2019 | Tomsk, Russia

TPU International week 2019 is the first international seminar for representatives of international offices and representatives of Asian, European and Russian universities. The aim of this event is event is to deepen insights, to expand fruitful networking and to make new acquaintances for everyone involved. “Discover Russia” is the theme of the International Week.

Another aim of the Week is to meet with representatives of international offices of universities of Asia, Europe and Tomsk to introduce the system of Russian higher education and universities of Tomsk for improving effectiveness of international cooperation.

Tomsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia called “a city of students”, since every 8th citizen of Tomsk studies at university. TPU International Week 2019 is a unique opportunity to bridge international offices of Europe and Asia for successful cooperation within universities and countries.


  • 12:00 – 16:00|Pre-conference event (optional)

  • 09:00 - 10:00|Welcome and Registration
  • 10:00 - 11:00|Key note speaker 1: Introduction to higher education in Russia
  • 11:00 - 13:00|Workshop 1: Tomsk: a city of universities and students
  • 13:00 - 14:00|Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00|Workshop 2: Cooperation with Russia
  • 15:30 - 17:00|Networking events (optional)
  • 18:00|Welcome dinner at Tomsk brewery

  • 09:00 - 09:30|Welcome coffee
  • 09:30 - 10:30|Key note speaker 2: Cooperation opportunities with Asia and Europe
  • 10:30 - 13:00|Round table: Integration of students with different backgrounds – challenges, methods, perspectives
  • 13:00 - 14:00|Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00|Lectures for Russian students by participants
  • 16:30 - 17:30|International mini-fair for Russian students
  • 18:00 - 19:30|Networking events (optional)

  • 10:00 - 14:00|Excursion: Universities of Tomsk
  • 13:00 - 14:00|Lunch
  • 14:00 - 18:00|Networking events (optional)
  • 20:00 - 22:00|Final dinner


15 €
Tomsk brewery
20 €
Bus tour of historical Tomsk
13 €
NKVD Museum
19 €
Botanical garden of TSU
15 €
Tomsk leading enterprises
16 €
Slavonic Mythology Museum excursion and master class



All foreign participants* are required to obtain a visa to enter Russia. Information on applying for visa to Russia in your country may be found on the VFS Global website. Please select “Russia” in “Visiting Country” line and your country in “Applying from” line from the left side of the website.

Tomsk Polytechnic University will provide a visa support document (official visa invitation) for all International Week 2019 participants and accompanying persons / fellow passengers who need one.

Please be aware that in accordance with Russian migration rules, Seminar’s participants need to hold the HUMANITARIAN VISA.

It is strongly prohibited for Touristic visa holders to visit and participate in Seminar sessions. According to Russian Migration law the passport should be valid 6 months further after the visa expiry date. For humanitarian visa, passport should not expire earlier than 18 months since the visa entry date.

Please note that all official invitations to Russia are processed by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Migration Service. Therefore, it takes some time for the Organizing Committee to generate the invitation letter (from 5-7 up to 40 working days).

We strongly recommend that participants start the visa process well in advance (at least 2 months).

EU citizensNovember 15, 2019
Non-EU citizensOctober 25, 2019

Please note that invitation letters will only be issued upon confirmation of registration.
If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding visa support, please contact Inessa Nekrasova by e-mail We are always ready to help you.

* except citizens of Serbia and CIS countries (former USSR without Baltic States)


Some recommended hotels include:

1A Gertsena Street (13 min walk (1,1 km), see on
91 Lenina Prospekt (20 min walk (2 km) or 15 minutes by bus No 19, 32, 26 from Glavpochtamt to TEMZ; Trolleybus No 1 to TEMZ), check
24А Krylova Street (20 min walk (1,6 km) or 5 minutes by tram No 1 to Politekhnicheskiy University; 10 minutes by bus No 19, 32, 26 from Novo-Sobornaya Square to TEMZ), check
91 Lenina Prospekt (20 min walk (2 km) or 15 minutes by bus No 19, 32, 26 from Glavpochtamt to TEMZ; Trolley bus No 1 to TEMZ), check

If you have a problem with booking a hotel, you can contact Inessa Nekrasova at


Local currency in Russia is ruble. If you need to change money, this can be done only in banks. However, you may also pay with your regular bankcard at any store or restaurant in Tomsk. Please, remember to notify your local bank about your trip to Russia in advance to avoid blockage of your account.


Weather forecasted for mid December in Tomsk can be freezing cold and snowy in the daily temperature range of -15-27℃., so it is advised to wear warm clothing and shoes. Please, find links to the weather forecasts to be checked before your arrival:


Please, mind the following time difference:

  • UTC+3 for Moscow
  • UTC+7 for Tomsk
  • UTC+8 for China


From the airport: Upon arrival, university representatives will pick you up from the airport and will help you to get to your hotel. Please, remember to send your ticket detailes to in advance. Otherwise, bus No. 119 connects Tomsk Bogashevo Airport (located approximately 20 km away from Tomsk) with the city center. The ticket costs 45 RUB. Besides, there are various taxis companies; a trip from the airport to the city center may cost from 500 to 700 RUB.

Local transport: The backbome of public transport within Tomsk is buses, trolleybuses and trams. Tickets can be purchased from a driver (buses) or cashier (trolleybuses and trams) on board. A ticket price is fixed per trip and makes 21 RUB for trolleybuses and 21 RUB for buses. To find out how you can get to your destination point, you can use Google maps or 2Gis maps.


TPU campus is located in the center of Tomsk within walking distance from any of the recommended hotels. For a campus map see this link.



TOMSK – it is history
Tomsk is one of the oldest cities in Siberia. Founded in 1604 by decree of Boris Godunov, Tomsk is a city where the first University in the Asian part of Russia was established. Tomsk is a place where Europe and Asia meet. People of different descents and confessions live in harmony and cooperate in this beautiful city.
TOMSK – it is universities and science
Tomsk is called “a city of students”, since every 8th citizen of Tomsk studies at university. Tomsk is the oldest major educational, research and innovation center in Siberia. It counts 6 universities, 30 research institutes, Technology Innovative Special Economic Zone and 8 business incubators. Due to the high density of universities, Tomsk is unofficially named “Siberian Athens”.
TOMSK – it is wooden architecture
Wooden architecture of Tomsk is a magnificent heritage of art and is architectural landmark of the city. Since the 17th century wood has been the most affordable and thus favorite building material in Siberia. The beautiful houses, dressed in carved wooden lace, take you back to the times of merchants, wagons and ladies in lush dresses.


Tomsk Technological Institute (currently Tomsk Polytechnic University) was founded in 1896 by Emperor Nicholas II. It became the fourth technical university in the country and the first in its Asian part. Being the oldest engineering higher school in the Asian part of Russia, Tomsk Polytechnic University has become an alma mater for generations of graduates, brilliant researchers, inspiring political and public figures, gifted teacher, and excellent engineers. Today TPU is a national research university that places special emphasis on advanced engineering education, creation of resource-efficient technologies, internationalization, and integration of research and academic activities.
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The Opening ceremony of Tomsk Technological Institute
Tomsk Polytechnic University 2019


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