document (passport). You need to make copies of the pages with the photo, surname and name(s), date and place of birth, passport number and validity period, and the border crossing mark;
3) copy of a Russian visa;
4) original of the migration card with the border crossing mark;
5) copy of the migration card with the border crossing mark;
6) standard application form for migration registration (filled on the spot);
7) 6 (six) photos (3х4 cm) made on matte paper.

After migration registration you will be given an accommodation check-in form. 

Step 6: Submitting Entry Documents for Study

On arrival in Penza you have to apply to the Admissions Office of the university (building 8 of Penza State University at 40, Krasnaya St., Penza) and submit originals of the documents that had been uploaded during online application (step 1) and the translations of these documents notarized according to the established procedure. In addition to the documents listed in Step 1, you need to have:

1) medical certificate stating the absense of dangerous infectious diseases;
2) HIV negative certificate (the certificate is valid for three months since the date of medical testing);
3) 6 (six) photos (3х4 cm) made on matte paper with the applicant surname written in pencil on the backside of each photo;
4) vaccination card (vaccination certificate)

Foreign citizens who apply to Penza State University must have the certificates of preventive vaccination against:
– Diphtheria,
– Tetanus,
– Measles,
– Mumps (or epidemic parotitis),
– Rubella,
– Poliomyelitis (or polio),
– Viral hepatitis B.
The certificates should contain information about the date of vaccination, the name of the drug, the series of the drug and the injected dose.
If this information is unavailable or inadequate at the time of enrollment, it is obligatory to get vaccinated at the Clinical Medical Centre of Penza State University.

Step 7: Medical Examination

During the first 3 days of your arrival in Penza you have to undergo medical examination in the University Clinical Centre, located at 26, Marshala Krylova st, Penza (building of the halls of residence №5). If you already have a medical insurance (certificate of medical insurance), which covers the costs of a medical examination, then this procedure (medical check-up) is free for you. Seek advice on obtaining the medical insurance certificate in the Department of Migration Control and Visa Support or in the Admissions Office of the university.

Step 8: Entrance Trials

To receive university admission you have to go through entrance trials according to the established procedure of Entrance Regulations. After sucessfully completing the entrance trials, you will be admitted to the university and begin your studies on September 1st.

Preliminary Department admission does not require any entrance trials.

Step 9: Enrollment Administrative Order

Enrollment administrative order is issued several days prior to the beginning of the academic year. The academic year for first year students starts on September 1st, for the students of the Preliminary Department - on October 1st.

Example of educational service contract


Students are enrolled only after confirmed payment of the university fee and the accommodation fee, as stated in the education agreement and the student accommodation agreement correspondingly.

We strongly recommend getting familiar with EDUCATIONAL REGULATIONS adopted in Penza State University. These REGULATIONS are approved by the rector's order № 869/O from 01.10.2014 and amended by the rector's order №1240/O from 19.12.2016. You can read an extract from the REGULATIONS following this link.  

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