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International Students in Perm and PSU: News on Vaccination, Tests and Study Format

According to RBK-Perm Media Company (РБК-Пермь), the return of all foreign students to Perm might take 3-4 months. To remind, this is the information about the city on a whole, with several universities teaching various groups of international students, from all over the world.

One of the most important issues related to the return is the vaccination against coronavirus. Many students, according to the rules of their country, already come vaccinated. And, in order to switch them to full-time studies, universities require notarized and translated copies of vaccination certificates. However, not everyone has analogs of QR codes attributed to Russian vaccines.

As we earlier noticed, prior to arrival, foreign students must notify PSU International Department at least 10 days in advance of the entry date by int_dpt@psu.ru and international@psu.ru. No earlier than 3 days before the arrival, a foreign student must pass a PCR test for COVID-19.

Vadim Gataulin, Head of PSU International Department and Yasir Jasmin (Iraq), student of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU, winner of the Russian language test TruD ’2020

Since September 2021, PSU international students are able to get vaccination at the University health center (dormitory #2). To do this, a student needs to show a voluntary health insurance, a personal ID and a student pass. Also, foreign citizens can be vaccinated in their own country.

Generally, foreign students in Perm are offered anti-COVID vaccination at Perm Regional Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS and Infectious Diseases (AIDS Center), on a commercial basis, RUB 650 per an injection. Those who do not get vaccinated, will also be allowed to study, in a remote format.

“The distance learning offered during the pandemic has already proved its efficiency. Offline classes ere are also present for those specialties which require lab projects and workshops. The process yet has been moved to the maximum distance,”

says Vadim Gataulin, Head of PSU International Department.

The overwhelming majority of foreign students in Perm – more than 90%, study on a paid contract basis. The tuition fees among all Perm-based universities remain the same – as well as the curriculum, which covers all the disciplines required, albeit in a distance format. Besides Perm State University, in Perm foreign students choose Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Perm State Medical University, Perm State Agrarian and Technological University.

Half of PSU International Students Got Vaccinated, Safely

About 50% of foreign students who had come to study at Perm State University, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 – the service offered since 30 September, 2021, territorially.

“Previously, the status of international student did not allow a foreign citizen to be vaccinated against coronavirus, locally. For now, legal contradictions have been resolved on the federal level. In the Perm Territory, a batch of Sputnik Light vaccine has been purchased for foreign citizens,” PSU International Department has commented. “Since the end of September, 2021, vaccination against coronavirus has been set at the Perm Regional Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS and Infectious Diseases.”

According to PSU International Department, over 300 PSU international students there have been staying locally in Perm or inside the country, for the current academic year. Out of them, 150 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus infection, by the end of October 2021.

At the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, as well as at the Faculty of Biology, the amount of vaccinated foreigners international students is reaching 100%. For vaccination, PSU international students are welcomed to apply to the dean’s office of their related Faculty.

Vaccination is regarded as a reliable way to defend oneself during the pandemic.

Vaccination of Foreigners in Perm Territory, Latest Update

Since 30 September, 2021, immunization against COVID-19 among foreign citizens will take place at the Department of Commercial Medical Services, Perm Regional Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS and Infectious Diseases (AIDS Center). According to the Ministry of Health of Perm krai, the AIDS Center acts as an authorized institution providing vaccination against the new coronavirus infection among foreign citizens, including those international students studying in the Perm territory.

As of 3 October, 78 foreign citizens have been given vaccines against coronavirus, regionally. According to the Ministry of Health of Perm krai, 10,000 foreigners will be offered vaccination against COVID-19.

The Ministry explained that immunization of foreign citizens will be carried out using the Sputnik Light vaccine. The medical service will be provided individually on a separate agreement, providing international passport, at the cost of RUB 650 paid in cash.

Agreements with legal entities (employers) is also possible. To do this, companies need to send an email to the Financial Control Department at aidsfin@mail.ru, providing its contact details, as well as a list of people wishing to pass immunization, signed by the company’s head. The contact person for further info is Ms Maria Mansurovna Mikryukova, tel. 8 (342) 285-06-01.

In addition, it is possible to undergo immunization using a voluntary health insurance certificate, covering vaccination. The service is eligible through a contract between the insurance company and the AIDS Center.

Immunization of foreign citizens is provided at the following address: Perm, ul. A. Sviyazeva, 21, Department of Commercial Medical Services, Mon-Fri, from 8.30 to 12.30 and from 13.00 to 15.00.

If you have any questions on the process of immunization, please contact Ms Natalia Mikhailovna Mokova, Head of the Department of Commercial Medical Services, tel. 8 (342) 285-04-62.

To remind, the contra indications against the vaccine are:

  • hypersensitivity to any of the vaccine’s components or the vaccine containing similar components;
  • a medical history of severe allergic reactions;
  • acute infectious and non-infectious diseases, exacerbation of chronic diseases. In such cases, vaccination is carried out 2-4 weeks after the recovery or remission. With mild           ARVI (acute respiratory viral infection), acute infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, vaccination is carried out after the temperature has returned to normal;
  • pregnancy and the period of breastfeeding;
  • age up to 18 years.

Note that the immunization of foreign citizens against COVID-19 is carried out in accordance with the instruction of the President of the Russian Federation #PR-1096 from 06.26.2021, and by the decree of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor for Perm krai #206 from 13 July, 2021, “On conducting preventive vaccinations for certain groups of citizens for epidemic indications.”

News Source (original).

Come Back to PSU: A Notice to International Students

International Students at Perm State University (PSU) will start the 2021-2022 academic year in the same format as Russian students: full-time bachelors will start their studies in a traditional format, while second-year graduate, postgraduate and part-time students will start distance studying, online. Yet, foreigners must follow entry rules developed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

Prior to arrival, foreign students must notify the Department of International Relations at PSU at least 10 days in advance of the date of entry by int_dpt@psu.ru. No earlier than 3 days before the arrival, a foreign student must pass a PCR test for COVID-19.

In case of a negative result is negative, please provide confirmation in Russian or English. Foreign students are required to do a repeat test within 72 hours after entering Russia. Before the announcement of the second test results, it is necessary to observe the self-isolation regime at the place of stay. If necessary, PSU will provide a dedicated, isolated observation placement for that.

“We are trying to create comfortable learning conditions for our international students. With all its advantages, the distance format cannot provide a high level of efficiency of practical training, which is most important for natural science specialties. Therefore, PSU is committed to providing full-time residency for as many international students as possible – guided by the rules of entry for foreign citizens studying at Russian universities, developed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russian Federation,”

comments Mikhail Grabevnik, Head of International Academic Mobility Office, PSU.

PSU international students will be able to get vaccinated at the University health center (dormitory #2). To do this, a student needs to show a voluntary health insurance, a personal ID and a student pass. Also, foreign citizens can be vaccinated in their own country.

Perm State University expects 550 two-component vaccines for foreign students. Currently, 340 out of 412 foreign students are staying in Russia. In the future, about 200 more are expected to come.

International students will be able to continue their studies at Russian universities in full-time format in accordance with the joint decision of the Operational headquarters to prevent the import and spread of a new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

PSU Goes Internationally Digital

Vadim Gataulin, Head of the Department of International Relations, PSU, has participated in the case session “Expansion: Ready to Roll On Cooperation with New Digital Reality”, as part of Education Week last May. At the session, he commented on the progress of international activity at Perm State University (PSU), as well as the increase of partners from abroad, regardless of the pandemic.

In 2020, PSU signed 23 agreements on scientific and academic cooperation with universities from 12 countries, to name Armenia, Great Britain, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mexico, Norway, USA, Taiwan, Turkey and France.

Since the start of 2021, PSU has already signed 19 agreements on scientific and academic cooperation with 16 universities from Belgium, Belarus, Israel, Kazakhstan, China, Romania, Uzbekistan, and Japan.

Despite the difficult working conditions in 2020, PSU accepted 865 international students in both basic educational programs and academic mobility and academic exchange programs. (Figures did significantly increase last years: 387 students in 2017; 353 in 2018; and 747 in 2019).

Keeping in mind students from abroad and partner organizations, the case session discussed the adaptation of Russian universities to the new conditions of teaching, the education market after the pandemic, and the efficiency of online and offline services.

“Besides challenge, any crisis does provide opportunity. Yet, at the same time, I have to state that the pressure on teaching staff has increased, in connection with online formats. And, in order to ensure the same level of education quality, additional efforts have to be made. This year we were forced to fully engage in the online environment,”

says Vadim Gataulin, head of the Department of International Relations, PSU.

Within the case session framework, the issue of legal support when working with foreign applicants, has been touched, as well as migration legislation and further employment opportunities in Russia.

The has been set by IPR MEDIA, moderated by Vera Skorobogatova, Leading Researcher, Institute for Demographic Research, Federal Research Sociological Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as Natalya Ivanova, Head of IPR MEDIA.

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