Dear students and staff members! Here you will find all the relevant and up-to-date information regarding the measures St Petersburg University is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stay safe and healthy!


What is a coronavirus? 

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that mostly affect animals but in some cases they can be transmitted to human beings. Usually the illness caused by coronaviruses proceeds in a mild form without causing severe symptoms. However, severe forms of disease also occur as, for example, the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Rospotrebnadzor recommendations (in Russian)

St Petersburg University was among the first ones to take action following the news regarding the pandemic even before the first positive cases were tested in Russia: on the 29th of January five additional medical centres started working in SPbU student houses, where every student could seek medical assistance. More than 2100 people have already been tested in these centres.

Today, SPbU is taking every measure possible to prevent the spreading of the virus inside the university but at the same time to fulfill all of its obligations to the students, as well as, to help other universities continue providing high-quality education regarding the difficult situation the world is facing right now.

SPbU Volunteers are ready to help students

St Petersburg University Psychological Clinic


Key recommendations

Postpone international travel Wash your hands more often Consult a doctor if symptoms appear
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Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I arrived in St Petersburg from another country?

Can I attend SPbU events?

How long are the measures enforced for?

How can I get access to the free online-courses?

If you arrived from another country (after a vacation or business-trip), you should call 112 Service and provide your contact details, the date of your arrival and country of travel.

Starting with March, 14 2020 and until the withdrawal of Rospotrebnadzor recommendations regarding the prophylactics of the coronavirus infection, all of the events that were supposed to take place in SPbU are cancelled or rescheduled.

The measures are being taken in accordance with Rospotrebnadzor regulations and will be in action up to their cancellation.

You should fill in a form where you need to: specify your university and study programme, attach the photograph of your student card, and name the discipline for which you would like to claim credit with the online-course.



SPbU Health Centres


SPbU Online resources



Universitetsky pr., 35

Botanicheskaya st., 70, building 4, room 111

Vasilevsky island 

Korablestroiteley st., 20, student house №1, room 5

 7th line V.O., 16/18

5th line V.O., 66, student house №17

Working hours:                      9.00 – 15.00


Library >>

Access to licensed electronic resources and information services is open 24/7 to anyone holding an SPbU login and password (students, academic and administrative staff)

Online-courses >>

St Petersburg University online-courses fall under various fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural, Computer and Information Sciences, covering, for example, the issues of Physics, History, Linguistics, Applied Mathematics, Art History, Geology, Media Studies, Chemistry, Sociology and many others.



Documents and Regulations

Extended validity of Visas or Registrations at the place of stay


Instructions for lecturers on selecting and integrating e-learning resources



Entry of foreign students to the Russian Federation

Dear foreign students!

In accordance with the Russian Federation Government Order dated March 16, 2020 № 635-р «On the Temporary Restriction of the Entry into the Russian Federation of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons and the Temporary Suspension of the Issuance of Visas and Invitations», the entry into the Russian Federation of foreign citizens and stateless persons is temporary restricted from March 18, 2020 due to the threat of the further spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

On March 16, 2021, the Government of the Russian Federation signed the Order № 639-р, which defines a special procedure for the entry of foreign students into the territory of the Russian Federation for study purposes. According to this Order, citizens of foreign countries with a low level of COVID-19 spread, included by Rospotrebnadzor in the corresponding list and approved by the decision of the Operational Headquarters to prevent the import and spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation, can enter the territory of the Russian Federation for study purposes. The list of these countries is determined by Appendix № 1 to the Russian Federation Government Order dated March 16, 2020 No. 635-р (hereinafter referred to as the List) and is updated based on the decisions of the Operational Headquarters to prevent the import and spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation.

As of April 06, 2021, foreign students from are the citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter the Russian Federation for study purposes: Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Venezuela, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, South Korea, South Ossetia, Japan.

Entry to St. Petersburg is recommended for students enrolled in programs that are currently being taught in a blended or in-person format. The schedule can be found on the official SPbU website. Additional questions can be addressed to the Academic department in the field of studies.

Students from countries included in the List, whose educational program is currently being implemented in a blended or in-person format, must notify the University at least 10 days before arriving in Russia through the student’s Personal Account  (the application form «Entry to the Russian Federation» includes a copy of a foreign passport and a questionnaire). On the basis of these documents the student data will be transferred to the departmental segment of the Ministry of Digital Development of Russia of the State System of Migration and Registration. 


No earlier than 3 days before entering the Russian Federation the student must do a COVID-19 test using the PCR method and, if the result is negative, receive the corresponding document in Russian or English in his country.

Within 72 hours after entering the Russian Federation, foreign students must take another PCR test. Before receiving the test results, the students must follow self-isolation at the place of their residence. Foreign students are not allowed to take classes without the second negative result.

Within 3 days after arrival in the Russian Federation you must inform the employees of the Passport and Visa Department by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about your arrival in order to comply with the deadlines for migration registration at the place of stay.