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The School fosters a multicultural, mutually respectful environment, which means every student can count on the support of peers, teachers and administrative staff, irrespective of their country of origin.

Our current students and previous graduates come from the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, South Korea, Serbia, China, Iran and other countries. 

The friendly and supportive atmosphere at the School helps them quickly feel at home and adapt to their new environment, make new friends and build useful networks.


Have no fear — all tuition and instruction for international students of British programmes is conducted in English. Naturally, all of our British bachelor programme tutors (as well as most of the School's administrative staff) are fluent in English. 

In addition, our Russian students often help their foreign counterparts out with any day-to-day issues and their studies. Later on, many of our foreign graduates stay in touch with their former fellow students, having gained a real sense of the culture and energy of Russia during their studies at BHSAD.

For those worried about getting around Moscow with limited Russian skills, it's true that not every person you meet on the street around town will have a good command of English. But chances are, younger people will know at least a little bit of spoken English and should be able to help you out.


To study in Russia, international students will need to obtain a student visa. Contrary to many people's expectations, processing a Russian visa is surprisingly straightforward. Our staff from the international department of BHSAD will be happy to advise you and help you put together the necessary documents.
Getting a visa can take some time, so we strongly advise that you submit your documents at least 2-3 months before the start of your studies. Please address any visa-related enquiries to 


It's no stretch to say that Moscow is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. It constantly plays host to a wide array of art and design-related events – from gallery exhibitions, to lectures and workshops, to major festivals.

Moreover, Moscow boasts an intoxicating mix of avant-garde galleries, art spaces and modern art centres that happily coexist alongside classical state museums and exhibition centres. With a strong exhibition programme and so many spaces devoted to cultural events, there are many opportunities here to visit blockbuster exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists, architects, designers and photographers. This makes Moscow am ideal place to both get acquainted with Russian art and design, and to become more familiar with the international art world.

The Pushkin Art Museum, both Tretyakov Art Galleries, the Moscow Kremlin, the Schusev State Architecture Museum and the State History Museum are world-renowned museums — must-sees for any well-educated person.

If you want to look at art from a different angle, check out Moscow's major modern art centres, including the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, the State Centre for Modern Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Multimedia Art Museum, the Zverev Modern Art Centre, the M'ARS Modern Art Centre and many others.

Also, don't miss the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, the ArchMoscow annual architecture exhibition, the Fashion and Style in Photography Biennale, the Lustra Illustration and Design festival and dozens of other events in Moscow's cultural calendar.

Attending these type of cultural events here in Russia's capital helps broaden views, enrich thinking, challenge aesthetic taste and inspire creativity.


International students form tight bonds with their Russian counterparts and spend a lot of time together, making the most of Moscow's cultural scene. At their disposal are English-language websites and magazines, cinemas that screen films in original languages, exhibitions, a burgeoning foodie scene, plus an eclectic range of nightclubs and bars.

Famous musicians often tour Moscow with their own concerts or as part of a festival line-up. For international students, this is a great opportunity to see their favourite performers for a fraction of the ticket price they could expect to pay elsewhere in Europe.

For those interested in leading a healthy lifestyle, there are plenty of fitness clubs, pools and outdoor sport facilities around Moscow.


Moscow is currently an attractive location for foreigners in terms of rental accommodation. The foreign currency price of housing is usually less than in most other major European cities, so students usually have no trouble finding a place to live on their own or to share with someone else. You can get more information about accommodation here.


As one of the biggest cities in the world, Moscow boasts a well-developed transport system, which includes the metro, a vast network of buses and trams, as well as many taxi services. Public transport (especially the metro) will magically transport you anywhere in the city, helping you to avoid the rush-hour traffic jams on the roads.

In addition to being super-fast and relatively cheap, the Moscow metro, with its lavishly decorated underground stations, is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. As well as helping you to get from A to B, metro trains will also get you to the far corners of the city.

In addition, a network of road public transport covers all of Moscow. There are handy phone apps available that help you work out the time of your journey and track transport arrivals in real time.   
You can buy single tickets or monthly transport passes, as well as load credit onto special cards to pay for your journey. Plenty of information is available here:


As expected, Russia is generally cooler than the rest of Europe, but this depends on the season and the region. Between May and September, Moscow enjoys comfortably dry, warm weather. Extreme summer heat is an exception, rather than the rule, here. In general, the temperature over summer period is between 15 - 25 degrees C. There are brief periods of rain.

The first cold snaps usually start in October and can run until March, and temperatures will definitely drop to well below zero. 

However, there is central heating in all buildings and on public transport, which ensures that it's toasty and warm indoors, even if it's freezing outside. But if you're going outside in the autumn and winter, make sure you have a warm jacket, a hat, gloves and appropriate footwear.


As with any megalopolis, you should make sure you take sensible precautions to keep safe in Moscow.

Don't leave your handbag or backpack open or unattended — especially if you're travelling on public transport or standing in crowded places; be discreet with fancy gadgets, large sums of money or expensive jewellery. Be wary of strangers and suspicious people and don't let yourself be talked into accepting dubious offers from people you don't know. All bankcard operations, money transfers and foreign exchange transactions should be carried out through official banks and providers only.