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How Will the New Academic Year Start for International Students?

How Will the New Academic Year Start for International Students?

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Classes will begin on-campus on September 1 (for some graduate programmes on October 1), and wearing masks in university buildings and dormitories will be mandatory for all students and teachers. HSE University will arrange online learning with mandatory support from professors for newly enrolled international students who are currently unable to travel to Russia.

Arriving in Russia: Testing and Quarantine

Before arriving to study in Russia, foreign students must purchase a medical policy, which covers a medical checkup and a PCR test for Covid-19. The list of insurance companies and the information about purchasing policies online can be found here.

It is also necessary to obtain a document confirming a negative PCR test result for Covid-19 in your country (you must have this document at hand ready for presentation at the airport, train station, and any border checkpoint, as well as in HSE dormitories). The document should be in English or Russian.

International students will be required to observe 14 days of self-isolation and get tested for the virus on the 11th day after arriving in Russia.

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During the two-week self-isolation period, international students will be required to stay in their dormitory rooms. You will be allowed to go only to the hospital, pharmacy, or a store for essential goods. In case of violations, the management of the dormitory has the right to take disciplinary measures. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to follow the instructions.

During this period, online education will be provided for international students, so be sure to bring your laptop with you.

What do I need to do?

Three days before the date of your arrival to the Russian Federation, which you must indicate in advance in your personal online account, you will receive a referral to check in to your dormitory with the exact address and room number.

Once you arrive in Moscow, you can get to your dormitory by whatever means that are most convenient: taxi or Aeroexpress.

When checking into the dormitory, you must present:

  • a document confirming a negative PCR test result for Covid-19 (the test should be taken not earlier than 3 days prior to arrival);
  • a vaccination certificate or a copy of a vaccination certificate (form No. 156 / y-93);
  • a medical policy purchased before arriving in the Russian Federation (the list of insurance companies is provided above);

Immediately upon arrival, you must register at the dormitory with your passport and migration card: be sure to contact the passport officer of the dormitory where you will be staying.

On the 11th (calendar) day after your arrival (if this day falls on Saturday / Sunday, then on Monday), you must go to the hospital covered by the medical policy that you purchased before arriving to Russia and get tested for Covid-19 a second time with a PCR test as well as get a medical checkup. The result of the checkup and additional PCR test will be sent directly to HSE, after which your programme manager will send your information about how to begin your full-time studies. 

To ensure safety, there will be temperature check points at all HSE building entrances, and regular air disinfection will be carried out in classrooms.

Detailed information has been sent to all foreign students preparing for their arrival to the Russian Federation at the emails indicated in their online HSE accounts.

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What if I can't travel to Russia because of the travel restrictions?

Due to the pandemic, many international students will not be able to arrive on campus by the beginning of the academic year, September 1 (October 1 for some graduate programmes). 

Online classes will be arranged for these students until they are able to travel to Russia. HSE University will ensure the full-scale implementation of programme curricula online thanks to the digital solutions and services available to all students. Moreover, all students have an approved curriculum that can include a remote learning option so that it is possible to complete the coursework online until students are able to arrive at HSE campus after the restrictions have been lifted.

International students will receive an email with detailed information about their online study shortly. Students can also contact their programme study offices or programme managers and clarify all the technical requirements for completing online coursework.

An online welcome session will be held for all incoming first-year students on August 25 and 26, during which international students will be able to ask HSE staff about the new academic year and arriving on campus University in Moscow. Follow our Facebook group page for more announcements.

We look forward to welcoming you to HSE University and wish you a successful start of the new school year!

Contact International Admissions or International Student Support if you have any questions or concerns about the  required documents and procedures.

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First-year Students Will Be Able to Get COVID Shots at HSE University

The new regulations ‘On the Organization of Studies for the 2021/2022 Academic Year’ feature in detail what will change for first-year students in the new academic year. HSE University will be organizing a vaccination drive in September for students aged 18 and over who are unvaccinated. Younger students will be eligible for vaccination once they turn 18.

New Safety Measures to Be Introduced at HSE University

Starting September 1, 2021, HSE University-Moscow is introducing new safety policies on campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They apply to students over 18 years old who have not had COVID during the last six months, have not been vaccinated (with a Russian or a foreign vaccine), nor have a medical exemption from vaccination. Free vaccination will be available on campus to all arriving students.

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Researchers of HSE Tikhonov Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM), in cooperation with their colleagues from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), have developed software to model the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This is the world’s fastest Viral Genealogy Simulator (VGsim). For more details about this scalable simulator, read the reprint on medRxiv. The code is freely available at GitHub.