Dear international student!
Congratulations on your entering Tomsk State University!
To make your arrival and stay in Tomsk comfortable and pleasant, please, follow some important rules of the University.
Arrival, Registration and Visa.
1. Students from countries with a visa regime, who are going to study at TSU, crossing the state border of the Russian Federation, must send the information about time and date of arrival to the International Division by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than two days! before arrival. If you want someone to pick you up form the airport, you can order a university pick up service. The cost is around 1200-1500 rubles cash. If you need this service. please complete the following form and send it to email@example.com together with the information about your arrival. If you don't need this service and you would like to take a bus or a taxi, we will provide you with information on how to get to TSU.
2. Students, crossing the state border of the Russian Federation to study at TSU, must have a medical document (in Russian or English), proving the negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test obtained no earlier than 72 hours (3 days) before arriving to the territory of the Russian Federation (it is impossible to go through border control without it!
3. If a student plans to check in to a dormitory/Student Residential Complex, he/she should go through self-isolation until the PCR test result, which must be obtained within 72 hours (3 days) from the moment of arrival in Tomsk.
In case of a negative result, the student is checked in to a dormitory/Student Residential Complex. If a positive result is obtained, the student goes through self-isolation until a negative retest result is obtained.
4. The student may:
- go through self-isolation in the TSU Isolation ward (22 A.Ivanova Street);
- go through self-isolation on his/her own (rented apartment, friends’ apartment, hostel, hotel).
In case of self-isolation in the TSU Isolation ward, the PCR test will be done at the expense of the university. In case of self-isolation on his/her own – at the student's expense.
5. To check in to the dormitory or Student Residential Complex the student should submit to the Head of the dormitory or Student Residential Complex the following documents:
1) The rental agreement for residential premises, or a medical certificate from the TSU Isolation ward or from the owner of the apartment (with the prescribed information of the start and end date of self-isolation);
2) Medical certificate of the negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test (before crossing the border);
3) Medical certificate of the negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test (after crossing the border and obtained within 3 days);
4) Medical certificate of X-ray fluorography (obtained no later than 11 months). Please, address a specialist in the International Students Services Centre (Parus - office 15, Mayak - office 202), he will help you;
5) Medical certificate of the absence of pediculosis and scabies (obtained no later than 3 days before check-in). Please, address a specialist in the International Students Services Centre (Parus - office 15, Mayak - office 202), he will help you;
6) Certificate of TSU student status;
7) Passport, ID (+ copies of all completed pages);
8) Migration card (+ a copy of it).
You can check in to a dormitory/Student Residential Complex only if you provide ALL documents mentioned above.
 “Obtained no earlier than 72 hours” means that the negative result should be valid on the date of your arrival. In general, such tests are valid for only 3 days.
6. Within three days you will receive a copy of your registration document. This document will be the legal proof of your eligibility to stay within Russia.
7. All new international students will be offered orientation events: you will investigate the city, become acquainted with the studying opportunities and extracurricular activities in TSU, have interesting excursions (e.g. special tour for international students "History of TSU", the program is here), seminars on Russian social networks and try Russian cuisine. These events are organized by the volunteers of the student organization “ TSU-Online”. Even now you can look at these nice guys and start communication with them through this web-site or our FB account: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tsuonline/ or VK: https://vk.com/tsu_online
And here are several VERY useful tips for you BEFORE you have left your home!
Clothes and other stuff
As you are heading to another country, it is high time to think over a few things to prepare yourself. The Siberian winter is severe and long, so you need to stock up on some very warm clothing, including good headgear, footwear, coats and gloves. The average January temperature is about -19 to -21°C below zero, but sometimes it can be as cold as -30° or -35°C. Tomsk is rather snowy, so you'll need good and warm waterproof boots, with soles that are well-suited to snowy or icy sidewalks. By the way, waterproof boots, a raincoat, and an umbrella are necessary for autumn and spring, too, when it can also be windy and wet. The Siberian summer is relatively short and sometimes rainy; with the average July temperature of +17° to +18°C, though sometimes it can reach +30°C and higher.
Before leaving your Tomsk room at any time of year, it is a good idea to always check the weather outside and also the forecast. For example, here in Tomsk: http://pogoda.vtomske.ru/.
If you do not bring warm clothes with you, you can always buy things you need here in Tomsk. There are many shops and markets where you can find suitable clothes. While the prices in some of the shops may be high for students, it is also possible to buy winter clothing items at the open markets relatively inexpensively, as well as in many second-hand shops. This may be a more practical approach to having what you actually need. Perhaps you can earmark some money to get things locally, rather than trying to guess what you will need, spending a lot of your money, having to pack everything, and then perhaps discovering that what you have brought is not what you really needed, after all.
In case your Russian language skills are quite good, you may be able to shop in the Russian stores on your own, even using the list of shops with their phone numbers to check on needed items by telephone. For most students it is recommended that you ask for help from your responsible person or other native speaker who knows this city and shops, and who can help you find just what you need. You can also call the International Student Services Centre, where you can obtain more detailed information.
We also recommend you bring certain things you will undoubtedly need.
Personal hygiene items. For the first few months in Tomsk your body will need to get used to new conditions (dry air, moisture, snow, and frost when winter arrives), and that may cause temporary problems with skin, hair, and nails. It is recommended to bring a moisturizing cream, a hygienic lip balm, masks, and possibly oils or a lotion to help your body during this period.
Anything that would remind you of home. A change of lifestyle and place, and a great distance from your home, can lead to depression or loneliness. So, even if you are enthusiastic about your upcoming studies, we recommend bringing with you a few photos of your family, a souvenir given to you by friends, or a few items from your current home to your new home. These little things will make your new home, “homier” and more comfortable.
A laptop, as modern education requires the active use of computers.
Finance and currency exchange
Your ability to pay for certain costs upon your arrival in Russia is important. Prior to your coming to Tomsk, make sure that you will have with you not less than 5000-7000 rubles (the Russian national currency). This sum should be enough for your first one or two weeks in Tomsk. You should check the exchange rate between the currencies of your country and Russia, so that you can convert at least the equivalent of 5000 to 7000 rubles for your initial expenses. The remainder of your funds could be exchanged after you arrive in Russia. Please, also note, that your banknotes should not have any hand-written marks or signs! Otherwise there could be problems with the money exchange.
You can get additional information in our INTERNATIONAL STUDENT'S HANDBOOK