Students live in the residence hall the first three
days after arrival to get accustomed to the program,
then they have two housing options:
Housed in the comfortable residence hall for foreign
students at most of the Universities, students live in
2-room suites (two students per room, four students
per suite) with kitchenette (stove and refrigerator),
toilet and bathtub/shower in each suite. The residence
hall has LAN connections in all rooms so students are
advised to bring a laptop computer with them. The
initial set-up fee is $10, with a $5 per month user
fee and 4cts per gigabyte of traffic ($7-$10 per month
depending on the numbers of hours of use). Students
will also be able to use their laptops for writing
papers and entertainment (Music, DVD and digital
photography). Students must keep their laptops locked
up when not in use.
Students who choose to live in a Russian home receive
breakfast with the host. Living with a Russian family
gives students a tremendous opportunity to improve
their Russian language skills and to experience a
significant amount of Russian culture and cuisine.
Students must request to live in a homestay at the
time of application. Most homestays are mostly located
20-25 minutes by public transportation or 30 minutes
walk from the Universities.
Students receive a monetary allowance to purchase
meals in cafés or the University cafeteria, or they
can cook their own meals in their dorm kitchenette.
Homestay students can use the funds to pay the family
directly for lunch or dinner. This arrangement is
easier for students, as they do not have to budget
cash for meals each week.