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COVID-19: start of classes guidelines

When can international students arrive to Tomsk?

For international students, classes start as scheduled:

  • September 15 for Bachelor and Master students
  • October 2 for pre-university course learners
  • October 15 for postgraduate students

We are mindful of the travel restrictions that affect the ability of international students to reach their place of study, therefore international students are not expected to arrive to Tomsk for face-to-face learning until the travel ban is officially lifted.

TUSUR monitors the situation and will assist the arrival of international students once the government allows it. Until such time, all classes will be delivered via our proprietary learning environment sdo.tusur.ru. Please refer to your contact person at the Division of International Cooperation for assistance with the setup of your account.

In any case, once travel is allowed, to cross the Russian border, you will need a student visa and a COVID clearance certificate issued no earlier than 3 days before your arrival.

Do I have to undergo a quarantine?

As required by the Russian human wellbeing authority RosPotrebNadzor, all students arriving from abroad must undergo a 14-day quarantine. TUSUR has set up a Quarantine Center in its dormitory at 10 Lytkina Street.

On the 10th to 12th day after arrival, all quarantined students will undergo a COVID test (the cost of which will be covered by TUSUR) and, provided that the result is negative, will be issued a campus pass and re-accommodated to their regular dormitories.

What do I need to bring to the Quarantine Center?

You must have your passport, migration card and tickets, and your original documents of prior education.

Make sure to have items that are essential for your daily life (such as personal care products), as well as devices that will be necessary for your online classes (laptop, headphones, chargers, etc.).

Can I leave the Quarantine Center to run errands?

At the Quarantine Center, you will be restricted to your block. You will not be allowed to leave the building, any non-essential luggage will be locked in the storage room. Your stay at the Quarantine Center will be supported by University personnel and student volunteers who will help you deal with any issues, should you have any.

What will happen if the travel ban remains in place till the end of the year?

In that unlikely case, you will continue to attend your classes online. TUSUR University is a pioneer and recognized expert in distance learning and we are confident in our ability to deliver high-quality, high-value education via our distance learning environment sdo.tusur.ru.

Update on TUSUR response to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact lives around the world, TUSUR University is maintaining its restrictions on face-to-face contact within its community. Although all classrooms on campus are closed and most of University faculty and staff are currently working from home, our academic and administrative processes are not slowing down and our goals and standards of excellence remain unchanged.

To address the challenges that social distancing poses to academic processes, TUSUR has leveraged its massive experience in e-learning obtained through the Faculty of Distance Learning, the largest faculty at TUSUR that has been delivering excellent engineering education for off-campus students for over 20 years. Scaling up its best e-learning practices to its entire 12,000 student body, TUSUR has created more than 1,200 online courses and 750 webinars and holds more than 150 web conferences daily.

Protecting the health and well-being of our community remains our top priority. Every building on campus implements strict access control, with only authorized personnel allowed access, and only after a mandatory express health check. A strict stay-at-home order is currently in place in all of TUSUR dormitories, no new residents are allowed to check in.

On April 20, TUSUR Rector Victor Rulevskiy made the decision to extend the e-learning period till June 1, all final assessments are also to be carried out online.

On April 23, TUSUR equipped additional self-study classrooms in dormitories in order to support resident students who rely on out-of-dormitory equipment for their studies.

On April 24, TUSUR Graduate Employment Office launched the digital job center to help students self-finance during the pandemic. As of May 6, 70+ applications from TUSUR students have been processed.

Enrollment campaign goes online

To ensure the safety of our community and to uphold the rules of social distancing for the duration of the 2020 enrollment campaign, TUSUR University has made the decision to carry out all admissions procedures fully online. No submission of the hard copies of applicants’ certificates will be required for enrollment. International applicants are encouraged to contact the Division of International Cooperation for assistance with application.

TUSUR for the community

Volunteers from TUSUR University are providing digital support to schools, help University faculty members and operating from the volunteering headquarters that offers assistance to elderly people and people with disabilities. More than 100 students of TUSUR University are currently volunteering for mitigation of the pandemic crisis in Tomsk, 20 of them providing digital assistance for Tomsk schools, 11 helping University faculty members with e-learning technologies, and 23 students operating from the volunteering headquarters of Tomsk region where they support quarantining elderly people and people with disabilities. In addition, student volunteers have been assisting with health monitoring in University buildings since the start of the lockdown period. Learn more

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in December 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

Can COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?

The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low.

What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Should I worry about COVID-19?

Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care. It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones.

We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. First and foremost among these actions is regular and thorough hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene. Secondly, keep informed and follow the advice of the local health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gatherings.

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but studies suggest that coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

What should I do if I feel unwell or suspect I might have been exposed to a person with COVID-19?

As our main goal as a community is to prevent the spread of the disease, it is vital that you stay home if you show any symptoms of illness, particularly fever or cough. Please immediately contact the director of your dormitory who will ensure that a doctor will visit you shortly. In any case, make sure to reduce your contact with other people and practice extra care with your respiratory hygiene.

Can I get tested for COVID-19 just to be sure?

At this time, testing is only available to people who show symptoms or have been exposed to people arriving from regions with a high number of COVID-19 cases, or otherwise as determined by a doctor.

Where can I find reliable information about the COVID-19 situation in Russia?

The official website of the Russian Ministry of Healthcare стопкоронавирус.рф should be treated as the ultimate reliable source of information on the epidemiological situation in Russia. Internationally, the WHO website is a good source to rely on.

I or my parents have other concerns. Who can I talk to?

TUSUR University has launched a Russian-language hotline number +7 (3822) 907-166 for students and their parents regarding any matters concerning the COVID-19 situation. Any non-Russian language inquiries can be addressed to the Division of International Cooperation at: ama@main.tusur.ru, saa@main.tusur.ru (in French or English), kga@tusur.ru, kos@main.tusur.ru (in English).