Information concerning the education process

The academic year at ITMO University begins on September 1, 2020. 

Studies will be organized in a blended (or hybrid) format. This means that classes will take place:

  • offline – in the classrooms and university laboratories
  • online – available from any location, considering you have the necessary devices (a laptop/computer/tablet with a microphone and camera) and a stable internet connection. These classes don’t require coming to the university.

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

Migration information

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.

Psychological support

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:

  • Medical, Psychological and Social Assistance Center 

(812) 572-12-30  

  • Clinical Psychology Service   

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.

Leisure in the time of self-isolation 

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:

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) 

Official Russian hotline for the COVID-19 epidemic:



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.