TERRITORY 207.6 thousand km2

NUMBER OF RESIDENTS  9,508 million

POPULATION DENSITY 46 people / km2

CAPITAL Minsk with the population 1,975 million people.

LANGUAGE Belarusian, Russian


STATE STRUCTURE Presidential Republic
RELIGION Christianity, Judaism, Islam
NATIONAL CURRENCY Belarusian ruble (BYN)

CLIMATE Moderately continental



Belarus is an original and beautiful country with a rich historical past and unique nature.

Belarus is situated in the center of Europe and borders on five states: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia.

Belarus is an independent and developed nation with modern industry and agriculture.

Belarus is at the crossroads where the most important trans-European railroads and motorways converge, oil and gas pipelines, waterways and air routes connect Europe and Asia.

Belarus is the birthplace of such outstanding people as F. Skorina – the first Belarusian printer, the noble Radziwill family, M. Chagall – the world famous artist, and many others.

Belarusians are friendly people. Representatives of different nationalities and confessions live in peace and harmony in our country.


Belarus is a nation of the educated: more than half of its residents have graduated from higher education institutions.

Studying in Belarus you will have a unique opportunity to dip into country’s life, culture and traditions, master your knowledge of Russian, get experience of communication with native speakers and make new friends.

Belarus is in the top 10 countries with the lowest crime rate and high level of security according to the popular Numbeo service. The safety index in Belarus is 77.74 points out of 100 possible.

Vitebsk is one of the oldest cities in Belarus. Modern Vitebsk is one of the largest industrial centers of the Republic of Belarus, the city with a highly developed industry, science and culture. The streets and squares are decorated with monuments of architecture and art. They beautify ancient streets of the city on the Western Dvina river in the complex with a complicated architectural and planning structure and the composition of picturesque buildings. Vitebsk land is rich in historical and cultural traditions, which receive the new birth and the further development today.

Living costs in Belarus are significantly lower than in European countries, North America or Russia.  Meanwhile we have more comfortable living conditions because the situation in the country is quite steady, infrastructure is developed and  foreign citizens are treated in a kind way.

Tuition fees are significantly lower in Belarus in comparison with Europe, North America and Russia.

For example (all prices are approximately):


  • Economy seat – 7-8 USD
  • Seat in a private compartment – 11-12 USD 

Public transport

Vitebsk has very good transport links. There are buses, trams, trolleybuses and minibuses.

  • Bus / tram / trolley bus fare - 0.30 USD
  • Minibus fare - 0.60 USD

It is also possible to buy a monthly pass. The cost varies from the number of variants of transport.

Also you can call a taxi in the city. The average cost of a trip around the city is 2.5 – 4 USD

Food and drinks

  • A cup of coffee – 1.5-2 USD
  • A meal in a café – from 3.5 USD

Mobile phone calls

About 0.02 USD per 1 minute


  • Gym (monthly pass) – about 35 USD
  • Movie ticket – from 2.5 USD

Belarus today houses more than 100 different nationalities.  Various foreign students who have lived in other European countries point out with great satisfaction that Belarusians are hospitable and kind nation and treat foreigners in a good way.

However, we recommend you to be more attentive in the streets, mind your belongings and avoid visiting remote suburban areas in nighttime. Below you will find phone numbers, which are to be used in emergency case.

Emergency services telephones:

101 – Emergency Ministry

102 – Police office

103 – Emergency ambulance

104 – Gas emergency service

105 – Railway station help desk

106 – Air transport help desk

107 – Taxi “007”

The call is free from any phone!

Foreign citizens’ staying in the Republic of Belarus is regulated by the relevant rules and in case the foreign citizen breaks them he or she may get an administrative charge or get deported. That is why you should always carry the copy of your foreign passport with you.

You can get more detailed information about the rules of foreign citizens’ staying with the Republic of Belarus in the VSU Department of Foreign Relations.

Learn more: http://studyinby.com/en/main/


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