About Belarus: Essential Information for International Students

President Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko

Official Name Republic of Belarus

State Lnaguages Belarusian, Russian

Total Area 207,600 km²

Population 9.501 million

Capital Minsk – 1.992 million

National Currency Belarusian ruble (Byn)

Bank cards are widely utilized for transactions, including payments for goods and services, ATM withdrawals, and transactions at payment terminals.

The most prevalent international payment systems in Belarus are Visa and MasterCard. Additionally, electronic money settlement systems are widely available. Traveler's checks (American Express) can be exchanged for cash at most currency exchange offices and banks in Belarus.

Belarus offers a compelling advantage for international students seeking a high-quality education at a significantly reduced cost compared to European countries, North America, and Russia. This affordability extends to both living expenses and educational fees.

Reduced Living Costs:

The minimum monthly cost of living in Belarus is estimated to be around 300 USD. This amount covers essential needs such as food, utilities, transportation, and communication. Compared to the living expenses in many other countries, Belarus presents a highly attractive option for budget-conscious students.

Competitive Education Costs:

Educational costs in Belarus are also considerably lower than those in Europe, North America, and Russia. This significant cost difference makes Belarus a strategic choice for international students seeking an exceptional education without breaking the bank.

Factors Contributing to Affordability:

Several key factors contribute to Belarus's affordability for both living and education:

  • Government Policies: The Belarusian government actively implements policies designed to maintain affordability, including subsidies for essential goods and services.
  • Lower Labor Costs: Belarus generally experiences lower labor costs compared to many developed countries. This translates to lower overall expenses for goods and services consumed by students.
  • Stable Economy: Belarus enjoys a relatively stable economy, helping to control inflation and keep costs in check.

Climate of Belarus

Belarus experiences a temperate continental climate influenced by frequent Atlantic cyclones. Winters are mild with prolonged thaws, while summers are moderately warm.

Average Temperature

Average temperatures vary across Belarus. In July, the average temperature ranges from +17°C in the north to +18.5°C in the south. The average January temperature fluctuates between -4.5°C in the southwest and -8°C in the northeast. In some regions of Belarus, temperatures remain below freezing for more than a third of the year.

Precipitation

On average, 600-700 mm of precipitation falls annually across Belarus. 70% of this precipitation occurs in the form of rain during the period from April to October

Recommendations

Due to the cool winters and potential for freezing temperatures, it is advisable to pack warm clothing when coming to Belarus.

Mobile Operators:

  • A1
  • MTS
  • Life

Important Regulations:

  • Alcohol and Tobacco: To maintain a healthy and respectful environment, the consumption of alcohol and smoking is prohibited in all public areas, university buildings, dormitories, and their immediate surroundings.
  • Students are required to reside only at the place of registration.

Emergency Phone Numbers in Belarus:

101 - Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS): For fire, natural disasters, and other emergencies.
102 - Police: For reporting crimes, requesting police assistance, or seeking general police information.
103 - Ambulance: For medical emergencies and urgent medical assistance.
104 - Gas Emergency Service: For gas leaks, gas-related accidents, or other gas-related emergencies.
105 - Railway Station Information: For inquiries about train schedules, tickets, and general railway information.
106 - Air Transport Information: For inquiries about flight schedules, tickets, and general air travel information.