ETU "LETI" Students Learned the Specifics of Study during the Fall Semester at a Webinar
The representatives of ETU "LETI" administration told about the organization of the education and paperwork, as well as answered questions of international students during the webinar.
On September 11, a webinar on the organization of the education in the fall semester of 2020/2021 academic year took place at St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI." The main attention was paid to international and first-year students.
Anastasia Minina, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, opened the webinar. She noted that today the borders remain closed and the administration of the university is waiting for information about permission to enter the country and access international students to face-to-face study. Anastasia said that the international services of ETU "LETI" have full information about the location of students who are abroad.
"At the moment it is premature to talk about the extension of distance learning for international students until the end of the semester. We hope that soon the borders will be open, and students will be able to enter the Russian Federation and continue full-time education."
Sergei Galunin, Director of the Department of Education, and Yulia Zubova, Head of the Education Organizational Department of Educational Program Office, answered the questions of students concerning the organization of education and paperwork in conditions when the borders are closed.
Students who cannot enter Russia will study remotely. Teachers should contact students through a system of private accounts and tell them how the study is planned in their subject. If a professor does not contact a student for a long time, Sergei advised contacting the deputy dean for academic affairs or the Department of Education email@example.com.
According to Sergey Galunin, it is planned that learning will be face-to-face and at the same time frame as in previous years. The university equips classrooms with cameras and microphones to stream or record classes to provide access for students learning remotely.
After opening the borders, students entering the country will have to take a COVID-19 test no earlier than 3 days before arrival or no later than 3 days after arrival and then a second coronavirus test on day 10-12. According to Russian government regulations, a two-week quarantine will be organized for international students, during which distance learning will continue. It is possible to live in dormitories during isolation where there are separate floors or boxes. It is possible to live outside of dormitories during quarantine, but with mandatory coronavirus tests.
If after opening the borders the student has no opportunity to come to St. Petersburg immediately for a good reason, he or she will not be subject to any sanctions from the university, and the dean's office will offer an individual solution to the problem.
At the request of the Russian government, the university has made wearing masks mandatory. Teachers during the lecture and students when answering questions can take them off. A positive result of the antibody test, which should be submitted to the dean's office, allows not to wear a mask at all.
Teachers over 65 have the right to conduct classes remotely, but only 38 employees took this opportunity. Students with chronic diseases can also study remotely by writing an application to the dean's office and attaching a medical certificate.
Renat Yalyshev, Head of the International Students Office, said that if a student crossed the border of Russia not for the purpose of study, there will be no prohibition to attend classes for him if he made a test and stayed in quarantine. A student should register at the place of residence and observe the terms of stay in Russia. Crossing the border through countries with which air travel is allowed is extremely undesirable since it will be difficult to register.
Maria Imaikina, Head of the Department of Educational and Social Work, said that if a student has symptoms of viral respiratory infection, it is necessary to contact the head of the dormitory, call a doctor, and not to visit the university.
Since in some countries there is no possibility to undergo medical examination before entering the university because of the coronavirus pandemic, students will be able to undergo it in St. Petersburg.