15 May 2020 Deadline if you need visa support
1 June 2020 Deadline if you do not need visa support
5 June 2020 The final Fee payment deadline
29 June 2020 Arrival to Moscow and check-in the Dormitory
30 June - PGLF-Russia
4 July 2020
5 July 2020 Check out the Dormitory, Departure from Moscow.
Questions & Answers:
Topic 1. APPLICATION
Are there any rules I should follow?
Do I have to apply for a visa to attend the program?
Russian Federation visa requirements are different depending on your country of origin. We suggest you contact the Russian Embassy and Consulate in your country to learn which procedures and documents you must follow. If you do need a visa, we will send you the Official invitation letter after your Tuition fee will be received.
Citizens of the following countries enjoy visa-free regime hence do not require a visa to enter the Russian Federation. Please check if your country is on the list.
What is the deadline to submit my application form?
The sooner you apply, the higher the chances you have. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (first come, first served) until all available spots at the Programme are filled. This is expected to happen earlier than the main deadline.
Deadline for application: 15 May 2020
When I will receive PGLF decision regarding my application?
The PGLF-Russia team will contact you in 14 days if your application is successful. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we may not be able to reply to every individual application. In case you do not receive a reply from us within 14 days, please consider your application rejected. You will get the decision and in case your application is approved, you will receive an Acceptance letter. You CAN NOT use Acceptance letter as Visa Invitation! But you can apply for additional financial support from your University, workplace or other international organisation.
Do I need medical insurance?
Most of the Russian Consulates requests applicants for a Russian visa to have medical insurance as a mandatory document for visa application. Please check with the Russian Consulate in your country. We do recommend you to arrange yourself medical insurance valid in the Russian Federation for the whole duration of your stay.
TOPIC 2. ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
When should I arrive and depart?
The Official PGLF-Russia Programme starts in the afternoon of 29 June 2020 with Organization meeting and Dinner. So you are expected to check-in between 12 PM and 4 PM that day.
We do not provide transfer from the airport, so please make sure to check this TAXI TRANSFER information before arrival >>.
The official closing ceremony will be on 4th July 2020 from 7 PM to 11 PM. Delegates are expected to depart on 5th July (check-out as usual at 12PM).
TOPIC 3. BENEFITS and AWARDS
Will I receive a Certificate upon the compilation of the Programme?
Yes, all of the participants will receive a Certificate upon succesfull compilation of the Programme. Certificates will not be issued to participants who missed more than 2 sessions.
I saw an announcement about 100% scholarship for the best presentation, what is this about?
By the end of the Programme, the few best presenters will be awarded the special Certificates for scholarships (tuition waivers) to attend English-taught MSc programmes at the Russian Presidential Academy RANEPA.
First place - 100% tuition waiver.
Second place - 30% tuition waiver.
Third place - 20% tuition waiver.
TOPIC 4. COST AND SCHOLARSHIPS.
Are there any discounts for the Programme?
We provide discounts for students of MSSES and RANEPA Partner Universities, limited partial scholarships are available for top candidates.
Is it possible to get my fee refunded in case I was not able to attend the Programme?
All transaction costs have to be covered by the applicants and will be automatically deducated.
60% of your tuition fee will be refunded in case of cancellation before June 1, 2020.
80% of your tuition will be refunded in case of cancellation before June 29, 2020, only in the following cases:
- illness (you must provide a medical report in English or with translation into Russian / English)
- severe illness or death of a close relative (you must provide a medical report in English or with translation into Russian / English)
- Russian Consulate refusal to issue a Russian visa before the start of the Programme.
No other reasons for reimbursment will be accepted.
How can I make the payment?
The payment is made by PayPal or bank transfer. All the information about payment you will get in the e-mail we will send you as confirmation of your acceptance. You should cover all the extra expenses (such as a bank transfer fee) by yourself. Participants have to cover private trips before and after the Programme, air ticket (s), visa expenses, medical insurance, and personal costs.
When will I have to pay the tuition fee?
The tuition fee must be paid within 3 weeks of receiving your acceptance letter. Your place will be booked for you if we did receive the tuition fee before the deadline.
If your payment will not be received by this deadline, your place will be given to one of the applicants on the waiting list.
How can I apply for additional funding?
In order to be considered for a scholarship make sure to fill the Scholarship part of the Application form.
How much does the Programme cost?
The basic cost of the programme is $1500 including the application fee, necessary study materials, accommodation in twin rooms, meals twice a day. A number of scholarships (up to 50% fee reduction) are available for top candidates.
Fee does not include transportation, insurance, outside activities or personal expenses.
TOPIC 5. LOCATION & ACCOMMODATION
I have some additional requirments.
In case you will need any special assistance (wheelchair, sign language, allergies, diets and etc. make sure to fill Special Requirement part of the Application form to inform us in advance. We will do our best to accommodate these.
Where I will be staying?
Your PGLF - Russia fee includes accommodation at the Russian Presidential Academy Campus Dormitory where PGLF - Russia will take place. The rooms will be for 2 (two) people. You will be placed in the room with the another PGLF participant of the same gender. Only married couples may stay in the same twin room upon providing marriage certificate.
Where I will be having meals?
TOPIC 6. PROGRAMME
Should I prepare for the Programme?
There are no specific preprequisites for the Programme. You shoudl come with the open mind, ready to learn amamd enjoy your stay in Moscow. Since we plan to orginize a country presentations evening, we would ask of participants to prepare something to present about their countries - be it a typical song or dance, traditional food or drink, national souvenirs or anything else you would like to share with the rest of the participants.
When will I get my timetable?
Typically there will be 3 sessions per day (each for 1,5 hours) with Lunch and Breaks in between. There also will be cultural activities each day organized by MSSES and RANEPA students for you to enjoy your time in Moscow to the fullest. You will be given your timetable at least 2 weeks before the Programme starts and a printed version on the first day of the Programme.
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