Once a student has decided to study in Russia, he/she needs to fill in the Application Form providing the following information and documents: surname, first name, and second name (patronymic); citizenship; date and place of birth; sex; a photocopy of passport (the page with your photograph indicating your date and place of birth, date of the issue of the passport, and its expiry date); a photocopy of the certificate of high (secondary) school education (or a written explanation of its lack); home address; telephone number including the area code; e-mail address; speciality, town and name of the university
A passport validity at the moment of applying for an official invitation to Russia for education at the universities of the Russian Federation must be no less than 2 years. If the expiry of your passport is sooner, you have to prolong the term of its validity.
Applications for studies at Russian universities are collected annually from April till November. Since the number of vacancies (quotas) for international students is limited, it is those applicants who were the first to send their applications and to make up properly all the papers required that have the highest chance for admission. After the applications have been duly considered, the university officially confirms admission to the applicant (reservation of a university vacancy).
A student should then follow all the instructions for getting the formal invitation to study in Russia in accordance with the requirements to the educational documents and the terms of entrance. It takes from 35 to 45 days for the Department of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation to draw up the official letter of invitation for international students.