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Before arrival

Before arriving in Petrozavodsk, there are many practical matters that must be taken care of. We have gathered the necessary information for incoming students and hope that it will be useful to you.

Before submitting an application and a scanned copy of your passport, please be sure that:

- Your passport is valid 18 months from the date of your arrival in Russia. If not, you will need to renew your passport before applying for the program.

- Your application is submitted no later than 8 weeks before the expected date of arrival.

We need this time prepare an invitation letter for your student visa, which you will need to obtain from the Russian consulate of your country.
Only applicants with a student visa are eligible to study at PetrSU or live in a dormitory. Note that an invitation letter is only valid for one month after being issued. You can get a Letter of Acceptance to PetrSU upon request if needed. In general, our students receive letters of invitation a month before the beginning of their course as invitation letters are only valid for a month.

You can get a Letter of Acceptance to PetrSU upon request if needed.
As a rule our students receive letters of invitation a month before the beginning of the course as invitation letters are only valid for only one month and there is no use of issuing them in advance.







Beautiful winter in Petrozavodsk Our city (photo by Maria Pokryshkina) PetrSU (photo by Aleksandr Isakov) Colourful Petrozavodsk (photo by Nikolay Smirnov)


Items Cost per month (RUB)
 Food  6000-8000
 Accommodation (homestay or renting apartment)  10000-18000
 Accommodation (dormitory)  1000
 Phone calls (local)  300
 Transport expenses (bus)  1500
 Medical insurance  2000 (per year)

The ruble (rouble) is the currency of Russia (1 ruble = 100 kopeks). You can buy rubles in bank offices or get them directly from cash terminals. You will always get a receipt when exchanging money officially. There are different types of banknotes in circulation: 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 rubles. Coins in circulation are: 1, 2, 5, 10 rubles, and 1, 5, 10, 50 kopeks. All payments are made in rubles; no other currencies are accepted in shops or government agencies.  

Major cards e.g. Visa, MasterCard, American Express are accepted by the vast majority of shops, clubs, bars and hotels. Banking machines are spread throughout the city. In order to draw dollars or euros from the card, you will need to address to one of the bank offices, which are also widespread. Note that all the banks charge fees during financial transactions. You can easily exchange money and open an account if needed.

visa master card american express

All incoming students must obtain medical insurance. Students, who come to one-year programs, can get insurance in Petrozavodsk. You can choose the best option from the various insurance companies we cooperate with. Other students get insurance before coming to Petrozavodsk.
The current price for medical insurance for one year is 2000 RUB, which is 30 American dollars as per 13.11.2015.

We kindly recommend you to check the weather forecast for the dates of your stay before coming to Petrozavodsk at (you can change the language at the right top of the page). If you are coming in winter, which usually lasts from November to March, make sure to take warm clothes, a pair of boots with tread outsole (protectors). The weather in Petrozavodsk and Karelia as a whole can vary widely. Winter temperature may vary from +5°C to -30°C, while summer temperature usually stays around +20-25°C.

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Petrozavodsk, Karelia is located in northern European Russian and shares a border with Finland. The city also serves as an interline hub between Eastern Finland / Murmansk & Arkhangelsk and Moscow / Saint-Petersburg.
The most popular way to get here is by train from Moscow or Saint-Petersburg.

Therefore, you should plan your trip to either Moscow or St. Petersburg, and then you can book your tickets through official site of Russian railways: .
Note that it is possible to book a ticket 45 days before the date of arrival.

There is also an opportunity to get to Petrozavodsk via Finland. Petrozavodsk has several transport companies which have regular bus communication with a range of finnish cities:

  • Kakadu  (Helsinki, Tampere)

  • Avtoexpress (Helsinki on a daily basis, Kuopio and Joensuu once a week)

That way you can also get to Finland first and go by bus straight to Petrozavodsk afterwards. If you want to get advice on the most convenient way to reach Petrozavodsk, don’t hesitate to contact us via or through our Facebook page 


Petrozavodsk has a wide range of leisure activities for people of all ages. There are four theaters, all of which are located in the very center of the city: the Music Theater of Karelia, the National Theater of Karelia (Karjalan Kansallinen teatteri), Tvorcheskaya Masterskaya Theatre (the “Art Workshop” theatre), and the Puppet Theater. The city has its own Symphony Orchestra, an annual international rock music festival, “Vozduh,” which takes place in the summer, a world famous conservatory named after Glazunov, and many folk and contemporary song and dance ensembles.
Petrozavodsk State University is known for its Academic choir:


Guests of our city are free to choose where to spend their evenings and weekends. There are numerous clubs, cinemas, and cafes and restaurants containing traditional Karelian cuisine. The city also has a dolphinarium.
The city maintains its cultural capital status by organizing various annual events including the Night of the Arts, Night of Museums, the International Winter Festival “Hyperborea”, many international film festivals throughout the year, and much more. We have a number of peaceful and beautiful parks and the Onego Lake embankment – a place where people like to walk, spend time with their family, jog, reflect, or simply enjoy the view.

There are various types of sports events in Petrozavodsk. Almost all popular sports are present: chess, checkers, bridge, Go, table tennis, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, cycling, boxing, judo, karate, Wushu, athletics, weight lifting, figure skating, hockey, and skiing. Karelian extreme sports attract tourists from all over the country and from abroad. You may go rafting, skydiving, riding in a hot air balloon, dog sledding, or simply try riding a horse.

You can find out more information about the upcoming cultural events in Petrozavodsk HERE 

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Petrozavodsk State University
Russia, Republic of Karelia. Petrozavodsk,
20 Anokhina str., office 412
8 8142 71 96 27
8 8142 76 58 35

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