Useful information
In this section you will find all the necessary information for a comfortable stay in Chelyabinsk. To avoid difficulties and problems, follow our simple instructions, rules and recommendations ♥
Dear friends! Welcome to Chelyabinsk, the capital of the South Urals, Russia.
Let’s explore the city and its sights.

Chelyabinsk Region: Coat of Arms and Flag
The key figure of Chelyabinsk region is a white double-humped camel carrying yellow baggage. This is a sturdy noble animal looking respectable and allegorically depicting wisdom, longevity, memory, loyalty and patience. In the IV-IX centuries, merchants used camels for carrying their goods from China to Europe; the great Silk Road stretched through Chelyabinsk region.

Chelyabinsk and Chelyabinsk region are located on the border of Europe and Asia.

The Ural Mountains range forms part of the conventional boundary between the continents of Europe and Asia; part of that mountain range is located in Taganay National Park.

Chelyabinsk region is rich in natural resources. Of great significance are potassium, magnesium, graphite, talc, copper, nickel, and construction minerals. Ilmen Nature Reserve and Plastovsky District are rich with gemstones and ornamental stones such as sapphire, ruby, amethyst, opal, topaz, garnet, malachite, jasper, and others..

Chelyabinsk region in the past
The city of Chelyabinsk was founded in September 1736 on the banks of the river Miass. The settlement was a fortress, protecting the road from territories behind the Ural Mountains to Orenburg. Today, more than a million people live in Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk is an administrative center of Chelyabinsk Oblast, which is part of Ural Federal District.
Until the end of the XIX century, Chelyabinsk had remained a small city. Thanks to Alexander III, Chelyabinsk regenerated in 1892. That year, Samara-Zlatoust railway was built, which connected Chelyabinsk with the European part of the Russian Empire. From that moment on, Chelyabinsk has started its rapid development.
During World War II, Chelyabinsk became the hub for more than two hundred evacuated enterprises and hundreds of thousands people. The city population increased from 270,000 to 650,000 people. Chelyabinsk gave birth to the industrial giants of Russia: Chelyabinsk Forge-and-Press Plant, Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, Chelyabinsk Tube Rolling Plant, and others. Yet, Chelyabinsk is mostly famous for its tank production. Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant merged with the evacuated plants during the war, and Chelyabinsk got a new name - Tankograd (“Tank city’).

Chelyabinsk today

Modern Chelyabinsk is a big industrial city, the center for business, education, science, and culture in Chelyabinsk region.
Chelyabinsk occupies the area of 530 km2, 20% of which are lakes and rivers (Shershni, Smolino, Sineglazovo, Miass River, etc.).

Chelyabinsk sights
One of the most beautiful Chelyabinsk streets is Kirovka (the Chelyabinsk Arbat), the oldest pedestrian street of the city. The street is decorated with 19 sculptures depicting historical and literary characters and people of different professions and classes.

Situated on the bank of Miass River, Chelyabinsk Regional Museum of Local History is one of the most stunning buildings in the city.
The Museum introduces the visitors to the wildlife and people of the Urals, starting from the Iron Age. The Museum also displays coins, medals, Zlatoust engraving art, cast iron art, fine arts, porcelain collection, applied arts, and a jewellery collection.
In October 2013, the biggest fragment (600 kg) of the Chelyabinsk meteorite (February 2013) was delivered to Chelyabinsk Regional Museum of Local History.

The main building of South Ural State University is one of the most impressive buildings and a special feature of Chelyabinsk.

Near the University, one can find a monument to Igor Kurchatov, a Soviet nuclear physicist and the director of the Soviet atomic bomb project

Best things to do in Chelyabinsk

Chelyabinsk citizens and visitors spend their time strolling in parks and squares, the unique musical fountain being one the most favourite places to go to. It is located at the Revolution Square. It is a necessary part of every city celebration, with its dancing under some beautiful music.

During the weekend, people usually head for Gagarin Park where they can enjoy relict pine forest, or have a walk in Pushkin Park or Aloe Pole square. Sad Pobedy (“Victory Park”) displays military equipment (cars, tanks, trucks) of World War II.
In Chelyabinsk Zoo you can meet more than a hundred species of wild animals and birds, including white bears, Amur tigers, snow leopards, and chimpanzees.

There are more than 8 000 entertainment places in Chelyabinsk, where you can have fun together with your friends and family.
For example, in Chelyabinsk you can visit a planetarium or enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the second biggest Ferris wheel in Russia.
In Chelyabinsk, you can visit 18 cinemas, 18 theatres, more than 150 nightclubs, and 1322 bars, cafes and restaurants.

Procedure upon arrival in Chelyabinsk

Step 1. Check-in to the hostel
Dormitory №3, st. Sony Curve, 79, separate entrance

After receiving a visa to Russia, you must inform about your arrival and send a copy of the plane ticket to the Dean's office and to no later than 7 days before the date of arrival in Chelyabinsk

Step 2. Registration with the Migration Service

On the first working day after arrivial at Chelyabinsk, you must contact the Department of Migration Support for Foreign Citizens, offices 150 and 151, the main building of SUSU (for visa countries) or to the Passport Service of Dormitory №7 (for visa-free countries) for migration registration.
Send documents to the mail -

  • passport copy (all pages)
  • copy of the migration card
  • extract from the dormitory

Step 3. Admission to the educational process

Admission to the educational process for foreign students who arrived at the territory of the Russian Federation from abroad is carried out upon passing a medical examination at the SUSU Medical Center (60 Soni Krivoy St., 2nd floor)

Migration law

For legal residence in Russia, foreign students must:

  • fill out a migration card for the purpose of "study";
  • register for immigration

The migration card is filled out by all foreigners who come to Russia with or without a visa. Free forms are issued on the plane, train, and also before passing through passport control at the airport (at the station).

How to fill out a migration card

The migration card must be filled out in Russian (or in Latin letters in case of ignorance of the Russian language), legibly, without blots and corrections. After that, the card is handed over to the border guard. You will be given a tear-off part of the form - this is your migration card, which is important to keep until leaving Russia.

How long is the migration card valid

The migration card is valid all the time while you are in Russia. But if you leave the country, then you hand it over at the border control, and when you return, you fill out a new one.

Medical examination and fingerprinting

All foreign citizens entering the territory of the Russian Federation from December 29, 2021 must undergo a medical examination and fingerprinting procedures.
Foreign students and their family members must complete these procedures within 90 days from the date of entry into the Russian Federation (using a migration card).

Who is exempted from the need to undergo new procedures:

  • Citizens of the Republic of Belarus
  • Foreign citizens with TRP and residence permit
  • Children under 6
What will happen if these procedures are not followed?
The following sanctions may be applied to persons who have not passed the established procedures or have passed them in violation of the deadline: an administrative fine, a reduction in the period of stay of a foreign citizen in Russia.
If you do not speak Russian, ask in advance for the help of a person who can accompany you to a medical institution, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and assist in translating and filling out the documents in Russian.

What should be done:

Step 1. Medical examination

1.1. You arrive at the address: Chelyabinsk, st. Shumenskaya, 16, 2nd floor, office 226.
Working hours: Monday-Friday 8.00-12.00, 12.30-15.00, Saturday and Sunday DO NOT WORK.

What to take with you:

  • cash,
  • passport (+ copy of the first page and visa),
  • migration card (+ copy),
  • registration (+ copy).

These procedures are PAID!!!

1.2. You arrive at: st. Yablochkina, 24

1.3. You arrive at: st. Vorovskogo, 38

1.4. Analysis lead time: 3-4 working days.

1.5. Take tests on the street. Vorovskogo, 38 and Yablochkina, 24. Return to the street. Shumenskaya, 16 (office 229, 13.00-15.30) for all certificates!!!

What documents you will receive:

  • Medical report according to the form № 001-IZ
  • HIV certificate
  • Narcologist's certificate

Validity of medical documents is 12 months. After the expiration of the period, you need to go through the procedure AGAIN and submit the documents to the office 150/151, SUSU and the local department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs!

Step 2. Fingerprinting and photography

Students from visa countries: TO SIGN UP FOR DISTINGULOSCOPY, YOU NEED TO GO TO ROOM 151!!!

You can go through the fingerprinting procedure at the address of the migration service of the area where you live. If you live in a hostel, this is the Central District: st. Karl Marx, 78, office 222.

What to take with you:

  • medical certificates (+ copies),
  • a notarized translation of your passport.
This procedure is FREE!
What document do you receive? A plastic card! It is issued for 10 years.

Step 3. For students from visa countries

Come to room 150/151 SUSU with a plastic card, which you receive after these procedures, or send a photo of it to!



Documents for visa extension must be brought 45 days before its expiration!

What documents are needed:

  • passport,
  • migration card,
  • registration,
  • photo 3*4,
  • check for 1600 rubles,
  • study agreement / referral.
You need to come PERSONALLY to office 151, the main building of SUSU
If you don't show up on time, you'll have to fly home!!!
Features of the educational process in Russia
The Russian education system is considered one of the best in the world. Russian education includes general and vocational education, each of which has several levels.

General education is divided into:

  • preschool;
  • initial general;
  • basic general;
  • average total.

Professional is divided into:

  • secondary vocational education (technical schools and colleges, where you can master a specialty in 2-3 years);
  • higher education: bachelor's degree, specialist's degree, master's degree and training of highly qualified personnel (postgraduate study, residency, assistantship-internship).

The education system in the Russian Federation also includes additional vocational education, which includes short refresher courses and longer programs aimed at deepening knowledge in the chosen field.

Higher education in Russia

The modern system of higher education in Russia is built according to the Bologna principle and includes a bachelor's degree (4 years of study), a master's degree (2 years). Then follows the postgraduate level or the so-called training of highly qualified personnel. Also, in many universities, a specialty has been preserved, where training lasts at least 5 years.
Russian universities offer several forms of education: full-time, evening, part-time and distance learning. Each of them has its own advantages.
Citizens of foreign countries can apply to a Russian university, there are different ways of admission.
Russian universities offer many educational programs in a variety of areas of study. Foreign students can choose any of them. Medical and engineering specialties, IT and others are popular. Many programs are available not only in Russian, but also in English. In addition, for applicants who do not speak Russian, there are preparatory departments where you can master the language and specialized disciplines.

Development of Russian higher education

Improving the Russian education system is one of the priority tasks of modern Russia. To make higher education more attractive to foreign applicants, the country is implementing the Export of Russian Education project. The Government of the Russian Federation is trying to provide foreign students with the most comfortable conditions for staying in the country. Thus, in December 2017, a law was passed to facilitate the procedure for extending a student visa for foreign students. In addition, in the near future it is planned to simplify the issuance of Russian passports to talented foreign graduates of Russian universities.
When entering a Russian university, a foreign applicant can choose one of the options: pass the Unified State Examination or internal university exams. The USE is usually held in Russia, but in some countries you can take it at local schools or at Russian embassies.
Russian education is becoming more and more popular abroad. According to Rosstat, in the 2016/2017 academic year, 244,000 foreign students studied in Russia. The number of Russian universities that are included in the authoritative educational rankings QS, ARWU, THE and others is also growing. The university in modern Russia is a full participant in the scientific process. Many higher educational institutions of the country today have modern research laboratories, medical universities are actively involved in clinical activities. In addition, many popular science, cultural and educational events are held on the basis of universities.

Some advice on sociocultural adaptation
For successful adaptation, follow a few tips:
  • Communicate more with the locals;
  • Pre-study the local traditions and mentality;
  • Keep the usual rituals:

At home, you probably had certain rituals - for example, you went to the movies on Saturdays. If possible, follow these habits in a new place - so the body will be more comfortable in the changed reality. And create new traditions! They can be absolutely anything - from Sunday brunch to evening walks in the park in good weather).

  • Find new acquaintances;
  • Try to spend less time in the room;
  • Take part in various activities:

You can find all information about upcoming events in the group:

Association of International Students and Alumni


  • Learn Russian;
  • Prepare your body for the move:

Try to eat healthy food, drink vitamins and do not overload the body with local dishes.

  • Be open to new experiences;
  • Maintain contact with family and friends;
  • Don't keep emotions to yourself;
  • Get ready for challenges:

It's perfectly normal that things won't go smoothly. You are bound to run into difficulties. And the main advice here is to give yourself time. Gradually, the country and the locals will become more understandable, and you will feel that this is your second home, you are safe.

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