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    are agents genuine

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    hav anybody heard of RACUS,i will like to know if it is safe to get admission into russia universities through agents.

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    In general, NO.

    While there may be exceptions, I would not recommend going through an agent. Save yourself a bit of money, take a trip to make sure that you like the city and the school (visit more than one), and apply yourself. If the school doesn't allow this, then don't go there.

    Just my .02. NONE of the people I have talked with at my school who went through agencies are satisfied with their experience.

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    but i'm in Africa.

    distance is the challenge.thats why an agent seem to b my best choice but i need advice so i dont make a mistake

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    I understand that you are far away. I was far away when I applied, too. However, if you are going to pay an agent MORE MONEY than it would cost for you to fly there (and most agents will charge more than that amount), then it is simple arithmetic... it costs you less to go there, do it yourself, and make 100% sure that you end up in the right place.

    Do you see what I am saying? It is actually cheaper in most cases.

    There is no guarantee with any agency.

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    which among dis universities the best, competitive and student friendly?*i.p pavlov medical universities *tambor state university *yaroslav the wise novgorod state univ. *nizhny novgorod state medical academy *niyhy novgorod state univ. *dagestan state medical univ. They ar all in russia

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    RACUS is the largest and probably the most reliable national agency. Pay the attention that they dont overcharge the fees. The application fee they charge goes to cover services to you: university admission fee, costs of invitation process and associated taxes, postage to send the documents for visa support by DHL express mail, meeting the student at the airport and driving him to the university campus, assistance in orientaion and registration, etc.
    It is after the student to decide which way to apply: through the agency or directly to the university. The risk to apply by agency is mainly overcharging and cheating. The positive points are: they fast in treating your qweries, they have (usually) an office in your country, they represent a number of universities and may offer you a professional's comparison of all the options (which is never available from any school).
    The medical schools you indicated are different in location, the programs offered, languages of instructions (some do not offer English medium, whereas some ae giving instructions even in French), etc. You shall probably indicate your interests in more details, then some analysis will be possible
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    Hi Mikhail,
    It is very interesting to hear form you about RACUS.

    We are currently reviewing their performance at RACUS (St.Petersburg) Review and your further input would be very much appreciated.
    I hope you do not mind us asking some questions about them and publish your feedback on our site and make it public for visitors of this forum:
    - What makes you think that RACUS is probably most reliable agent? Is there any we could hear from students who went through this agent?
    - Are you related to them in any way? We can see that you are School Official. Do they represent your school and what school you represent?
    - RACUS is the private company and in our opinion they would not do anything for free otherwise they would call themselves charity where still resources are need to stay afloat. Is student fee affected if the student apply through RACUS?
    - We noticed RACUS represents some medical schools in Russia. Can the student apply directly to those schools with no help from RACUS?

    Many Thanks
    Last edited by Sergei; 11-14-2011 at 11:43 PM.

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    avoid any agent. From my many years spent in eastern europe , only bad experiences xompared to those who took 20 minutes to contact directly by email the faculty , and asked letter of acceptance themselves. cheaper , safer
    actually could someone put here the postal and mail of authority to get the letter of acceptance to studies in russia? could be usefull for applicants. More than any agent thing , whose only service will be to call for you a 3$ cab at airport

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    Admission in Russia, Entry Requirements, Procedure, Fees
    Apply to:
    Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation
    Shabolovka 33
    Moscow 113819
    Russian Federation
    Tel: +7(095) 9545-127
    Fax: +7(095) 2375-400


    Shabolovka 33
    Moscow 113819
    Russian Federation
    Tel: +7(095) 9545-469
    Fax: +7(095) 9545-353
    E-mail: Zverev@ed.gov.ru
    STUDENT VISA PROCESS
    Process to obtain Russian Student Visa for international students
    Russia requires visas for nearly all visitors. Anyone seriously considering a long stay in Russia should read the Russian visa information so as to understand the different types of visas, who is eligible for them, and what restrictions may exist. Student visa is issued only for students, who come to Russia for study programs or enrolling on a course to a Russian university/school. This is the best kind of visa in terms of flexibility, but you can only get it if you applied to a Russian university, school or an institution and will study there.

    Studying in a university
    If you are thinking about doing an exchange with one of the Russian universities (also known as "visiting scholars" or "stazhirovka" in Russian), you will need to submit your data to the university and the "foreign department" of the university will take care of all the formalities. They will submit all your data to the immigration officials and have your student invitation ready in about 2 to 6 weeks (may take longer at MGU - Moscow State University). After that, the "foreign department" of the university where you will be studying will either send you the invitation by post, by fax, or send the invitation by telex directly to the consulate where you will apply for your visa and you'll just need to know the telex number when you apply. Usually, the student visa doesn't have a limited validity, it is extended all the time, depending on how long you study.

    Studying in a language school
    If your language school is attached to some Russian educational body you will get a student visa and the process will be about the same as the one described for universities above. However, if it is a private school, they will most likely make a normal tourist (up to 1 month), or so-called "business" (which is a name for a long-term visas) invitation, which you will need to submit to a Russian consulate to get a Russian visa. When you apply to the consulate for a student visa, you'll need to pay a normal fee, which will be about the same as for a tourist visa ($50-$150, depending on processing time).

    Russian Visa Registration
    Once you arrive to Russia, you will need to register your visa within the first 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after your arrival. It is very important to get the registration done right. It is always the obligation of your inviting party (university, language school, business organization) to arrange your visa registration, because if they don't do it, you will have to pay fines and may be deported from Russia, and they may lose their education license. So, check beforehand that the place where you're going to study can provide your visa registration without a problem. It is very easy for universities to get your visa registered: you will just need to bring them your passport with Russian visa and migration cards (that you get at the border) and the university's "foreign department" will submit your documents to OVIR (immigration officials) to register your visa. It will take about 1 week and you will have a registration stamp on your visa. Normally, the registration can be done for the period of your visa, however, if it is not, it will be relatively easy to prolong it if you're still studying in the university. Just don't forget to submit your documents again when the time comes.
    I think one have everything to receiv letter of acceptance

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