Foreign students return to RANEPA
A year after schools transitioned to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign students are starting to return to Russia. Please follow the link below to read more about the procedure for foreign students’ entry on the Academy’s campus.
More than 3000 foreign nationals from almost 70 countries are currently enrolled with the Academy’s full-time programs of higher professional education, secondary vocational education and postgraduate studies. Just over 50 percent of them are in regional branches; the others are on the Moscow campus.
Until April 1, foreign students from 25 countries were allowed to travel to Russia, including Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Ossetia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
On April 1, six more countries were added to the list – Germany, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.
Since May 24, a number of other countries have been opened: Iceland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia.
“About 75% of our foreign students are already attending their classes on campus,” RANEPA Director for Development of International Cooperation and Education Larisa Taradina comments. “The Academy has worked out step-by-step instructions for foreign students on what to do before travelling to Russia and during the first days after they arrive. We email them to students, to their coordinators and supervisors. They are also available on our website. Specialists of the Department for International Development also provide individual consultations to anyone who has questions and promptly help them resolve all arising problems.”
It is obvious that after a year of online lectures and exams students find it difficult to return to a regular learning situation. On top of that, they are required to keep a distance from other people, wear facemasks and observe other COVID precautions. “We understand our foreign students’ predicament they face upon returning to the Academy after such a long break,” Larisa Taradina says. “We are ready to provide them with every kind of assistance. The faster we all go through this adaptation period, the better the students will feel and learn.”
As the pandemic situation improves and borders with other countries reopen, the number of foreign students at RANEPA is going to increase. By the end of May, about 50 more students are planning to return from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Turkey.
RANEPA is delighted to have its foreign students back.