Ural Federal University: UrFU Will Support Foreign Students on Arrival to Russia

Foreign students of Ural Federal University will soon be able to come to Ekaterinburg to start their studies in the offline format. Victor Koksharov, Rector of UrFU, told this at the webinar about the organization of entry and study for students arriving from other countries in the new academic year.

“For many months now, UrFU has been improving its technical capabilities, organizing classes remotely or in a mixed form. Today international students have the opportunity to come to Russia and start studying in a familiar format. We have done everything in our power to make sure that this process is organized, and you can come to Ekaterinburg in the very near future,” said Victor Koksharov to the students.

According to the rector, the university is actively developing infrastructure for comfortable study and life of both Russian and foreign students. The construction of new dormitories for almost 10,000 people is going on and they will be put into operation by 2023. In addition, the construction of modern academic buildings in the new Ural Federal University campus in the Novokoltsovsky neighborhood is also planned – this application was supported by the Russian Government.

“In order to receive an official invitation, foreign students only need to inform about their desire to come to UrFU and attach a number of mandatory documents. We have developed a handy memo that will guide you through all the necessary steps from your first application to arriving in Ekaterinburg,” said Sergey Tushin, Deputy Vice-Rector for International Relations.

The preparation of an official invitation to study may take more than a month, and once this has been received, students can apply for their visa at the consulates of the Russian Federation. Students must notify the International Student Adaptation Center 10 days before their arrival in Russia, and students can also take advantage of Buddy’s help to meet them at the airport or train station.

International students will need a negative PCR test within three days prior to arrival in Russia. Another test students take already in Russia no later than the first 72 hours after arrival, until the result is obtained, it is necessary to observe self-isolation.

According to Sergey Tushin, the university will allow international students to be vaccinated against coronavirus in the UrFU medical unit. If a student is already protected against COVID-19 by vaccines produced in other countries, the university will accept the appropriate documents in Russian or English. The vaccination remains voluntary.