We are sure you’ll be happy to hear the answer to this question. All foreign GITIS students can live in the dormitory. It is not free, but not very expensive — it costs around 250 dollars per month.
The dormitory is located in the center of Moscow (45B Trifonovskaya str., Rizhskaya metro station), and the distance to the academic building depends on the chosen faculty. In any case it takes no longer than 1 hour to get from there to any faculty building, and some students of Acting and Directing departments use bikes or skateboards to get to their classes.
One-bedroom apartment near the main university building will cost around
No. The rules are identical for everyone: for instance, you can prepare for your classes, including rehearsing, but you are not allowed to smoke, drink alcohol or have visitors after 11 pm.
You can receive any information about the dormitory accommodation at the dean’s office. You can also call dormitory administrator
To apply for the full course of study applicants need to come to Moscow and submit documents (passport, CV and education certificate) in person in June.
Students who choose summer or short-term courses should send required files — copies of a passport and education certificate — to the international department’s email — firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s better to change money at the large banks, e.g. Sberbank, VTB, Alfa-bank, Otkrytiye bank. There you’ll get a receipt for every exchange operation.
Usually in Russia you will find a better exchange rate for rubles than in your country. It is also better not to change a lot of money at еру airport, as the rates there are not good.
For the currency exchange at the bank you’ll need a passport and a document confirming the right to stay in the country (i.e. visa).
We don’t want to disappoint you, but you can pay in different currency only in duty-free shops in the airports. In all other places cash payments are made in rubles. But you can pay with dollar or euro payment cards — you will be charged according to the exchange rate.
All large banks mentioned above work with a range of currencies, including Swedish and Danish krone, pound sterling, yen, yuan, Swiss franc, etc.
We are sure you will be glad to hear that at almost every large shop, café or club you can pay with a card or use a mobile payment system — Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Android Pay. There will be corresponding stickers at the cash desks and often on the doors of the property.
To understand the specifics of the Russian cuisine you need to taste something you won’t be able to eat elsewhere. First of all, these are soups — shchi (cabbage soup), borsch and okroshka (cold soup made from quass or kefir). You should also try salads, such as vinaigrette and sourcrout. And, of course, Russian holodets (meat jelly) and buckwheat porridge.
In large supermarkets alongside with different products and ready-to-cook food you can also find ready-to-eat dishes — packed salads, pastry and sandwiches.
Yes, in Moscow you can find major worldwide fast food chains, such as McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks or Costa Coffee — familiar brands are broadly represented here. In the capital there are also similar places offering traditional Russian food, e.g. Kroshka-kartoshka (potato dishes with various fillings), Teremok (pancakes and borsch) or Mu-Mu (shashlik and dumplings).
Yes. There are plenty of cafes offering national dishes. Asian cuisine is very popular, such as Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese, as well as Caucasian and Central Asian. English pubs, bars, steak houses and pizzerias are also happy to greet their customers — European cuisine can be found almost everywhere.
Vegetarian food is sold in large supermarkets, such as Auchan and Perekrestok, as well as at the markets where it comes directly from the farmers. The largest are Dorogomilovsky and Cheremushkinsky markets, as well as Rogozhsky rows. Of course, you don’t have to search and cook vegetarian food by yourself — you can always visit specialized restaurants and cafes. There are lots of them in the capital, and some of them are situated in the creative clusters and have reasonable prices — for instance, Fruits & Veges at Artplay, Prasad at Bauman’s garden and Taste and Colour (“Вкус & цвет”) at Flacon.
Of course we wish you to be healthy and wealthy. However, everything can happen. When applying for a student visa you need to buy a mandatory health insurance certificate valid for the whole period of stay in the country. At the same time you can go to the private clinics. The price of medical consultation starts from 20 dollars, and doctor home visits — from 35 dollars. First and emergency aid in Russia is free.
To use a full range of medical services you can also buy voluntary health insurance certificate (ДМС). Its price depends on the chosen range and level of services, approximately 600 dollars per year.
If you miss classes for a serious reason (illness) you need to provide a sickness certificate to the dean’s office. Usually ambulant treatment lasts no longer that a week, however it can be prolonged if necessary.
No. Medicines are divided into two groups — prescription drugs and over the counter medicines. For instance, you don’t need a prescription to buy vitamins of flu medicines, but some painkillers and cough medicines are prescription drugs. As a rule over the counter medicines are displayed directly at the pharmacy’s shelves and prescription drugs are given by a pharmacist who can also offer you advice if needed.
No, there is only one state language in Russia — Russian, and all entrance exams are taken only in Russian. However in artistic universities the main attention is paid to the theatrical talents of foreign applicants and not to their perfect pronunciation.
You should be glad to hear that as long as GITIS is located in Moscow, and Moscow is the capital of Russia, all Bachelor, Specialist, Master and Postgraduate programs are taught in Russian. However we’re willing to offer you short-term courses in English and Chinese. GITIS also offers Russian language courses for the applicants.
Yes. For instance, We know Russian (MIR-TV), Living word and Russian lessons. Reading (Kultura), and Echo of Moscow radio offers Speaking Russian program on Sundays.
Those who want to see the masterpieces of Russian (and international) art you should definitely visit Tretyakov Gallery, which has two locations nowadays. Historical one is situated near Tretyakovskaya metro station. New Tretyakovka is situated at Krymsky val, between Oktyabrskaya and Park Kultury metro stations. Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 and stores masterpieces of Russian art from 12th to 21st century.
One of the famous Russian cultural centers is Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. There you’ll find 700,000 pieces of art, since Ancient Egypt till the beginning of the 21stcentury — ancient mosaics, icons, paintings of the medieval European artists, sculptures, archeological pieces, and one of the world’s richest collection of impressionists and post-impressionists..
Being the student of the country’s major theatre university, you should definitely visit Bolshoy Theatre, situated at Teatralnaya Square in Moscow. Near it there is Maly Theatre, also called Ostrovsky House after great Russian playwright whose plays are staged here with respect to the original works.The best place for cultural activities is Gorky Park or the opposite Museon sculptures park . After you visit these places you can consult your Moscow friends about your further routes.
If you go to the north-east from Moscow, you’ll find the Star City. Previously it was a restricted area where Soviet and then Russian astronauts were trained. They are still trained there, however the area is no longer restricted. There you’ll find a real-size model of the submerged Mir station, giant centrifuge for flight modeling and hydro lab where water substitutes zero-gravity for the astronauts.
You can visit Kuskovo manor to enjoy the beautiful architecture of the 18th century. At this place called Moscow Versailles grand balls for the upper class where held, accommodating around 30,000 guests. There are palace, greenhouse, church, bell tower and beautiful garden with alcoves there.
Near Moscow there is also an estate museum of the great Russian writer and playwright Anton Chekhov called Melikhovo. You’d better reserve the whole day for such journey.
Of course, every faculty has its own events. Students of the Directing faculty, for instance, every year make actors’ parties for the newcomers to welcome them. At the end of every year farewell ceremonies for the graduates are held. Exhibitions of the costume designers are regularly organized at GITIS. Students stage graduation performances at the classrooms as well as two institute’s stages. So you’ll definitely have an interesting life!
You’ll be happy to hear that foreign citizens take only special subjects, depending on the chosen specialty. It means the creative competition. You can be not fluent in Russian, but talent is a must.
You’ll be glad to hear that according to the Russian Federation’s constitution there are no age limitations in higher educational establishments.
The higher education course duration in Russia depends on the chosen specialty and can differ even within the same university. For instance, Dramatic theatre and cinema actors study for 4 years, and Theatre stage designers — for 5 years.
You will surely be glad to hear this news. You can say that at GITIS students study at their leisure. The timetable is created in order to be comfortable for the students. Some study in the morning, while others in the evening. As long as in theatrical universities students don’t ususally hurry home, the doors of the university are open from 9 am till 11 pm. At Acting department classes end at 10 pm, at Directing — at 23 pm.
You will surely be happy to hear the answer to this question.Yes, they can. In order to do that you need to apply to the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in your country and get the educational quota.
GITIS as well as the majority of Russian universities has exam sessions twice a year — in summer (May-June) and in winter (December-January). Therefore the semester lasts for 5 months. The rest two months are holidays.
Yes. GITIS diploma nowadays is eligible in the whole world and corresponds to the Bachelor, Specialist or Master degree (depending on the specialty).
You will be happy to hear the answer to this question. As a rule you pay for your studying by transferring money to the university’s bank account. You’ll be given all necessary account details after you pass entrance exams and sign a contract. You can also pay in cash in any Moscow bank.
When you come to Moscow you understand that the fastest and the most reliable transport in here is metro. There are no traffic jams, trains arrive every
Yes. Many stations are heritage assets and are protected by the state. The visitors are shown the most beautiful metro stations, told about their history and interesting facts. The guides will tell you the legends and myths of the Moscow underground and show you some objects closed for the general public. Tours are available in English and Chinese. You can visit Moscow metro official website for more details.
You can buy a ticker directly from the driver at the buses, trolleybuses and trams — it will cost a little less than 1 dollar. There are also special kiosks at the stops where tickets are a bit cheaper. Metro tickets are sold at the counters at the stations and cost approximately 1 dollar.
If you plan to use different means of transport including metro you should buy a monthly travel card that costs 36 dollars and will allow you to travel without any limitations. Such cards are available at kiosks at the bus stops and at the metro ticket counters.
Yes, there is a train from Moscow to Vladivostok No. 001/002 called Russia. . One way trip takes 6 days and covers 9,260 km.
Russia is the largest country in the world lying in the several climate zones from subtropical to arctic. The warmest cities, Sochi and Krasnodar, are situated in the south. Average summer temperature here is around +24 °С (75 °F), with a maximum of +44 °С (111 °F).
The winter is rather cold in Moscow, while the summer is rather warm. Average summer temperature here is around +22...+25 °С (72...77 °F), while in winter it’s —5...—10 °С (14...23 °F). The climate in Moscow is continental. The summer is not very hot, and the warm weather lasts from the end of May till the middle of September. The usual temperature is above +22 °С (72 °F), and during one week the temperature is higher than +30 °С (86 °F).
It depends on the city. Moscow annually has around 60 sunny days (most of them are in August). And there are around 40 rainy days during the year. At all other times it’s usually partly cloudy.
Central heating in Moscow flats (including GITIS dormitory) is not linked to certain dates but to the weather. When the temperature is lower than +8 °С (46 °F) for 5 days the central heating is turned on. Accordingly, when the temperature is higher than +8 °С (46 °F) for 5 days in spring, it’s turned off.
You will be glad to hear the answer to this question. For the entrance exams you can come with the tourist visa.
The process of getting a tourist visa may differ from country to country, but for sure you will need a booking confirmation.It means that you have to book the place where you will live and then apply for a tourist visa.
If you are lucky to be accepted to GITIS, we will issue an invitation letter, and when you come to Russiayou’ll be issued a multi-entry visa for one year.
It takes no longer than 7 days to get an educational visa for the foreigners.
Visa issued for one year is prolonged every year as long as the person studies at GITIS.
You have two options: Aeroexpress train and taxi. Aeroexpress costs around 6 euros and it is a good option because it has predictable arrival times and isn’t affected by traffic jams. You can also use Uber or Yandex taxi — it will cost you around 15 euros. These applications have a fixed price and all Russian airports have free Wi-Fi. But bear in mind that Moscow has a big problem with traffic jams.
You’d better not rely on that. Download apps like Yandex metro, Google translate and taxi apps, as well as Google maps and Yandex maps — they’ll be very helpful.
It’s better to buy water in bottles.
There are several mobile carriers in Russia. The most popular are Beeline, MTS and Megafon. When you come to Moscow you can automatically connect to one of them — you should just choose the one you need in your phone’s menu and the roaming will be activated. If you stay in Russia for a long period of time, you’d better buy a local sim-card.
There are free Wi-Fi networks both at the university buildings and in the dormitory. Every student receives personal login and password after the admission.
No, all foreign students sign educational contracts that don’t include scholarship allowance.
The students can work if it doesn’t interfere with their studying. If you attend all classes and perform all tasks and still have spare time you can work at a fast food restaurant, as a promoter, sales consultant or foreign language tutor (your native language). You can also take part in the crowd shots in TV series or even get a bit role.
If you are accepted, you’ll find out that it’s true. Every student can eat one bowl of Russian porridge every day for free — but you need to pay for everything else.