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Practical information

The BKC-IH Teacher Training Centre helps with a Russian visa, airport transfer and accommodation. These services are not included in the course fee and will cost you extra.

Russian Visa

For those trainees who need a visa to enter Russia we can arrange an invitation for a single-entry three-month Russian business visa. With the information we get from you and a copy of your passport we will apply for an official letter of invitation to the Passport and Visa Department of the Ministry of Interior Affairs. The letter of invitation is normally ready within 11 days after the application. When the invitation is ready a scanned copy of the original letter of invitation will be sent to you by e-mail. You should make sure that you apply in good time, since late applications attract a much higher consulate fee. The whole visa obtaining process could take up to a month. During this time our Visa Manager will contact you with the detailed instructions.

IMPORTAINT: Your passport should be valid for a minimum of six months after visa's expiration date and have at least 2 blank pages.

At the Russian consulate

To obtain the visa you should submit to the Consulate the following:

  • a letter of invitation (a copy is acceptable at some Consulates)

  • Passport

  • a photocopy of your passport

  • 1 photo

  • Consular fee

  • Filled in Consulate’s visa application form (given at the Consulate).

At the customs

Migration Card: As of April 15, 2003, all foreign citizens staying in Russia are required to hold a Migration Card. You will be given the Migration Card upon entry to Russia.

Complete both parts and present the card at the passport control. The border guard will put a stamp (the same as in the passport) on your Card and remove the top portion.

ATTENTION: Do not forget to take and stamp the Migration Card every time you cross the border. No one can be registered without the Migration Card.


Trainees are fully responsible for their passport and visa. The procedure of getting a new visa and passport when the originals are lost or stolen is complicated and expensive.

Airport Transfer

We can arrange for you to be met at the airport and taken by car to your accommodation by the BKC-IH school staff. If you wish BKC-IH to organise an airport transfer to your accommodation, please choose this option on the application form.


A driver with our representative collects you at the airport or railway station and takes you to your accommodation.

  • Meeting costs 1550 Russian roubles

  • Seeing off costs 1050 Russian roubles

International Airports of Moscow you may arrive in:

  • Domodedovo

  • Sheremetievo

  • Vnukovo

Accommodation price

Accommodation is usually shared with another trainee or a BKC teacher.

A private bedroom in a flat shared with one other person is 1 500 roubles per day. This also covers the cost of all bills except long-distance phone calls. Travel time from your flat to the school is between 45 and 60 minutes.

The flats you may live in

You may be wondering what the housing is like. Since the accommodation for the Teacher Training course trainee and the BKC-IH school teacher is the same one of the BKC teachers can describe it for you as well:

Most of the flats are fairly basic - usually Soviet style - but they have the basics like your own room - the flat is shared - a working bathroom and toilet, a kitchen with cooker, washing machine and fridge etc. They are all centrally heated and have a telephone.

Don't expect luxuries like a sitting room. Most Russian flats, except for the wealthy, have a dual function larger bed/sit room and a smaller second room. Some have a TV, but I bought my own, along with a VCR - and later bought a computer here, a basic set-up is comparable in cost with the US or UK.