“I’m happy that I chose Russia as my first place to study abroad”
Student at National Chengchi University, Department of Russian language and literature
Russian language course, Ural Federal University
I am an exchange student. I study Russian language at UrFU.
My curriculum includes 7 subjects. I’m pretty satisfied both with the courses and my teachers. I think they really love teaching, and are dedicated to it. The course is flexible and adaptable. The learning atmosphere in my group is great. The students are willing to learn more, the teachers are willing to offer more.
At first, I was terrified because I thought my Russian was not good enough. But the teachers are always very helpful to me. I’m happy that they keep each group small, in my group there are only 8-9 students. In that way we can all interact with the teacher during the class. I enjoy it very much!
Also, I attended events organized by “ISO UrFU” (International Student Organization of UrFU). They organized a trip for the foreign students to a cabin outside the city, where I visited “Russian Banya” for the first time in my life. It was well-organized and very interesting. So I’m really grateful that there are such clubs in the university, which help international students to interact with each other and to explore the city.
The first week I arrived Ekaterinburg I got in touch with the faculty who works in the International Students Office on 1st floor on Lenina, and they greeted me kind and warmly. Every international student has to deal with paper works, some are tricky and some are exhausting. And that was the first lesson I got in Russia: Keep calm and carry on! Communicate with the faculty, let them know what you need, be patient, and hope for the best.
I live in the dormitory number 6, where I made friends with a lot of international students. We help and care for each other, because we all know how hard it can be to live in a complete foreign country all by oneself. Although the dormitory still leaves a lot to be desired, all those parties with friends have enormously soothed my feelings of homesickness.
Russia is a unique country. I’m happy that I chose Russia as my first place to study abroad. It allows me to avoid seeing everything from the point of view of Europe or the USA.
The first week I was in Ekaterinburg, I was on the way to the university hospital to pass medical commission, and couldn’t find the way, so I got lost. I was miserable, and it was snowing, which only made the situation worse. A nice Russian gentleman at the bus stop noticed my confusion and explained me how to get there; he even accompanied me to the tram stop. He was like an angel, which suddenly appeared out of the snowfall. This is probably the most incredible, vivid, warm experience I had in Ekaterinburg!
A train ride from Ekaterinburg to Moscow was also memorable. On my winter holidays I travelled to Moscow and St. Petersburg. I celebrated the New Year in Moscow on the Red Square and meet a lot of new Russian friends!
Created / Updated: 24 December 2015 / 24 December 2015