Once you are accepted into the School in Russia, Middlebury staff in Russia will use the passport copy you have uploaded as part of your application (or the copy graduate students provide to the Middlebury staff) to request the letter of invitation from the university. Once you receive this letter (usually in late July or early December), you should apply for your visa to Russia.
We recommend that you use CIBT to process your visa, though you may elect to apply in person at the consulate with jurisdiction over your home or school address.
We have Russian Visa Instructions for you here in hopes of an easy application process.
If you are applying at a foreign consulate, please contact Susan Parsons for assistance.