The academic year at ITMO University begins on September 1, 2020.
More information is available in this article by ITMO.NEWS.
Foreign citizens (including students) whose visas or registration will expire while they are still in Russia, during the period from March 15 to September 15, 2020, will receive an automatic extension of 90 days from the date of expiry of their migration documents. During this time, international students can legally stay in Russia and leave the country, if necessary. Follow the link to read the full text of the decree (in Russian)
As the extension is granted automatically, international students do not have to go anywhere to extend these documents. You can find more relevant migration registration information in the federal law (in Russian).
If students change their place of residence during this period, they must get a new registration, and inform ITMO’s Migration Service Office as soon as possible.
Fear, worry, and stress are normal responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown. So it is normal and understandable if you are experiencing mental health difficulties in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Head to WHO’s Mental Health & COVID-19 page to learn about ways to cope with the mental strain inflicted by the pandemic.
ITMO University offers its students mental health support both in Russian and English languages.
For more information, please contact:
And here’s an overview of online courses you can take to maintain your wellbeing and mental health during this uneasy period, including some useful tips and strategies to help you cope, as well as a couple of articles on what is stress and how to deal with it and how to keep it together during the pandemic.
It’s recommended that we all stay at home as much as possible to protect ourselves and others, but self-isolation doesn’t have to be boring!
Here’s a selection of articles to ensure that you stay healthy and active while self-isolating:
And here’s something to keep you entertained:
In the current circumstances, it is important not to panic and only refer to official sources for information.
COVID-19 Info (in Russian)
Official Russian hotline for the COVID-19 epidemic:
Coronaviruses are a group of related RNA viruses that predominantly affect animals, but in some cases can be transmitted to humans, too.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Common symptoms include:
If you are experiencing any of those symptoms, answer these questions:
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.
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.
Another way COVID-19 can be transmitted is by dust particles in the air.
The novel coronavirus can also be transmitted through handshakes or touching shared objects and surfaces.
Try to avoid going to shopping malls, mass events, and public transport at rush hour.
Remember to change your mask (respirator) every 2-3 hours.
The signs of being ill with the flu include coughing, sneezing, and running nose.
Thoroughly wash your hands with soap upon returning from a public outing, as well as after contact with strangers.
Read this illustrated guide by ITMO.NEWS for more advice.