International students

Why gsotu?

You will get a degree one of the most recognized a century old oil university of Russia .

Comfortable accommodation in a newly build residence halls in a vibrant student area of Grozny.

Affordable living cost.

Strike oil in Russian educational field!

GSOTU offers degrees of different levels:

GSOTU offers degrees of different levels

To enter undergraduate level a certificate of secondary education is required.

The certificate of secondary education issued abroad might require recognition and/or legalization.

Each country has specific procedure of recognition and legalization.

Recognition and legalization learn more.

Language of instruction in GSOTU is Russian. Your written and spoken Russian must be good enough for you to fully understand, and benefit from, your degree course. Russian as a foreign language is taught at Preparatory Department as a Foundation Course.

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

Note: Foundation course can start anytime throughout the year

Grading structure

GSOTU like many Russian universities use 5-point grading scale:

grading scale

Grade Definition
5 points Excellent
4 points Good
3 points Satisfactory
2 points Unsatisfactory

Some courses evaluated based on two stage grading: fail or pass.

Student’s Documents

During studies a student will be issued 2 basic documents:

  • Each student is given a Student ID which should be renewed at the beginning of each academic year at the Office of their respective school.
  • Record book is used to enter credits, exam grades, course paper grades, and internships. Before every semester’s finals period students must get a stamp “admitted” to prove that they are eligible to take exams.
  • Campus card with photo and of the student used both as a pass to enter university campus and as debit bank card MIR, issued by Moscow Industrial Bank in Grozny.

9 drops of oil for wheels (application guide)

  • 1. Search for a course

    List of courses

  • 2. Define source of funding

    There are two option for enrolling: fee-based and tuition-free.
    Fee-based means that a student pays him/herself the tuition. To enter GSOTU the candidate will take university entrance exams usually 3. One of the exams is Russian language proficiency and other two subjects depending on the course chosen.

    Tuition-free is when Government of Russian Federation pays for tuition.

    Russian Federation grants 15 000 scholarships a year for international students. You can apply for funding through the Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency as part of a Russian Government scholarship.

    Applications must be submitted before March 1 to a Rossotrudnichestvo office at a Russian Embassy/Consulate or an office of the Russian Center of Science and Culture.

    Visit to learn more.
    After you submit application on GSOTU receives shortlisted candidates by Rossotrudnichestvo office/Russian Embassy/Consulate/ office of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in respective country. GSOTU considers the candidates based on the following criteria:
    a. average score of the academic transcript with focus on proficiency in the subjects relevant to their chosen major;
    b. social activity in recent competitions, publications, participation in conferences.

    After GSOTU approves the application, the candidate will be sent unconditional offer (invitation letter). With this letter, the candidate is enrolled on the date of arrival to GSOTU (regardless of deadlines of the general admissions campaign and without additional exams).
    A visa invitation also will be available in the Rossotrudnichestvo system The candidate will use it to request a student visa at their nearest Russian Embassy/Consulate.

    During studies, tuition-free students can only transfer between programs within the scope of their subject area.

  • 3. Check the deadlines

    2019/2020 year admission for tuition-free position starts June 20 and closes: August 8.

    Fee-based admission starts June 20 and closes August 30.

  • 4. Collect your documents and submit your application

    a. Fill in the form
    b. Travelling passport valid at least 6 months after the end of your stay in Russia. A copy and a notarized translation.
    c. Secondary education or B.A. degree certificate with transcript. Please note that it should be accompanied by a notarized translation into Russian which can be done through a Russian consulate or Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country. Depending on the country where the certificate was issued it might require recognition and/or legalization. Learn more
    d. Your photo. You will be asked to upload your photo while completing the online application form. You will also have to provide ITMO University with four printed photos in the 3*4 cm format when you arrive in St. Petersburg.
    e. Medical certificate with HIV test taken less than 6 months ago
    f. Medical certificate stating that you have no medical restrictions to study abroad

    To complete the application process send the printed and signed application form and other documents to 100 Isaeva st., Grozny, 364024, Russia, Admission Office.

    Check email address regularly not to miss letter from GSOTU. It may take up to 3 weeks after the submission deadline to receive this email.

  • 5. Pass the entrance exams

    Fee-based students take GSOTU’s own exams. Typically, it is Russian language test, and two other subjects depending on the course chosen. Dates of the exams scheduled individually and will be sent to email of the applicant.

    Tuition-free based students, funded by the Government of the Russian Federation, apply to GSOTU via Entrance exams are held by representatives of Rossotrudnichestvo or Russian Embassy/Consulate in your country.

  • 6. Apply for visa

    To travel to Russia International students are required to have visa. Students from some countries do not require visa. In any case duration of their stay in Russia is limited. Please visit or contact the Russian embassy/consulate in your home country to check the visa requirements.

    Student visa should be applied for at a Russian embassy/consulate in your home country. GSOTU provides successful applicants with the official Invitation Letter needed for applying for student visa. The electronic invitation will be sent to the e-mail indicated in the application form. You will be required to print it and submit it to the Russian embassy/consulate.

    This Invitation Letter entitles you to a 90-days entry visa, which is issued by a Russian embassy/consulate in your home country. The period of your visa will be extended to cover the whole period of your study program after you’ve signed a study contract with GSOTU.

    All international students are required to get a migration registration upon their arrival in Russia. GSOTU International Office will guide you through this process.

  • 7. Pay the tuition fees

    All students pay living, transportation and other costs, as well as health insurance. Also all students pay for staying in Residence Halls of GSOTU if they choose to stay there. Tuition-free students are exempted from paying tuition fee only.

    Tuition fees for Russian nationals and International students are different. Learn more about tuition fee or contact

  • 8. Register with immigration office

    Crossing Russian border all international visitors fill in migration card. Migration card is a document certifying international citizens’ stay in Russia. You can ask for a migration card form onboard a plane to Russia or get it at a special information desk near the passport control.

    On the day of your arrival to Russia (or the first following working day should you arrive at the weekend), you’ll need to visit GSOTU International Office (100 Isaeva St) to get your migration registration.

    Please bring the following documents with you:
    - Travel passport
    - Migration card with an official stamp indicating that you’ve crossed the Russian border
    - All international students should also have a valid medical insurance. This can be obtained at any insurance company or through GSOTU International Office (100 Isaeva St.)

  • 9. Dive into new culture

    International students will be introduced to a “buddy”, a Russian student from year 2 or older, to help adapt to local landscape and show around the campus and the city.