Steps to Admission

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Applications can be submitted as of 15 January 2021.

The deadline for applying is 20 July 2021.


All applicants are encouraged to start applications early and take their time presenting their best effort. It is going to take about 3 months from the day of application until the arrival to TSU.


 Choose the program from the list presented on this website under the “Programs” section. 


Complete the online application form (click on Apply Now). Also, upload your scans of documents that confirm your academic background (diploma, diploma supplement, certificates, transcripts, i.e. academic credentials) and a passport. For each post-secondary institution you've attended, you should upload a registrar-issued transcript for review.

Note: Transcripts must be official copies from the registrar's office. We cannot accept unofficial transcripts or grade reports copied from student accounts. 


Take the entrance exams (written or oral). Admissions are very competitive and you should have achieved (or be on track to achieve) at least the minimum grade to apply (55 points out of 100 possible). The program manager will contact you about the exams and schedule the date for skype interview after your application is reviewed.


If you have passed the exams successfully you will receive a confirmation letter on conditional approval. After that the learning agreement and an invoice is sent. Make an advance payment according to the invoice and complete the visa support application form.


Get an invitation from the TSU Visa Department. Usually it takes one month (20 business days). This invitation gives the right to apply for an entry visa at the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your home country prior to arrival in Russia. International applicants should not leave their home country before gaining admission to TSU.


After receiving the visa, please, send us information about your travel route (airline, flight number, arrival time, etc.) to organize the pick-up service. Please do so 7 days prior to your arrival.


Detailed Rules of Admission can be found here.


In order to be enrolled as a student of Tomsk State University your educational documents must be duly certified. You must have your diploma legalised (authorised) and translated into Russian language.


What is legalisation?


Legalisation is a procedure of giving legal effect to a document issued in one country on the territory of another country. Legalisation shows that:

  • the document was issued by a competent and expert authority
  • the signature, seal and/or stamp on the document are genuine
  • the document’s format is correct


There are two types of document legalisation: 

  1. Apostille 
  2. Consular legalisation 

The type of the legalisation depends on the country of origin of the document.




This means that documents are legalised using 1 stamp or sticker only. This is called an ‘apostille’. In cases like this, Country A legalises the document with an apostille. After this, no more steps are necessary. Documents with an apostille can be used in all the countries that are members of the Apostille Convention.

All the countries that are members of the Apostille Convention are listed on the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).


Consular legalisation


Legalising a document involves taking certain steps in a certain order. ‘Country A’ is the country the document comes from:


Step 1

A competent authority in Country A checks that the document has been signed by the correct authority or authorities in Country A. This is usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Country A. After approval, a stamp or sticker is placed on the document. This shows the Russian authorities that the document has been issued by a competent authority in Country A.


Step 2

The Russian authorities check the document and place another stamp or sticker on it. This is usually done by the Russian embassy, consulate-general or honorary consul in Country A.


Attention! After the documents are duly legalised (containing official stamps), they must be translated into Russian language and witnessed by the Notary.


The University recognition


The recognition is conducted by the University staff in order to provide the candidate with the right to study. The legalised documents are prerequisite for the University recognition. Our specialists review the documents (diploma and transcripts) and give their documented approval for student to be enrolled to the University.