International Students from 25 Countries Allowed to Return to Russia

In accordance with Resolution No. 639-p by the Government of the Russian Federation as of March 16, 2021, international students, postgraduates, medical residents, and students of preparatory faculties from 25 countries are allowed to return to Russia to continue their studies.

More than two thousand international students from 56 countries, most of them from Egypt, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Iraq, are studying at South Ural State University.

“Today, outside the Russian Federation, more than 1100 of our students, of all forms of education, including in the pre-university programmes and programmes of secondary vocational education, 421 of whom are currently located in 25 countries with safe epidemiological situation,” said the Head of the SUSU International Office Andrey Kocherov. “Our university is ready to welcome everyone back. Right now, we are conducting a monitoring and drawing up an entry schedule for everyone. In one of the dormitories, an observation facility for 120 people has been equipped. There are also people who plan to self-isolate in their apartments. We have begun to receive applications, and now there are more than 50 of them, mainly from citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”

International citizens of the countries recommended by Rospotrebnadzor as countries with safe epidemiological situation can enter Russia for studying.  

Currently, international students from Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Vietnam, Greece, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Tanzania, Turkey, Finland, Switzerland, Ethiopia, South Korea, South Ossetia, and Japan can return to Russia.

The list of countries that are open for international students to enter Russia, updated by Rospotrebnadzor, will be presented to students through their personal accounts on the official web-site of the university, as well as through official pages on social networks and messengers.

Also, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation has developed a procedure for the entry of international students in Russia from abroad.

  1. Before arriving in Russia, international students shall notify the university by e-mail at least 10 days in advance of the date of their entry into the Russian Federation. After receiving the request, the university determines the possibility of entry and confirms its readiness to accept the student by sending an e-mail.
  2. Not earlier than 3 calendar days before arriving in Russia, the students shall take a COVID-19 test using the PCR method and, if the result is negative, obtain the corresponding document in Russian or in English in their country.
  3. Within 72 hours after entering the territory of Russia, international students shall take another PCR test. Before receiving the test results, they shall self-isolate at the place of residence.

During the period of isolation, the training is organized in an online format. International students shall take a repeated test before they are allowed to attend their programmes on a full-time basis.

If during the period of self-isolation, international students develop the first symptoms of an acute respiratory illness (fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough), they shall immediately inform the university about this and call a doctor.

Information on what actions international students, postgraduates, medical residents, and students of preparatory faculties shall take before arriving in Russia will be posted on the university web-site and in social networks.

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