Every day, we’re constantly adapting to a new reality due to COVID-19.

Thus, it’s our priority to provide our current and prospective students and staff

with up-to-date information and encourage everyone

to work together during these challenging times.

Let’s keep ITMO a healthy and safe place!

 

This content was last updated on February 24, 2021.

Education

Starting on February 8, 2021, ITMO University has returned to on-site learning: classes and research will be conducted directly on the university’s premises.

As the following format requires in-person attendance, students currently located in other regions of Russia must come back to St. Petersburg and begin their studies on-site no later than March 9, 2021. International students currently located outside of Russia and unable to come to St. Petersburg will continue to study remotely.

In 2021, the online format remains relevant for short-term educational activities such as summer/winter schools and ITMO’s admissions campaign. Prospective students can apply for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs and submit their documents remotely via ITMO University’s Admission Campaign website. For more information, please see our step-by-step application guides.

More information is available in this article by ITMO.NEWS. 

Campus and life

The university's campuses, including coworking spaces, cafeterias, and classrooms, will operate within their specific working hours.

Coworking Spaces on Lomonosova St. 9 and on Kronverksky Pr. 49 are open 24/7, while other spaces are available according to their particular schedule.

The library on Lomonosova St. 9  is open from Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm.

Cafeterias

Kronverksky Pr. 49 Mon-Fri 9 am – 8 pm
Schedule is subject to change
Lomonosova St. 9 Mon-Fri 9 am – 7 pm
Sat 9 am – 5 pm
Chaykovskogo St. 11/2 Mon-Fri 10 am – 6 pm
Grivtsova Ln. 14-16
Birzhevaya Liniya 14-16

On-site activities, including events organized by student clubs, as well as most sports clubs may be conducted in-person only in groups of less than 50 people in compliance with sanitary and epidemiological requirements.

Classrooms, laboratories, halls, lobbies, bathrooms, and other shared spaces are serviced according to hygienic regulations and are equipped with hand sanitiser dispensers. All university spaces are temperature-controlled, air-conditioned, and regularly disinfected.

Migration information

Entry into Russia

According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020 entry to the territory of the Russian Federation is restricted until further notice.

Invitations for arrival to the Russian Federation can currently be issued to international students who are citizens of the following countries: Tanzania, Turkey, Switzerland, Egypt, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Korea, Cuba, Serbia, Japan, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Qatar, Finland, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

Conditions for entry:

  • a foreign citizen must have citizenship or permanent residency of the country in question;
  • the border can be crossed only by air.

Migration documents

Foreign citizens (including students) whose migration documents will or have expired while they are still in Russia, during the period from March 15, 2020, to March 15, 2021, will receive an automatic extension from the date of expiry of the following documents:

  • visa
  • temporary residence permit
  • permanent residency
  • migration card
  • registration

During this time, international students can legally stay in Russia and leave the country, if necessary.

As the extension is granted automatically, international students do not have to go anywhere to extend these documents. Follow the link to read the full text of the decree (in Russian).

However, these rules are not applicable if:

  • migration documents expired before March 14, 2020
  • a foreign citizen arrived in Russia from March 15, 2020, to March 15, 2021
  • a foreign citizen has changed their place of residence in Russia

If students change their place of residence during this period, they must get a new registration and immediately inform ITMO’s Migration Services Office. You can find more information about migration registration in the federal law on foreign migration (in Russian).

Health and wellness

Wash your hands Stay physically active Practice social distancing Wear masks in public Follow WHO Recommendations

Leisure

It’s still encouraged to avoid gatherings as much as possible to protect ourselves and others but social distancing doesn’t have to be boring!

  • Improve your language skills at French and English Speaking Clubs! Meetings are held weekly both online and offline. It’s a great chance to take part in exciting discussions, movie nights, and at-home parties, as well as meet new friends;
  • Jam pack your weekends with various online and offline events from our weekly guides for any weather and taste;
  • For video game updates, podcasts, and even more ideas for socially distant activities, check out our Entertainment section;
  • Here’s everything you need to know to stay healthy and active while self-isolating.

Websites with official information

In the current circumstances, it is important not to panic and only refer to official sources for information.

World Health Organization COVID-19 Info (in Russian) 

COVID-2019 unified hotline in Russia:

8-800-2000-112

Our support

Vaccination

Russian citizens, including ITMO students (see the requirements), are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The information on the vaccination of international citizens will be available soon.

Financial Aid

ITMO University has introduced a number of supportive measures for its students to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection at the university:

  • Financial compensation of testing for COVID-19 for students with related symptoms;
  • Free electric scooters to ride between ITMO campuses (from September 2020);
  • Partial compensation of travel costs for Russian students who chose to return to their hometowns while studying online and now must come back to St. Petersburg. Applications for financial reimbursement are submitted via the ITMO.Students app or email.

Psychological Support

At ITMO University, every Russian and international student can receive free psychological support. Consultations are predominantly in Russian, some consultations in English are available.

The Medical, Psychological and Social Assistance Center offers:

  • Psychological counseling;
  • Training sessions;
  • Relaxation sessions;
  • Meditation sessions.

Follow the link for more information.

Here’s an overview of online courses you can take to maintain your well-being and mental health during this uneasy period, including some useful tips and strategies for coping with stress and keeping it together during the pandemic.

FAQ

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a group of related RNA viruses that predominantly affect animals, but in some cases can be transmitted to humans, too. 

What are its symptoms?

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, answer these questions:

  • Over the past two weeks, have you been to countries with a large number of cases of coronavirus infection?
  • Have you been in contact with someone who has been to countries with a large number of cases of coronavirus infection in the past two weeks?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, seek medical advice to confirm the diagnosis and obtain qualified medical help. It’s better to refrain from visiting hospitals and clinics. You can arrange to have a doctor visit you at home by calling 112 or 103.

How is it transmitted?

  • By airborne droplets

Air is the main transmission factor for the novel coronavirus. Just like other respiratory diseases, COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. 

  • By airborne dust particles

Another way COVID-19 can be transmitted is by dust particles in the air. 

  • Through contact 

The novel coronavirus can also be transmitted through handshakes or touching shared objects and surfaces.

What safety precautions can I take to prevent myself from getting infected?

  • Refrain from visiting public places

Try to avoid going to shopping malls, mass events, and public transport at rush hour.

  • Use a disposable medical mask (respirator) in public places

Remember to change your mask (respirator) every 2-3 hours.

  • Avoid close contact and being in the same room with people who are visibly ill with the flu

The signs of being ill with the flu include coughing, sneezing, and running nose.

  • Wash your hands with soap

Thoroughly wash your hands with soap upon returning from a public outing, as well as after contact with strangers.

  • Disinfect your devices and any other surfaces that you touch
  • Limit hugs and handshakes
  • Only use personal hygiene items

Read this illustrated guide by ITMO.NEWS for more advice.