Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions about your enrolment, tuition fees, admission and many more.

General information

When does the academic year start?

Classes at Gubkin University begin in September and finish in June. The academic year is divided into two semesters. Every semester ends with an examination session. Summer vacation lasts for two months; some students do practical training during summer which continues for up to one month. Check additionally the academic calendar.


What programs does Gubkin University offer?

Gubkin University offers training in 32 Bachelor's (4 years), 10 Specialist’s (5 years), 77 Master's (2 years) and 40 Doctoral (3-4 years) degree programs in Russian and English. In addition to the main academic programs, Gubkin University offers a wide range of additional professional development programs for university graduates and industry professionals.


Can I apply for more than one program?

If you apply for a Bachelor's program you can choose up to 3 diffrent programs from different faculties, however you must be sure that entrance exams do not overlap with each other. Please refer to the timetable of entrance exams.

If you apply for a Master's program you can choose up to 3 programs within one faculty as all faculties have entrance exams at the same date and you cannot attend all of them simultaneously.


Does Gubkin University offer distance learning degrees?

No, the University does not offer this kind of opportunity.


Are there Open Days at Gubkin University?

Yes, Open Days are held twice a year – in March and November.

You can also come to a 15-minute personalised advice session to our International Students Office.

Phone: +7 (499) 507-90-12, 65 Leninsky Prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia

Application and admission

When do I need to apply to Gubkin University?

Application deadlines may vary every year by program (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral Studies). Therefore, check additionally with the International Students Office via email: Note that individual application and enrollment deadlines are set for prospective students applying through quotas allocated by the Ministry for Education and Science of the Russian Federation.


What are the steps I need to follow to apply to Gubkin University?

To apply to Gubkin University as an international student, read carefully our step-by-step guide.


Are there any language requirements to apply to Gubkin University?

The language of instruction at Gubkin University is Russian. For this reason, to enter an academic program at Gubkin University it is required to pass the Russian proficiency test. However, Russian language proficiency should not be viewed as a barrier to enroll. Gubkin University offers a ten-month Preparatory course for prospective international students to help them meet the language admission requirements.


How long will it take to consider my application to the Preparatory course?

The process of reviewing your documents can take up to a month, so you have to make sure you apply well in advance to have enough time for visa and other arrangements.


I have been asked to send a certificate of previous education with an academic transcript but I am still studying and do not have a final transcript. What should I do?

Please send us an official interim transcript showing your grades achieved so far. However, if you recieve a conditional offer you have to provide the original final transcript.

Financial matters

What is the cost of the program?

Check the tuition and fees page for detailed information.


When do I have to pay my program fees?

If accepted, you pay them just before the start of the academic year. First year students are invoiced yearly. Senior students may be invoiced termly by the decision of the University.


Are there any scholarships available?

Every year the Government of the Russian Federation provides 15,000 scholarships for foreigners to study in Russia. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) are directly involved in planning, organization and implementation of the selection. The competitive selection of candidates is organized by Rossotrudnichestvo representative offices around the world. In the countries where Rossotrudnichestvo is not represented the competitive selection is organized by Russian embassies or consulates. To find out the exact dates and forms of qualifying tests and to ask questions on the procedure please contact the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office or the Russian diplomatic mission in your country. The selection is carried out in two stages:

  1. by the Russian foreign institutions in foreign countries;
  2. by the Russian educational institutions that are ready to take on training foreign applicants, chosen among the candidates at the first stage.

For additional information visit the official website for foreign nationals enrollment for study in the Russian Federation.

Visa, housing and insurance

Is accommodation provided to international students by Gubkin University?

Yes, Gubkin University provides accommodation for all international students during their studies. The University has a great campus with 5 multi-storey buildings for 4,176 accommodation places. Living on campus is an ideal way to transition to university life.


Do I need to apply for visa to study at Gubkin University?

To enter the Russian Federation most international students need to have a student visa. The student visa is arranged in the Russian embassy or consulate in your home country. Note that visas cannot be obtained within Russia, because it is an entry document to the country.

At first, applicants have to receive a visa invitation which is prepared by the University.

In case of a received quota place (a state scholarship), the invitation is prepared by the Ministry for Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The applicant can check an invitation status via (the service is provided by the Ministry for Education and Science of the Russian Federation).

As soon as the invitation is received or a status notification is provided, the applicant will have to collect a document package and address to the Russian embassy.


Does University assist in obtaining visa to come to the entrance exams?

No, the University gives you support in obtaining a student visa by making an official invitation only in case you successfully passed all the entrance exams and got admitted to the program. If you need to come to take entrance exams in summer you should come by tourist visa.

If you cannot find the answer to your question on our website, contact the International Students Office at