All EUSP students get Health, Safety and Emergency Guidelines at the first day of their study at the University. The guidelines have been developed to provide useful health and safety information relevant to living in St. Petersburg. If you have any concerns or questions about the guidelines, please contact us at the International Office.
The combination of a new environment and intense academic study can be a shock to your body. Follow these tips to take care of your mental and physical health.
General Health Tips
• Know your body’s signs of distress and pay attention to them
• Get some kind of regular physical exercise
• Be prepared for dampness and extreme cold – frostbite can happen quickly
• Know the name of prescriptions that you regularly take
• Locate your nearest pharmacy
• Stay hydrated – especially if drinking – drink lots of water
• Carry tissues and hand wipes – flu is rampant in the winter and spreads quickly on public transport
• Do not drink unfiltered water from the tap
• Avoid street foods from vendors unless you have a trustworthy recommendation
• If you have allergies, carry a card with you clearly stating in Russian what you are allergic to (EUSP International Office can help you make this card if you do not have one – it needs to be in Russian).
What To Do If You Get Sick
It is very common to get sick more often in an environment you are unfamiliar with. Don’t panic. If you need assistance at a pharmacy, ask someone in the International Office. If you feel that your health issue is serious and you need to see a doctor, please notify us. There are some international clinics with English-speaking medical staff. There are also Russian clinics that may be more affordable.
Some clinics also provide mental health counseling. Long dark winters in an unfamiliar environment along with stress from a heavy academic load can sometimes cause depression or depression-like symptoms. Please notify the International Office if you are experiencing this so that we can assist you in finding appropriate help.