Visa Information

Visa for Russia (for students studying in St. Petersburg, Moscow or Irkutsk)

Virtually all travellers to Russia need an entry visa, which is a document stuck into the applicant's passport. The earliest arrival and the latest departure dates are indicated on the visa and must be observed. Students have to apply for the visa at a dedicated visa center or visa department of a Russian Consulate or Embassy. Liden & Denz provides all students with an official invitation enabling student to apply for the correct visa type.

Maximum duration of study visa for language course is 90 days, regardless of nationality. Please see table below for more information on visa options.

Only higher education institutions' full-time programmes allow longer stays, and participants of such courses are entitled to extendable visas (up to 1 year). Therefore, in Saint Petersburg we have worked out a special joint programme with the Humanitarian Academy, under which students are enrolled in both Liden & Denz and the Academy. The programme itself consists in combining any of our full-time Russian language course with the Academy’s module ( on the Russian history and culture. Please note that due to the time-taking visa formalities, the booking deadline is 11 weeks. 

Your citizenship up to 30 days up to 90 days
Schengen area Tourist Visa  
Study visa under simplified regime
Japan, UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Turkey and other non-Schengen countries Tourist Visa Study visa via Russian Federal Immigration
Serbia, Montenegro, Thailand Visa-free for up to 30 days but not more than 90 days within half a year Study visa via Russian Federal Immigration
Latin America (except for Mexico), Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa-free for up to 90 days within half a year
South Korea Visa-free for up to 60 days, but not more than 90 days within half a year Study visa via Russian Federal Immigration

Citizens of Schengen countries traveling for up to 30 days can choose to come with a tourist visa or a student visa under simplified regime. If you opt for a tourist visa, we suggest you use services of our trusted partner Viselio (available for Swiss, Germans and Austrians currently), providing end-to-end visa support. Please contact our booking department for further details.

Every foreigner who travels to Russia must register his/her Russian visa within 7 working days upon arrival. If you are traveling to Russia for more than 7 working days, you will need to register your visa.

  • If accommodation is arranged by Liden & Denz (except for hotels), we provide registration service free of charge
  • Otherwise, students should register independently with the owner of their accommodation
  • In other cases, if needed, we can offer a registration service for EUR 40.

The registration of a Russian visa normally takes two working days. Liden & Denz requires that all students hand in their passports and immigration cards to our front-desk on their first day.

The immigration card is a document filled in at the passport control zone upon arrival. Keep it with you and hand it over to the official stamping your passport when leaving the country.

Visa for Latvia

Latvia is a Schengen country: most students will travel visa-free. Students requiring a Schengen visa (valid for stays up to 90 days within half a year) or a residence permit (for longer stays), will receive respective support from Liden & Denz. Students are advised to check visa policies and costs in the nearest Latvian consulate.

Your citizenship up to 90 days longer than 90 days
Schengen area Visa-free
UK, USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Montenegro, New Zealand, Serbia. Visa-free for up to 90 days within half a year Residence permit
Other Countries Tourist visa Residence permit