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12:34 PM  February 20, 2021

Third of TSU and TPU foreigners study full-time due to closed borders

© РИА Томск. Таисия ВоронцоваThird of TSU and TPU foreigners study full-time due to closed borders

TOMSK, Feb 20 – RIA Tomsk. About 70% of the students of Tomsk State University (TSU) and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) from near and far abroad study in a remote format due to restrictions on entry to the Russian Federation, academic mobility programs are also partially implemented remotely, representatives of universities told RIA Tomsk.

Earlier it was reported that in March 2020, many countries restricted air traffic due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19. International students studying in Tomsk received recommendations from the authorities of their countries to return home and left Russia. In March, Tomsk universities switched to distance learning, and in September the academic year began in a mixed format: some of the classes were conducted remotely, and some were in intramural form. Many students were unable to come to study in Tomsk due to closed borders.

According to Izvestia, since February 16, Rospotrebnadzor has allowed foreign students to return to study if they have a negative PCR test result for COVID-19. However, many of them will not be able to come to Russia – so far only air borders are open and not with all states.

"The educational process is structured as follows: those who cannot come to Tomsk study remotely, as it was in the fall semester. Those who are in Tomsk study in a hybrid format together with other students... In total, Tomsk Polytechnic now has more than 2.500 foreign students, of whom almost 800 are in Tomsk", – a representative of TPU said.

According to the press service of the university, academic mobility programs with foreign universities continue to operate. In France, Great Britain, Italy, the Czech Republic and other countries, 25 polytechnic students study on them since the fall semester. In turn, 21 foreign students are currently studying at TPU on such programs, but mainly in a distance format, while being in their home country.

A similar principle of work is in place at TSU.

"About 900 foreign students are on the TSU campus, and more than 2.000 foreign citizens began their studies in the semester without settling in dormitories", – Director of the TSU Centre for Joint Academic Programmes Olga Maslennikova told RIA Tomsk.

The university also continues to implement programs of academic mobility and double degree. Student exchange in 2021 is carried out in a mixed form: at universities in countries where departure is closed, and at universities where training takes place online, students study remotely.

According to federal media, today the entry of foreigners into Russia is regulated by government decree No. 635-r. Students as a separate category are not mentioned there and enter on a par with everyone else.

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