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Feedback from our students

Location & Accommodation

Guide for

IPACS International activities

Education at IPACS RANEPA it’s more than just studying. It is also a taste of the Russian culture, Russian friends, and a fantastic experience!

We have students from more than 24 countries around the world


Elena Ponomarenko


Director of the Russian-French Center for Education and Consulting



Karolina Sikirinskaya


Head of the International Cooperation Department, Deputy Director of the Russian-Italian Center


Application deadlines

Exchange students

All prospective incoming students should start the process of enrolment by contacting their Home university. The deadlines for the nominations for the exchange are:

  • May 1, for Autumn semester or the whole academic year
  • November 1, for Spring semester.

After the students are officially nominated by their Home universities, we can start preparing the documents for the visa invitation.

You can submit an application automatically by clicking the button below and our coordinator will contact you.

Important documents

Required documents for application procedure for the exchange bachelor’s/master’s students (either in Russian or English):

  • Passport copy (all pages with information, well readable scan). The passport should be valid not less than 6 months after the end of the period of stay in Russia
  • Application form with a color photo on it
  • Learning agreement
  • Transcript of records (results of the previous study period at the home university)
  • Nomination letter from the home university
  • Medical insurance (it is possible to buy it in the Medical Centre of RANEPA online by the link)

The invitations for the students’ visa are processed be the FMS (Federal Migration Service), not by RANEPA, will be prepared in the period from 30 to 45 days.

We can apply for the visas not earlier than 90 days’ prior the arrival.

The first visa given to the students is for single entry, with the validity period of 90 days. After we process the admission, we apply for the extension of these visas for the whole period of stay – the new long visas are for multiple entries and the students are free to travel abroad.

Please, pay attention that you won’t be able to exit the Russian Federation until the long visa procedure is done inside the country. The term of the first visa is three months, after the expiration of this period, the academy coordinator collects documents and helps you get a multi-visa for the entire period of your study.

First days after arriving to Moscow

Upon arrival to Moscow the students must bring the following documents for the registration (an obligatory migration document, to be made within 3 days on arrival) to the International Office:

  • Passport copy
  • Copy of the visa
  • Copy of the migration card (given at the airport of arrival at the customs)
  • Also, coordinator will make an official translation of your passport for VISA prolonging in external official agency
  • And near Academy you need to make 12 photos (matte) for VISA, internal documents and student cards.

The registration should be renewed each time a student goes abroad and gets back to Russia!

When the term of the application for the registration expires and a student gets no registration, it’s the violation of law and causes the forcing to leave the country.

The academic year

The academic year is divided into two semesters, Fall and Spring. The academic calendar slightly varies from year to year. Generally, the Fall semester begins on September 1, with the test period at the end of December and the exams in January, while the Spring semester starts in early February with the lectures completed by the end of May, and the tests and exams till approximately the beginning of July.

The dates are approximate! – They depend on the curricula of the courses a student takes, since the exchange students are free to take every discipline in every course.


September, 01 – December, 20

December, 19 – December, 30*

January, 09 – January, 30

January, 30 – February, 5


February, 6 – May, 30

May, 30 – June, 15

June, 15 – July, 5

June, 30 – August, 31

* It should be mentioned that the students who want to leave for Christmas, have a possibility of passing the tests or exams in advance (by the agreement with the Dean).

IPACS InterClub

IPACS InterClub is an international student club with a multinational creative team. Our club is an international platform where you can implement the most ambitious and interesting projects.

Here foreign and Russian students together take part in the Institute international activities and develop their competencies in the field of international cooperation, as well as maintain constant contact with all club members around the world.

Within the framework of IPACS InterClub we build international student cooperation and establish the necessary communications for successful and productive activities in the international arena.
IPACS InterClub includes four division:

  • Organizational and project division is responsible for the preparation and organization of various high level official events.
  • Science and education division in charge of promoting the educational line and improving indicators in the science and education field.
  • Socio-cultural division is responsible for organizing creative events and social activity for Russian and foreign students.
  • Media and journalism division is in charge of distributing information content. The division team will introduce you to the club multimedia space and tell you about the latest international life news.


Location & Accommodation

We offer places in the campus dorms to all exchange students. A double room costs around 12.400 RUR per month (for one person) – depending on the number of days in the month, it’s around 150 Euros according to the current bank rate.

Apartments are quite expensive in Moscow (around 40.000 RUR per month), but, surely, the students are free to choose. We kindly ask to inform us about the necessity of the place in the dorms during the application period, as the places are limited.

What we have in the room and around:

  • Bathroom and fridge in the room
  • Kitchen on the floor
  • Laundry on the floor
  • WI-FI

The campus is located in the South-West of Moscow, it’s quite a prestigious area, with parks, shopping malls, restaurants, and it’s very close to the subway station Yugo-Zapadnaya, so it takes around 20–15 min to reach the very center of Moscow – the Red Square.

There’s a number of supermarkets (Auchan, Viktoria, Perekrestok, etc.) and malls (Avenue, Zvezdochka) which are situated near to the campus, where you can find everything one can need – food, clothes, books, houseware, etc.

RANEPA accepts more and more international students every year. We’re happy to see that the students consider it attractive to study here and we do our best for them to get only the best impression.

Feedback from our students

Petit Audrey

Sciences Po, France

Jacov Alice

University Paris Nanterre, France

Caito Andrea

University of Turin, Italy

Josan Sole Gallego

University of EDEM (Valencia, Spain)

Matitos Sanchez Marta

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Paulhac Marion

University Paris Nanterre, France

Soquet-Boissy Alexandra

Sciences Po, France

Verden Caroline Gisèle Marie-France

Institut Catholique de Vendée, France

Mora Ayuso Aida

University of Valencia, Spain

Tarby Charlotte

University Paris Nanterre, France

Raventos Aido Eric

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Sahri Zeyneb

Creteil University, France

Orientation meeting

Orientation meetings for international students at IPACS RANEPA are held at the beginning of each semester.

We ask the international students to attend the meetings as we give the information needed to understand the education process and other aspects of life and study.

RANEPA library

We have a large number of libraries and bookstores.

The library contains over 1,000,000 items in Russian and foreign languages. The library keeps books in key fields of knowledge as well as the dissertations presented at RANEPA. The Rare Books Collection currently has more than 1,100 items. The Collection comprises a set of books published between 1831 and 1917 and that show ownership details such, as ex libris, presentations, and owners’ inscriptions. Books from the Collection are available only at the Reading Hall.

RANEPA bookstores are offer a broad selection of audiobooks, multimedia and e-textbooks, regulatory literature, stationery, office supplies, and souvenirs. They offer a cozy atmosphere with knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Sport facilities

RANEPA offers various sports facilities and sport clubs including ice hockey, football, volleyball, karate, basketball, chess tournaments, and other competitions.

Swimming pool: 24 m, three lanes Building 2

Games gyms

Building 1, 2

Practice gyms Building 2, 3, 6

Fitness gyms

Building 2, 3, 6

Climbing wall Building 2

Outdoor sports grounds

Between Building 4 and 5; in front of Building 6

Sauna Building 2


Building 2

Medical station Building 2



RANEPA hosts many events throughout the year, from the matriculation ceremony, the traditional Kapustnik, to the New Year Ball.

The Kaleidoscope of Cultures festival offers a glimpse of the traditions of different peoples, and the All-Russia Spartakiad Games attract the best athletes.

The annual choice of Mr. and Miss RANEPA, as well as the IPACS student festival and much more!

Foreign partners


  • Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, community of Universities and Institutions of the Cote d’Azur
  • Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris – Sciences Po
  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
  • Paris East Créteil Val de Marne University
  • Université de Provence — Aix-Marseille
  • Institut catholique d’études supérieures
  • KEDGE Business School
  • CELSA Sorbonne Université


  • International Management School Geneva
  • Swiss Academy for International Law

MPA accredited programs

  • European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)


  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
  • Pompeu Fabra University
  • Universidad de Valencia
  • Universidad de Almeria
  • Universidad de Cádiz
  • Universidad de Salamanca
  • Universidad de Oviedo
  • The 4 Universities Alliance (A-4U)
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • EDEM Escuela de Empresarios


  • Munich Business School


  • KEDGE international educative support limited – KIES (Hong Kong)


  • Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Sapienza – Università di Roma
  • Università di Pisa
  • LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali «Guido Carli»


  • Varna Free University «Chernorizets Hrabar»


  • University of Groningen
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • HU – University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • Leiden University
  • Erasmus University of Rotterdam
  • Nuffic Neso Russia – Dutch Education Center