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. You need to inform us of your visit not later than 5-7 days before your arrival in Tomsk. Please, send the email scans of your visa and tickets to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We urgently need this information to book a room for you in our Student’s Dormitory.
Here you can see the photos of this new and well-equipped dormitory: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.541641712674174&type=3
2. If it is your first time in Tomsk, the Centre’s specialists can organise a transfer for you to TSU (order a taxi to the University dormitory) from Bogashevo Airport (Tomsk), Tolmachevo airport (Novosibirsk) or Tomsk railway and bus stations. This service must be booked 5-7 days before your arrival. We need this time to prepare your room and other documents for your arrival. If you were not able to inform us at least 5-7 days before your arrival, we will provide you with information on how to get to TSU or book a taxi. Please complete the following form and send it to the Centre's email address: email@example.com. Please find some useful information about what you should do before and after arrival.
3. On the day you arrive in Tomsk, or the next work day, you must visit International Students Services Centre (room 15 in the Dormitory) for your migration registration and rent agreement procedures. The following documents must be provided:
• passport and visa;
• migration card.
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.
4. To have accommodation in the dormitory you need to get medical examination in Tomsk. Please, address a specialist in the International Students Services Centre (room 15 in the Dormitory), he will help you.
5. 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 5,000 - 7,000 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 5,000 to 7,000 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