APPLICATION for 2022-2023 


Application requirements

The application form must be filled out in English. It includes an essay in which the candidates can write about themselves and their experience and evaluate their leadership qualities, as well as share their vision on how they are going to use knowledge and skills that they will gain through the MSA programme.

Please scan and submit the following documents:

  • Your bachelor's certificate with the transcripts
  • Your valid passport (should be valid for a minimum period of 18 months from the visa issue date and should contain at least 2 blank pages)
  • A valid English language certificate that meets the minimum level requirement of C1
  • Where appropriate: other documents (for example letters of recommendation, appreciation letters)

Make sure to request certificates and transcripts early. Note if your documents are not in English or Russian you must submit and official (notarized) translation.

RIOU only requires you to submit scans of your original documents for the application process. Legalized hard copies are required when you arrive in Sochi to complete the enrollment process and start the course.

Your certificate should be legalized if you have an international qualification (completed your Bachelor Degree outside Russia). Students will be reminded in June about submitting their legalized documents and provided with a detailed legalization instruction.

Legalization is not required for the application process where it is sufficient to submit scans of officially translated education certificates if not in English or Russian.

Application deadline

For international candidates who need visa to entre Russia – 15th August 2022

For other candidates who do not need visa – 5th September 2022

A letter of admission

All applications are considered by the Admissions Board, headed by the RIOU Rector, which decides whether or not an applicant is recommended for enrolment in the MSA programme. The Board will notify the applicant of its decision via email within two months of the date of the application. Upon receiving a letter of admission, the applicant will be sent an invoice for tuition. An invoice for accommodation at the University's apartment hotel will be sent on request.

The admission letter contains important information about enrolling at the University. You are not officially a student at the University until you have completed the enrollment process in person.

Visa support

The University will provide students with visa support. To apply for the Russian visa international students will need to receive and official invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia (RFMS). The University is required to apply for this official invitation to RFMS in order to get it issued and then mailed to a student. The whole process takes up to 4-5 weeks before you get hold of your official invitation. Please note that the University will apply for official invitation only after tuition fee is paid by the student.

We wish you all the best of luck with your application and look forward to seeing you at the Russian International Olympic University.