On Travel and Arrival
Can I get my visa to Russia or Latvia upon arrival?
If you require a visa to study at one of our centres, you need to get it at your nearest consulate. The authorities will not allow you to enter either Russia or Latvia with no or non-valid travel documents.
Is there anything special I should bring?
Slippers: Both in Russia and Latvia people always take their shoes off at home and wear slippers instead. Small gifts for your host: some souvenirs from your home country, like chocolate etc., are always appreciated. Electrical adapters: Russian sockets take two thin pins (European jacks).
Will I be picked up at the airport, railway or bus station?
We offer transportation from the airport or railway/bus station for free if you have booked accommodation through us.
How much money should I bring with me?
For lunch in the cafeteria (St. Petersburg only) you will need the equivalent of about € 5. School-organised excursions cost between €10 and €40 (full-day trips). Your personal expenses will range from € 50 (going out once a week, no shopping, no souvenirs) to € 300 per week. Please do not bring a lot of cash with you. There are plenty of ATMs around.
Can I get around by bike?
In Riga a clear yes, in St.Petersburg and Moscow you should be more careful. There are no bicycle lanes and Russian car drivers are not very polite, to put it nicely.