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Helge Sverre Navik UlvoldenHelge Ulvolden,  Norway
Period of studies: 5.06.2017 – 28.07.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
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2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
The only problem was when I missed my train and had to order a new ticket in Russian. No one that I met there spoke English, but with my basic knowledge of Russian it eventually worked out fine

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Adapting to any new place is a great challenge for me, but I eventually got used to living here. It was a bit frightening in the beginning, whenever I did something wrong at the grocery store and they seemed really angry, but it became easier as I got used to it. It was also hard to make Russian friends, and I didn’t know where to go to find them.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
They could arrange a language exchange programme. I heard there were people here studying Norwegian, so it could be mutually beneficial for us.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I was really happy with the program, and I honestly couldn’t ask for any better teachers. In the beginning I felt we focused on the grammar too much, but there are many options like switching groups or taking individual classes, to find something that suits you better.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
I was not used to speaking Russian, even though I had the basic knowledge. It was very uncomfortable in the beginning, but with the patient teachers I had, I got a great opportunity to get used to it.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
The apartment I lived in was pretty good, except for the shower, which occasionally switched from really cold to really warm. Also, I’m not used to not being able to drink tap water, but it worked out fine.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
I didn’t take much time to explore the town, but it didn’t seem like much happened here.

The University:
The standard here was good except for the lack of toilet paper. We all found the restaurant on the other side of the street useful.

Your teachers:
As already mentioned, the teachers here were really great and helpful. Because of the small groups here you get a really close relationship to them.

The personnel of International Office:
Very nice and helpful people.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I’m really glad I took this course. Even for a person who doesn’t like new places or travelling, it was a rich experience, and I will definitely return to Russia sometime in the future.

Jana BercikovaJana Bercikova, Czech Republic
Period of studies: 3.07.2017 – 28.07.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
Информация о семье, в которой я буду проживать (адрес, сколько им лет, если у них дети и т.п.)
Информация о университете (где находится, в каком здании будут проходить уроки, о возможности экскурсиям…)

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
Только в аэропорту в Питере было очень трудно разменять большую банкноту.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Я не могла привыкнуть переменчивой погоде.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Официальная встреча с русскими студентами (молодежью)
Встреча с другими иностранными студентами летнего университета (У меня были только индивидуальные уроки, других студентов встречала только в коридоре и было очень трудно найти себе друзей)

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Я довольна.
Преподаватели очень услужливые.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
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7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
Я довольна. И всем, которые хотят приехать только на месяц советую проживать в семье.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
Идеальное для первого знакомства с Россией.

The University:
Было очень сложно добраться до Лингвистического центра и еще сложнее найти в здании университета туалет.

Your teachers:
Super!

The personnel of International Office:
Super!

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
It was fine!

Lizhi Long and Xiuping HanLizhi Long, USA
Period of studies: 3.07.2017 – 28.07.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
It is great that I get a lot information from the Facebook “Study Russian in Petrozavodsk”

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
None

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
I have no difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
-

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Yes, I like it.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
-

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I like it.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
Petrozavodsk is a beautiful city full with history.

The University:
Same as my university, it is very nice for studying

Your teachers:
They are very nice. They are very helpful for us to learn Russian and to understand Russian culture, Russian society.

The personnel of International Office:
Very helpful, kind when I need their help.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
It is perfect place to learning Russian. Reasons are:

1. Environment of speaking Russian, speaking Russian with Russian students, your host family ane etc.
2. Beautiful city. Summer walking along the lake is very enjoyable. Also walking on the streets, visiting museums, talking with residents are very interesting.

Jens Aksel TakleJens Aksel Takle, Norway
Period of studies: 3.07.2017 – 28.07.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
Not sending the information to mu host, but rather to me, that’s how I found out when my first lesson was.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
None

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
It was strange to live with just one host first, too strange, because this host always had to show off his masculinity in such an intimidating fashion. But thankfully the university was very good in finding a more suitable family quick.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Ask the student if they rather live with one host or a host family beforehand.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I liked the course, although I would probably like to have planned my learning schedule a little better. Maybe one individual planning lesson in the beginning for the entire program before starting.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
The first week it was being put together in a group with one person who was far behind the other two in the group in sense of Russian language knowledge. Thankfully this error was fixed the following week.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I liked my living condition at my host family’s place. They always gave me too much food, while the first host did a poor job.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
It’s neat little town with the most necessary of shops, museums, entertainment and facilities. A big town by Norwegian standards.
The University:
A little cold in its interior and also appears to be a place where it seems not fun to actually doing home work, especially since there’s no canteen there.

Your teachers:
I liked all the teachers that were appointed to me. But I’m not pleased with the constant schedule changings. Maybe it’s best if you don’t accept students that don’t start at dates that were set at the website.

The personnel of International Office:
They were helpful and were always able to make quick arrangements, like with finding a new host to me the same day I asked. And they gave me great answers to me at mail.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I liked it a lot, I’ve learned a lot about the Russian/Karelian culture, through the family I was staying with and the city’s culture life.

Huang WenHuang Wen, China
Period of studies: 31.08.2016 – 19.07.2017


1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About university/town/accommodation/lessons/events)

Before arriving I knew that Onega lake in Petrozavodsk is the second largest in Europe. And I knew that Petrozavodsk University’s computer science, architecture and language is very powerful. So I came to Petrozavodsk University to study, I feel very happy.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?

I am all nice in Russia. I love Russia very much. When I first came, I thought it was hard to speak Russian and I didn’t know how to talk to others. But now better than before. The people here are friendly, everyone face with a smile.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?

I didn’t have difficulty in Petrozavodsk, the city was very good. At the beginning I often took the wrong bus and a lot of people helped me find the dormitory. When I met some problems in my life, many people gave me advise. So I like here.

4. How may the university help future sturents with similar problems? Please write your wishes.

I think the most important thing is to learn Russian and communicate with others. Students can take part in some activities to exercise themselves. They can read the news abuot Russian culture. And in spare time they can listen Russian songs, see Russian movies.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?

I like. I like to work alone, so I can learn a lot of things. I’m glad that I have this good opportunity because in China there are many students to learn together at the university. And I like my teacher, she is serious and responsible. She is always patient to answer my questions.

6. What did you find the most challenging about your studying?


The biggest challenge in my study is grammar. It’s a lot and hard. I always make mistakes when doing exercises. So I need to do more exercises to overcome them. The second challenge is pronunciation. For the hinese people, Russian pronunciation is very difficult. So I listened many recordings to practice speaking.

7. Do you like the conditions of your living here? What would you like to change. Which advice would you give to the future students?

Yes, I like. The winter is cold here but the room is warm. My neighbours are very good and we often cook together. Just I hope the summer can also have hot water. In the future I hope that the students can make many friends in the dormitory.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
The town is quiet and comfortable, the lake is really beautiful. There are many trees here, the air is good. And I have a suggestion that road need to be repaired.

The University:
I like the university library. Sometimes I go there to do my homework, everyone is quiet.

Your teachers:
My teacher is a kind, humorous woman. She taught me a lot of knowledge. Not just in terms or learning. In life, she taught me to be positive. I love her, she is a good teacher.

The personnel of International Office:
They are very enthusiastic and responsible, and they always help me in time when I need help. I’m grateful to them.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk (in general)
That’s fine. My university and my teacher is good. I believe that after a long time my Russian will speak well. In normal time I can take a walk near the lake. And the price in Petrozavodsk is not high.
 

Vitaliy KelkaVitaliy Kelka, Finland
Period od studies: 5.06.2017 – 30.06.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
It would be useful to have information about other available courses

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
-

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
-

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Mini-info before first lesson would be good

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
My program was mostly good. Some sort of menu option of different aspects of Russian language would be nice.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
I must admit it was a Russian grammar and lack of book on current subject which would explain grammar clearly.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
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8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Typical medium sized town which luckily has all basic things you need. Naberezhnaya street is beautiful

The University:
Has most things needed for students, but lacks fundamental things such as soop tissues and toilet paper in WC’s. Also halls are lacking working light bulbs.

Your teachers:
Competent and know their job, open minded and ready to discuss all sort of issues.

The personnel of International Office:
Meeting them was a positive experience.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I had all things available to study Russian and possibilities to spend my free time.

Svjetlana MaricSvjetlana Maric, Switzerland
Period od studies: 22.05.2017 – 30.06.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
It would have been great to know about the teaching programs with three different teachers. And it would have also been useful to get some information about the university and the students who are learning Russian.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
I didn’t have any. It was just a long trip from Switzerland to Petrozavodsk due to transportation change (train – airplane – train) 

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
I didn’t have any difficulties adapting in Petrozavodsk. I felt from the first second safe and welcoming. It was just difficult to meet native Russian speaker to practice speaking with and to learn more about the culture. I met some friends on different excursions at the weekend, but unfortunately no students.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
The university could organize a “welcome day” where international students can meet Russian students. Or even better, the university could provide a “Buddy” for international students during their stay in Petrozavodsk. The Russian student “Buddy” would support the learning process and would help if the international student has difficulties.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I really enjoyed my one-on-one lessons with my three professional teachers.
It was a pity I didn’t know what level I’m working for and what was the goal for this –week Russian courses.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
To find time for studying Russian. Petrozavodsk is a small but very interesting city and every day you can do and see something new.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I do like it. I was living next to the university in a flat I found by myself on “Airbnb”. I would recommend everybody to search an own flat.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Petrozavodsk is a small but full with history. Due to its location, next to the lake, you can navigate yourself easily. I highly recommend to visit some museum, theatre and places which are close to Petrozavodsk (Valaam, Solovky, Kizhi etc.)

The University:
The university is like mostly of the universities, although there are just a few toilets with toilet paper. But the location of the university is perfect, everything is near by.

Your teachers:
I learnt a lot from my three private teachers. It was always fun and easy to talk with them in Russian. Very kind and helpful people, who became somehow my friends. They all had different styles of teaching, what made my lessons more interesting.

The personnel of International Office:
Very helpful, kind and always there if you need something from them.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I enjoyed my stay in this beautiful city and would recommend it to everyone who wants to learn/improve Russian and in the same time to discover other beautiful places in the Republic of Karelia.
I think Petrozavodsk is the perfect place to learn Russian if you enjoy the nature and its activities.

Imogen MartinImogen Martin, Australia
Period od studies: 14.03.2017 – 26.05.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
It would have been useful to know that host accommodation is not with a family but with one person. It would have also been useful to know when my lessons would begin before I arrived. It would have been useful to know about the holidays that would full time I was studying (e.g. May holidays)

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
I had no difficulties travelling to Russia (Petrozavodsk). My host met ne at the train station even though it was 11 p.m. at night, so all worked well.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
It was very difficult to meet native Russian speakers. There were no clubs or language exchange groups offered to me, in order to meet Russian students at the university. I eventually made one Russian friend on my own using a language exchange site. Without friends Petrozavodsk can be a very lonely town, and I came here to practice Russian so I was looking for fluent Russian speakers to befriend.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
The university needs to provide assistance/ways for foreign students studying Russian to meet with Russian students at the university.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I liked the program (Russian course) that I tool and enjoyed both one-on-one lessons and lessons in a group of two. When I got new teachers however they often did not know what content I had already covered and so they sometimes repeated the same content. It would be better if the previous teachers discussed the content already covered with the following teacher.
It would also be good to be informed of what level I’m studying at and what level I’m working towards early on in my studies (I had to ask and my teachers told me but weren’t sure).

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Everything is challenging, but with time and practice (and with the opportunity to practice Russian outside of class) gradually it becomes easier and more intuitive. Aspect I still find very challenging and of course cases are always difficult to put into practice when speaking Russian in conversation.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
Living with a host was good but because of our age difference and the amount of work she had to do, some weeks I did not see her often. I found it very hard to make friends – maybe it would have been easier to make friends my age living in a dormitory (I’m not sure). Living with a host was helpful because she could suggest and call art classes for me and helped me find a place to stay for my visit to Moscow.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
The town is small and I got to know it pretty quickly. Once you know a walking or bus route (my host helped me by giving me a map!) the city is easy to navigate. I liked going to the ballet and I went to the movies a few times, but otherwise it was hard to find things to do around the town. The weather here is also difficult to live in.

The University:
The university seemed standard, although there are very few open toilets and no toilet paper, which I found surprising. The food in the cafeteria was okay, but lacked vegetables and was very salty!

Your teachers:
My teachers all had different styles of teaching but I learnt a lot from them. They are all kind people, and easy to make friend with. They were also helpful in letting me know about events and opportunities in the city.

The personnel of International Office:
The personnel helped me when administrative activities needed to ne done, bit otherwise they did not interact with me very much.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
In three months my Russian language skills, in my opinion, improved immensely, as well as my confidence speaking in Russian. For that I’m glad I came to study here. Although I didn’t meet many Russians while here, the few I did meet were generally very open and warm and people are open to help you if you ask. The town however is not easy to live in because of the weather, lack of sunshine, poor food quality and dirty roads. In this way it can be a bit depressing staying here. In all honestly, it was a useful learning experience staying in Petrozavodsk, but I probably won’t return.

Isabella WoodsIsabella Woods, Great Britain
Period of studies: 06.03.2017 – 28.04.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
It would have been great to have known a little more about my host family

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
I didn’t really have any

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Main difficulty is meeting Russian people to practice speaking with

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
They could organize for international students to meet the Russian students

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Yes, I enjoyed it

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Just studying the Russian language in general

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I do like it here. It would be great if the university could arrange connection between Russian and international students as it could be mutually beneficial for language learning.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
The town is nice, it’s easy to get around as it’s quite small and so you can settle is fairly easily

The University:
It was fine, apart from international office wasn’t really involved in it.

Your teachers:

They were all really lovely and kind – they explained things clearly and it felt easy to talk in Russian with them

The personnel of International Office:
Friendly and good English, but could keep us a little more up-to-date on what’s going on

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
Yes I really enjoyed studying in Petrozavodsk and would recommend it to someone else.

Teahoe JeongTaehoe Jeong, Republic of Korea
Period of studies: 29.08.2016 – 28.04.2017

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
Я хотел бы знать сколько стоит учебный курс и сколько корейцев живет в Петрозаводске. И еще хотел узнать как можно доехать до Петрозаводска из Москвы.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
Мне было трудно что-то спрашивать у русских, потому что я плохо говорил по-русски.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Мне было трудно жить в Петрозаводске из-за климата и погоды.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Никак

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Мне понравился курс русского языка в этом университете. И вам ничего не надо менять.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Мне понравилось общаться с преподавателями на русском языке на этих курсах. И я думаю что мне повезло потому что я мог жить с русскими студентами в одном общежитии.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
Всё хорошо но во всех туалетах нет туалетной бумаги и нет стульчаков. И в библиотеке мне было холодно и темно когда я занимался там. Поэтому мне кажется вам нужно решать такие проблемы. И всем корейским студентам нужно привезти свои народные продукты, если вы хотите кушать корейские блюда.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
Этот город красивый и тихий. Но иногда мне было скучно.

The University:
Мне понравилось учиться в этом университете с хорошими преподавателями. Но в туалете нет туалетной бумаги. Это мне было очень не удобно.

Your teachers:
Они были хорошими и добрыми. Я очень люблю их. Благодаря всем моим преподавателям, я мог жить в этом городе счастливо.

The personnel of International Office:
Спасибо вам огромное.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
Я думаю что мне очень повезло потому что я мог жить в таком красивом городе с хорошими и умными преподавателями. Только у меня было трудность из-за климата и погоды в Петрозаводске. Особенно русские студенты с которыми я познакомился в Петрозаводске. Они хорошие и добрые. Я буду скучать по этому городу. Спасибо вам большое.

Gabor SomogyiGabor Somogyi, Hungary
Period of studies: 01.11.2016 – 23.12.2016


1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
This is my fourth time in Petrozavodsk, so I can say, I know all the necessary and useful things.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
As I am a citizen of Hungary, I need visa to come to Russia, but the University of Petrozavodsk (the Language Centre) always sends me invitation letter in time. And with this letter, I always get my visa in time.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Nothing. Kind and helpful people, well organized communal transport.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Yes, I did. Very professional.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
To write with Russian letters, and Russian grammar. Totally different than Hungarian grammar. And the whole language is totally different.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
Everything is perfect. Need to read on internet about the city.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
The whole town is well organized, the people are helpful and the promenade along the lake is awesome, especially in summer.

The University:
Nice place, very kind, helpful staff.

Your teachers:
They know their job 100%, and besides this, they are very nice people.

The personnel of International Office:
Very kind and helpful staff, and also know their job.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I’m looking forward to come back!
I can say to everybody: if you are planning to learn or if you are already learning Russian language, this is the perfect place for you to start or to continue your studies. Russia is not only Moscow and St. Petersburg!
 

Annika WederhakeAnnika Wederhake, Germany
Period of studies: 2.11.16 – 15.12.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
Everything was fine

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
I searched for a bus from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk and was not sure where to look because most of the websites were in Russian. But Natalia was very helpful.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Because I was the only student starting from the beginning at this time. I did not meet other foreign students and I did not make friends naturally. 

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Maybe you could post a link of bus companies that take you from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk. And maybe you can organize a class once a week which foreign students teach something they know beyond the rigid course structure.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I really liked the program. I started from zero and it was really nice to understand more and more. Especially since I did not understand a word when I got here.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
For me, it was sometimes hard to keep my spirits up because of the lack of light during wintertime.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I had a really nice host who took me on trips and introduced to her friends on the weekend. During the week I did not see her a lot because she worked late, but it was really important to have someone who helped me with everything. I highly recommend staying with a host family.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
It’s small and quiet, especially during winter. But if you want to focus on learning Russian that is actually not a bad thing.

Your teachers:
They were really brilliant and it has been a wonderful combination of structured grammar and general talking. Viktoria and Robert were really fun to talk to. I learned a lot. And I laughed a lot.

The personnel of International Office:
Really nice and helpful regarding all my questions and problems.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I loved it. Although I’m happy to see my friends again, I’m really sad to have to leave now. I learned to love the Russian language and will continue to learn it in Germany. And maybe come back to Petrozavodsk one day – probably during the summer =)

Bea Hyde-OwensBea Hyde-Owens, Scotland
Terms of study: 1.09.16 – 1.12.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
It would be good to know about extra optional courses in advance

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
Meeting new people

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
See # 2

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Societies & Extra courses with other (Russian or foreign) students

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Yes I really liked it, it was excellent

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Slightly above my level in one of the textbooks – sometimes very challenging, but I also think my Russian has improved dramatically as a result of that.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I would advise students to rent a room with a host family or with locals. I like my living conditions.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Nice and Russian, but too small for me and not enough diverse activities.

The University:
Great teachers, but some basic facilities like toilet paper, soap, hand dryers missing? Staff very helpful and efficient, course flexible and adapted very well to individual student needs.

Your teachers:
Fantastic. I got a really good balance of grammar, which Victoria explained patiently and very effectively, and conversation with Robert which really helped me to use my knowledge in real life. Also both are fun & interesting to talk too!

The personnel of International Office:
Very efficient and helpful, even going out of their way to provide excellent service in all matters related to University study, and also to help out with personal issues.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I like Petrozavodsk a lot as a town. It is a nice, genuine place with some really beautiful elements and very interesting Karelian culture. Unfortunately I found it very hard to meet people in such a small town with generally quite reserved citizens, which was difficult for me as a very social, outgoing person. I think in general PTZ is a little too conservative for people like me, but would be a great place to live for someone more homely and reserved.

Denise CaylaDenise Cayla, France
Terms of study: 30.06.16 – 19.09.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I had all information before I arrived (website + mails)

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
None

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
No

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I very much liked the Russian courses. They were quite different according to the personality of each teacher. But each one brings something specifical. I just regret that there is no language laboratory to train the pronunciation and the fluency.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
The most challenging was to get the ability to understand and to talk. I learned a lot. I particularly appreciated the lessons about сказки and стихи. Сказки: it was difficult, but a real challenge to work together with the person pf the group. We could have done it also we Russian songs.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I felt very good at Natalia Mugruzina’s home. Я чувствовала себя у нее как дома. But it’s not easy to meet Russian people. I suppose, one needs to stay longer here. That’s why it is important to live in a family.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
I like to live in Petrozavodsk – I particularly appreciate the lake and to take a walk there!

The University:
The University is ok! The library is a good place to work.

Your teachers:
The teachers are very competent and very friendly. It is a pleasure to work with them. They open a wide space of knowledge and feelings about Russians and Russia.

The personnel of International Office:
The personal of the International Office is very friendly and helpful in any situation.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I’m glad that I spent these 3 months here and I will come back to continue learning Russian.

MarekMarek Pavlovic, Slovakia
Terms of study: 4.07.16 – 1.09.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I had all information that I needed. In case I did not know something I could write an e-mail and ask. Everybody is very kind here.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
I did not have any difficulties.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
I adopted really quickly.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
In my hoe university we got student organization which helps foreign students to adopt. Here is alsways one student from SVK who is responsible for foreigners. Such commitment would be interesting for Russians and helpful for foreign students after arrival.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
This is my second time in Russia, to be precise in Petrozavodsk. I liked it here last year and that’s why I decided to return. I think that I will come next year as well.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
As every international student -> Russian language.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I stayed in a dormitory and I was satisfied. It is a big building where is everything that one needs. Just one advice, if you’re gonna stay for longer period of time, do not hesitate to buy your own fridge. You may sell it after your stay.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Town is not that big, it is easy to navigate here. I love to walk on the lakeside, it is beautiful here.

Your teachers:
My teachers were always patient, qualified and prepared for every lesson.

The personnel of International Office:
Very helpful and friendly. They were giving me advice about everything, not only things related to my study.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I was satisfied as I expected. Planning to come back soon.

Сhristine GentilhommeСhristine Gentilhomme, France
Terms of study: 06.06.16 – 19.08.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I had all I needed before arriving, except it would have been nice to have more information about the travel itself (please see #2).

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
The most difficult part is to figure out the timing for the letter of invitation/visa (I did not know
the letter of invitation would take so long), and also how to get to Petrozavodsk. I was told, or
read, that there was no plane to Petrozavodsk but in fact there's one from/to Moscow. I suggest that for the first-time traveller to Russia and to Petrozavodsk, there would be a little sheet describing how to get there, with the best travel site where to get tickets, what bus to take from St-Petersburg airport, how to pay, the metro, etc. and to which train station to go, whether there is food at the airport and at the train station, and how to deal with taxis (hire in advance!). Also where to get a SIM card and how to ask for it. I was lucky that my hostess took me there and did the deal for me, otherwise I would have been fairly lost.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
I did not have any difficulties or problem adapting to Petrozavodsk. I would have liked to know
how to use public transportation though (what to pay, when, to whom).

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
An info sheet would be nice, with the infos mentioned above.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I loved it! It was intense and I know I have learned a lot. Now it would be nice if there was a
language laboratory where we would be able to practice and talk more. It would be nice also to have a few minutes in the class where we go through the modern vocabulary that is needed for everyday life. For example, I had purchased a SIM card here, but I didn't understand the messages that were sent to me by the phone company. Also I wish we would have done more grammar exercises in class, like repeating bits of sentences for example, so to get the endings of the words “in our ear” so to speak. To this day, certain combinations of adjective and noun endings sound a bit strange.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
The most challenging thing was the amount of vocabulary to learn. I think it's great we went
through a lot of words --- a lot of questions about this or that occurred during class and it was
very helpful. I have noted down everything and I plan to absorb all this at my own pace. It is
practically impossible to remember everything from one class to the other, though.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I liked my conditions of living. My hostess was super nice and well chosen. I couldn't have
asked for more. Now because it was summer when I was there, a lot of activities like the
theater, concerts etc. are taking a break, which is too bad. Also in terms of student activities, I
would have liked more interaction with the other students, like perhaps a movie night, or a “get
together” night somewhere, or a meeting where students can share what they want to do
(excursions, activities, …) and see if there are people who would like to join, or ?... I enjoyed
the gatherings we had when new students came and when we had the acting with the tales.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
I really like Petrozavodsk, it's a quiet town and not too big or not too small. The lake is beautiful and it feels great to have so much space for walking, etc. I love the training equipments in the parks, esp. the one next to the lake, of course!

The University:
It was summer, so I don't think I got the full experience of what it is like to be a student there. It was fine for me though.

Your teachers:
My favorite was Victoria. She's great for people like me who are kind of beginners (A2). She explains grammar very well, doesn't go too fast and knows how to adapt the course to our level.

The personnel of International Office:
Very nice and helpful people. Aleksei found me a violin and a violin teacher, and also helped me prepare my trip to Moscow.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I loved it. No, I'm not able to understand the news yet, but did I make progress? Yes, a lot! A big thank you to all who made this stay pleasant and fruitful. I'll be back!

EwanEwan Lawson, UK
Terms of study: 27.06.16 – 19.08.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
- Transport timetable / maps
- Weather forecast
- Café/restaurant/bar guide

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
No difficulties

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
No real difficulties – was just a case of being told & trying to meet people to speak Russian. The people I met -
Russian & other students – helped to make it easy to settle in the city.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Maybe make a small handbook/ guide to Petrozavodsk. Bus/tram timetable, best cafes/restaurants etc. Would maybe also be nice to organize some evening/afternoon activities.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I have really enjoyed the Russian programme. I fell I have improved & become more intelligent in Russian thanks to my too moths here.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
I feel that learning a new language is as challenging as you wish to make it. If you take time to sit down for grammar over lessons, try to read books and stories, speak with as many Russians as much Russian as possible, it becomes a lot easier. My challenge is always just trying to remember vocabulary.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I think that I have been very lucky with my hostess Nina. She is the most warm-hearted, generous and funny woman with an incredible central apartment. I would highly recommend living with a host family – speak, eat & live Russian.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
I was very pleasantly surprised with Petrozavodsk. The town is small and manageable. I has a charm about it. There are numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. Of course, after a couple of months you have seen and done most things here.

The University:
PetrSU is everything that one needs from a university. It has specious clean classrooms, a cheap dining room, a library open for a foreign student & a coffee machine to wake you up before 9 a.m. classes.

Your teachers:
I have had 4 different teachers all with very different but very complimenting styles. I would say that Victoria and Ekaterina manage to blend traditional grammar learning with an element of originality through songs, fairy tales & Russian cultural things.

The personnel of International Office:
Very helpful from when I booked the trip – always replying quickly to emails – to when I leave this weekend.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I have had a wonderful 2 months I would happily return if I find another couple of months to spare!
 

Tessa MuhonenTessa Muhonen, Finland
Terms of study: 25.07.16 – 19.08.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
It would’ve been nice to know a bit more about the host family, as well as the class hours.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
None

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
No, the host family immediately explained to me how to use public transport, where the shops are etc.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
There could be a bit more assignments, or for instance vocabulary lists to learn, to really make most of our time here learning Russian ( e.g. a list of vocabulary to learn before starting a new topic in class)

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
It was hard to do any independent study since the topics covered in class weren’t known to us beforehand and there weren’t many extra resources available.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I would have preferred being able to live somewhere closer to the university. Other than that everything is nice and there is not much you need to worry about beforehand.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Small and cozy, the people are very friendly and helpful, but there doesn’t seem to be great deal to do in your free time.

The University:
A bit difficult to navigate at first (finding your way to the classroom etc.) , otherwise quite nice and centrally located.

Your teachers:
I’m very happy with the teachers, when it comes to both the teaching and them as people.

The personnel of International Office:
Extremely friendly and helpful. Easily available and willing to help with anything.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
It’s been a nice and pleasant few weeks, and I’m quite happy with my progress in Russian.

Natasha HouseNatasha House, USA
Terms of study: 27.06.16 – 19.08.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I had all the information necessary. Everyone was very helpful in answering all my questions!

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
Only difficulty was with the Russian Embassy in NYC.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Not to Petrozavodsk. But to living with a family. They’re great, it just took some adjusting. I’m used to living alone. I’m glad I lived with a Russian family though.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Yes, very much! I liked it when we read Russian сказки and poetry. The dialogs were interesting too. Lot of grammar all at once, but it was good for me.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
A lot of new words at once. Grammar.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I like my living conditions here. I think its better to live with a family than a dormitory. A lot of opportunity to speak with a native Russian.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Great town. Its small but still a lot to do. I especially like walking around the lake. I like how in general people don’t speak English here. I’m forced to only speak Russian.

The University:
The university is great as well. It was confusing at first figuring out the university. I got lost a few times in the beginning.

Your teachers:
All my teachers were wonderful

The personnel of International Office:
Everyone was very helpful in answering all my questions. When planning my trip here Natalia answered all my questions thoroughly and promptly. And I had a lot of questions!

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I had a great experience! I’ll come back next year.

Mervi HuhtilainenMervi Huhtilainen, Finland (Germany)
Terms of study: 27.07.16 – 22.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I had pretty much all the information I needed. I was really happy how quickly my emails were answered.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
No difficulties at all.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
No, not at all. Of course my Russian wasn’t that good and sometimes I had embarrassing moments but that’s the name of the game in a foreign country. I had a lot of tips given by Alexander, especially 2GIS-application was very helpful.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I liked it, even though I think I had some difficulties seeing “the big picture”. It would have been useful to know beforehand what themes and subjects there would be. Then I myself, too, could have checked if I had learned the themes. But all in all, the program was effective and I even could have conversations after a couple of weeks.
Perhaps one or two extra free days would be helpful between the second and third weeks. I found myself veru tired during the third week due to the huge amount of information.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
In my group there were two people. We were really at the different levels. I was a beginner and the other one advanced. The teacher and themes were really challenging to me. I guess it was a challenge to the teachers, too. Fortunately, the situation changed and I got teaching at my own level.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I lived in a family, which was very good for my language and I got well along with the “land lady”. In July there was no warm water and it might be hard if there were no information beforehand. I read it from the former students’ feedback, so I knew what to expect.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
The town is nice and lively, the public transport system is good and I felt myself very safe all the time. If it rains a lot, it moght be good idea to have water-proof shoes because the streets are covered with water.

The University:
The university was cozy and kind of labyrinth-like! The canteen was cheap and food delicious.

Your teachers:
My teachers were very nice and friendly. Having two really different students at the same group must have been a challenge, but they did it!

The personnel of International Office:
Very friendly and helpful in every situation. Thanks for everything!

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I got some new perspectives and found the city small enough. As earlier during my one month intensive language courses I noticed that the third week is the hardest one. I’m happy to go home but I probably come back to learn some more Russian some day!

Federico Cincinelli Federico Cincinelli, Italy
Terms of study: 27.06.16 – 22.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I don’t think there is a particular need of information before arriving here. I asked some questions to the international office by email before arriving and they replied me back immediately.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
I didn’t have any kind of difficulty. The train from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk was really comfortable and also quite economic.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Petrozavodsk is a really nice city and the people here are really welcoming, so that I dind;t have any difficulties with adaptation here. I wish I could have a bike here in order to go faster from one place to another; bus and trolley system works really well here.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
I wish it could be easier to rent a bike, because I think it would be the best way for moving from one place to another in a city like Petrozavodsk.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I think that the Russian courses were really well organized and that the classes were really intense. I was in a class made by 3 students and I had the feeling that I worked harder here than at the Russian class at my University.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Every day we’ve been faced with new words and at the beginning it was quite difficult to keep up with the huge amount of new information. Unfortunately now that I’m starting to get familiar with the new vocabulary, I have to leave.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I stayed at the dormitory and considering the price, I can’t complain about anything. I think it is the best place if you want to know Russian students.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Petrozavodsk is a nice city for studying in my opinion, and the area of the Embankment on Lake Onega is particularly beautiful.

The University:
PetrSU ia a modern university and is comparable to western European universities. The structures are modern and of good quality.

Your teachers:
Ekaterina and Anastasia are both really professional and they really good in their job. I improved a lot my level of proficiency with them.

The personnel of International Office:
Alexey and Natasha were really helpful in every respect. They speak really good English and they were also really friendly.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
Petrozavodsk is the perfect place where to study Russian. I had one of the most positive experience in my life and I advise anyone who is interested in Russian language and culture to come here. You definitely won’t regret it!

Kristof BerckvensKristof Berckvens, Belgium
Terms of study: 27.06.16 – 22.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
Basically, all of the information I found on the site. A bit more information about the dorm should have been provided, as it turned out to be a bit disappointing compared with other dormitories where I have lived.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
Nope. I came all the way with my car. I found the roads to be quite ok, so I didn’t lose any parts on my way. The only negative point was the waiting time and bureaucracy at the border.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
I didn’t really enjoy the living conditions in the dorm, so I changed my mind the second day. The university personnel were really quick and helpful to find me a host family to stay with. I had no problem whatsoever adapting in Petrozavodsk.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Ekaterina has a really interesting way to teach with fairy tales and songs. But I also liked the more usual approach of Anastasia. Both are very good teachers. Nothing needs changing, I learned a lot.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
The actual studying. Every weekend we went to faraway places with my car, and went for a drink or a meal rather often during week days. Days don’t last long enough to study well, although the "white nignts" suggest otherwise.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I really like the host the university send me to. The place is like a castle in comparison with the dorm. My host is very generous with food, I think I gained a lot during my stay =) She liked to talk a lot and she is very friendly. I liked the trips to her dacha.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
It’s probably not the most exciting place in the universe, but there are enogh places to go to in the evening. Everything is ready and most people are friendly. Prices of things are very reasonable everywhere. I only got ripped off once while buying шиповник.

University:
Maybe it’s a time for them to finally enter the 21st century. I saw long lines of students everywhere waiting to get some stamps or waiting to fill in some documents or something. Not really efficient. The canteen was closed during the summer.

The personnel of International Office:
Natalia was very helpful from the beginning. The first day we got a tour around the university by Alexey. It was really funny, especially the explanation on the coffee machine and which cigarettes to buy.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I wish I could stay longer!

Jean-Marc DusseauJean-Marc Dusseau, France
Terms of study: 06.06.16 – 01.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
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2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
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3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Принимающая семья оказала большую помощь в адаптации. Я не сталкивался с проблемами.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Мне очень понравилось содержание курса

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Уровень знаний у моих однокурсников был выше моего, и иногда я не понимал разговоры и разъяснения.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
Очень хорошие условия.

8. Please write your opinion about:

The town:
Очень приятный город, в котором вы себя хорошо чувствуете. Мне очень нравилось гулять по паркам и берегу озера. Здесь можно найти вс, что нужно: магазины, рестораны, кинотеатры.

The University:
Приятный, удобный, тихий

Your teachers:
Дружелюбные, квалифицированные, внимательные

The personnel of International Office:
Дружелюбные, энергичные

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
Мне очень понравилось мое пребывание и я хочу вернуться!

Vinicius Bocchi FlorioVinicius Bocchi Florio, Brasil
Terms of study: 6.06.16 – 01.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I would like to have received more information from the family, and more in advance: e.g. two weeks before arrival, know the address, telephone number etc. And also how many members of the family, genders and ages – so, I could buy a small gift from my hometown for them.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
For foreigners, coming to Petrozavodsk, can be difficult because much of the information is only available in Russian (e.g. air tickets from Moscow cannot be found in kayak.com, etc., as well as some train times from St. Petersburg)

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
No, the adaptation was easy, and In received all the necessary support

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
The university could make a prof. guide, step-by-step, on how to buy tickets from websites in Russian. After the arrival, it would be nice to have a support person to help the students outside the university (e.g. purchase cell phone sim card)

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I really enjoyed the program. If I had to change anything, it would be a more difficult test, and I would also include a final exam.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
As it was my first time in Russia, I had some trouble in the first week, until I was able to understand the lessons that were 100% in Russian. I don’t think it should be changed. Please keep the lessons always in Russian.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I really enjoyed my conditions of living. I would advise future students to stay with a family, so they can enjoy the full cultural experience (talks, food, etc)

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Beautiful and simple, yet it offers many attractions to the visitors. I have never become bored here in this month, as I was always doing something.

The University:
The university was a good structure, as good as any other good European/American university. It would be interesting to have the possibility to watch classes of regular courses (mathematics, etc). This could attract prospective students.

Your teachers:
The teachers were very helpful and patient. It was nice that they were very young and friendly, and this way the course pace was kept informal and light.

The personnel of International Office:
Always helpful and very friendly. I got all the support I needed. People were very quick and efficient.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I’m completely satisfied with my stay here. I’m definitely considering come back on the next opportunity.

Anna IvanoffAnna Ivanoff, Brazil
Terms of study: 06.06.16 - 01.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
Information about some restrictions. For example, about the hot water or the lack of water at the dorm for a while.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
none

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Just with the water, I’m used to take a shower (at least one) every day. It is cultural from my country. No taking shower is very difficult for me, especially because my organism is already used to it.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
Give information about water system and ask them about their culture before sending them to the houses (is very helpful). For example, when I come back I will ask to stay in a house with no lack of water and with a boiler.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I liked it very much and I’m recommending to my friends. I would just like to be introduced to more Russian students to practice more.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Studying the language is already the challenge. In general, I think that the aspect of the verbs is difficult.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
Yes, I liked it. I should have wanted to solve only the water issue. I should advice about this water problem and tell them to speak more with Russians.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Very beautiful and easy to find things. No so big and not so small. Also very cheap!

The University:
Good structure, good restaurant. No complaints about it. 

Your teachers:
Very kind, intelligent, friendly, patient. No complaints. Just good things to say about them.

The personnel of International Office:
The same as the teachers. And they really want to help you, even before you arrive. A big thank you for everything to the staff and the teachers!

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
One of the best experiences in my life! I’m planning to come back next year!

Emilia VainistoEmilia Vainisto, Finland
Terms of study: 06.06.16 - 01.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I didn’t know that the heating system doesn’t work in summer and because of the cold and bad weather during the first two weeks my apartment was very cold. If I had known that beforehand I would have taken more warm clothes with me. Otherwise I got good beforehand.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
I didn’t have any problems

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
During the first week I was quite lonely because I didn’t know my classmates yet. Sometimes it was difficult to find way from one place to another, but it got better, when I started to know the town.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
In the beginning of the month we could have some kind event for new students. So that it would be easier to get to know each other.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I liked them a lot. It was nice that we were only two students in my group. But to say that I mostly knew beforehand the things that we had. So, the grammar and vocabulary should maybe be a bit more challenging in the intermediate level. It was very good that we talked so much in Russian and had to answer to many different questions. I really think I’m improved my skills now, especially at speech. I’m satisfied with it that our lessons started at 13.00 and ended at 16.30. The lunch break from 14.30 to 15.00 was too short for eating, and the distances in the university are long. 45 minutes or an hour would have been better, so that you don’t have to hurry.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
Speaking is always the most challenging part, but it became easier with the time. Verbs, aspects and new vocabulary are also challenging sometimes, but I like those challenges. We had much information in a really short time and we couldn’t repeat everything. So it’s hard to remember everything. In any case, it was good thatwe got much information about grammar and vocabulary and that we had many different themes.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I like my apartment really much; it’s just perfect for me, apart from the coldness during the first two weeks. It’s near the university and bus connections are good, too. I don’t know if the other options of accommodation are good, but at least I can recommend this to everyone.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
The town is not too big for me and I felt safe when I walked on the streets. Especially I liked the lake, restaurants and low prices. There is not too much traffic in the town. It was nice to hear Carelian language in the village that we visited.

The University:
I liked the university as a building: it looks fantastic inside and out. Distances are quite long, and it was very difficult to find our class room on the second day. It would have been nice to get to know some Russian students, but it was not easy to make friends with them. I liked studying in the university and I wanted for going there every day.

Your teachers:
My teachers were good and friendly. Especially I liked when Robert asked me about Finish language and asked me to help him. The teachers chose variable and quite interesting exercises, which was good!

The personnel of International Office:
They were really kind and smiled always! It was fine that they spoke only Russian to me, because learning more Russian was the main reason why I came here. It would be better if they spoke only Russian to everyone. They informed about actual things beforehand, which was good.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I liked my staying very much even when everything felt new and difficult on the first week. Luckily I got to know my classmates and spent much time with them. I would have liked to stay longer here and I hope that I can come back to Russia in the future – just to hear the very beautiful language all around me! Thank you for this whole experience!

Rose StotzRosemarie Stotz, Germany
Terms of study: 14.06.16 - 1.07.16

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
I would have liked to know before that the student’s visa ends definitely at the end of the booked course. So I had to leave the country a few days earlier than a usual tourist visa (30 days!)

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
Not any difficulties

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Not any

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
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5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
Yes, I liked it. I liked to have 3 different teachers for the 3 blocks each day which I had booked.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
The individual course is a real challenge (I liked it, and I booked it). You cannot “hide” behind the others.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I found a very experienced, I had a warmhearted hostess. I would all students recommend: live in a family, you learn a lot of Russian life

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
Lively, not hectic, easy to orientate, the nature around (the lake!)

The University:
Easy to orientate, not too huge (like in Moscow), centrally situated, well equipped

Your teachers:
I got to know 3 of them, and all of them filled the fitting place of variety. I would have liked more visual things like films, news, to train this way of speaking and understanding. I would have liked to learn more about the actual political and economic situation.

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I would like to come back, I would always recommend to choose Petrozavodsk for Russian studies.

Matus LuckyMatus Lucky, Slovakia

1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University/town/accommodation/lessons/events)
Basically, all the information I needed was on the website. There was almost everything I needed. Information about university, town, accommodation, lessons and when I arrived, I received email with events every week.

2. What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
It was not that difficult. I bought a flight ticket from Vienna to Saint-Petersburg and train ticket from to Petrozavodsk online. The metro in Saint-Petersburg is very good and easy to orientate in. But I found everything online.

3. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
I had never before stayed in dormitory. But I quickly got used to it and I had a great Belgian roommate. Shops were near, buses were okay. Sometimes the weather was a bit annoying, but I enjoyed the winter in Petrozavodsk.

4. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
The staff from international office was very kind and helpful. If I had some questions before my arrival about accommodation specification, their response was quick and accurate. I mean, I got the information I needed.

5. Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
I enjoyed it very much. I had two teachers, both of them were great. I feel like they were not perfect on their own (but who is?), but together they were perfect. The classes were challenging, and I liked it. Thanks to them, my Russian was improving very quickly. I think that I would not change anything.

6. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
The beginning. I came to Russia and I knew approximately 5 or 6 words in Russian. And as a Slovakian, I could more or less understand Russian. But I could not speak. I did not know the grammar and I did not have vocabulary. In restaurants or bars it was difficult to talk to the waiters, but thanks to the courses, I was getting better and better every day.

7. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
I only have experience of living in the dormitory, which was interesting. The room I lived in, was quite small for 3 people, but we managed to survive and not kill each other. Unfortunately, there was no fridge or microwave oven in the room, so it was difficult to storage food. But I am sure this problem was only in our room. The second problem I had to cope with was my bed and the mattress. The bed was not very good and the mattress was very thin. But you can ask for another mattress or a different bed, if you are not satisfied with it.

8. Please write your opinion about:
The town:
It is not very big, not very small. I liked it! There are places to visit, places to eat and drink and every week there are some special events. I was informed about every concert, every exhibition and any other event which was happening in following week.

The University:
It looks very nice, people are kind and helpful. But except that I cannot say much more as I was studying on the courses with other international students.

Your teachers:
Teachers were amazing! We became good friends very quickly and I had a chance to practice my Russian with them outside the lessons too! My teachers were showing us some Russian cartoons, songs, traditions and basically, they were showing me and my classmates, Russian culture. This way, I felt more comfortable, because I knew, I am not only learning the language, but also I am learning something new about Russia and its culture.

The personnel of International Office:
They were great and very helpful. When I had some problems, I could simply come there and tell them and we would work something out. At the beginning of my course they showed us around the university and the town. It was nice and useful!

9. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
It was simply amazing! I met new people from different countries all around the world. I got to know Russian culture and cultures of other countries. I had a chance to travel around Russia. But the most important, I had a great time in Petrozavodsk! I hope I will come back at some point of my life!

OlliOlli Rönkä, Finland

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- The departmental change (transformation/merger) that affected all my courses.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Small problem with the apartment at first but then everything arranged perfectly.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- None whatsoever. I had been here before for a week and knew what to expect.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes, very much, although they were a bit too pragmatic for university studies. More theories needed.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- The fact that criticizing is not allowed in most courses. That’s not the way to progress in science.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I loved it. I rented a modern apartment near the university and it was excellent.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Lovely, compact and nice. Distances are not too large, yet there is lot to see.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Probably not the best organized university (class cancellations and a lot of changes) but otherwise good and well located in the city.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Just excellent. Tiny hesitation to speak English, but that’s okay.
- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Excellent as well. Only one problem was that not everyone spoke English, even though the department is international (visa handling staff).

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I loved it. Everything is cheap, food is tasty and people are very nice. I had very little problems during my stay here and everything went smoothly. To new exchange students: leave all your prejudices to your home country when you come here and everything will be fine.

KentoKento Sakurai, Japan

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Мне было удобно что я смог получить информацию об университете и сразу получить приглашение. Поэтому я смог готовить визу раньше.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Конечно, здесь немножко далеко от Японии. Когда я поехал в Петрозаводск, мне было тяжело приехать сюда с тяжелыми чемоданом и рюкзаком. Кроме этого, все получилось.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Сначала я почувствовал себя странно, когда я общался с незнакомыми. Японцы – закрытые (скромные) люди, поэтому я заметил разницу между японцами и русскими. Но я сразу привык и стал открытым человеком! 

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Жители Петрозаводска очень добрые, поэтому если у тебя проблема , спроси их или своих друзей. Если студенты хотят помощь, помогите им как обычно.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Я почти доволен . Только я жалею, что занятий по русскому языку было мало для меня. Я хотел бы улучшать свой русский язык еще больше.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Это говорить по-русски. Мне было надо говорить по-русски всегда, чтобы делать что-то. Такой практики у меня не было в Японии, поэтому это было трудно, а также полезно.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Да, очень. Без проблем. Общежитие №4 – хорошее место.

-Your opinion about the town:
- Спокойный, милый город. Мне нравится!

- Your opinion about the University:
- Студенты вообще трудолюбивые, активные. В университете сохраняется чистота.

- Your opinion about teachers:
- Опытные и добрые преподаватели. Они много раз исправляли наши ошибки.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Если спрашиваешь чего-то, то они добро отвечают. Они всегда сообщают разную информацию, точно работают и помогают студентам.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Я уже понял, что мой выбор был правильным. В Петрозаводске у меня не было стресса, и я смог обратить к учебе. Я родился в пригороде Японии, поэтому мне сразу понравилась атмосфера Петрозаводска. Одновременно, здесь меньше японцев живет, чем в Москве и Питере, поэтому я смог общаться с разными иностранцами. Это был необыкновенный и неповторимый опыт в моей жизни. Спасибо всем, кто познакомился со мной!

MatildaMathilde Allamand, Belgium

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- To know the courses we could attend.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- It’s hard to speak with Russian people at first.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Maybe do more meeting between Russian students and foreign students.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- It was really interesting. I really liked our Russian course and teachers are really kind with the foreign students.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Of course, to understand the language.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I really liked condition of my living there. I think that being in a small city is really good for adaptation and learning.

-Your opinion about the town:
- I think that it’s a really nice city and it’s really nice to live here.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The courses I taken were really interesting.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Really helpful. I really appreciated our Russian teachers.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- I think that they are all very nice, very helpful and well organized. They are here for us for any problem we have.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I really liked. I think it’s a nice city and people are really kind. I’m really happy to have chosen this city.

SarahSarah Van Loo, Belgium

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Chose classes before arriving

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- It was difficult for me to communicate in Russian at the beginning.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I really enjoyed the Russian course for foreigners.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- It was difficult for me to understand the courses but the teachers were very nice.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- It’s good to live in a small town because people are more welcoming and everything is close.

- Your opinion about the town:
- I enjoyed living here, the town is very nice.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The courses were interesting.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- All of them were very nice with us.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- They really helped us whenever we had questions or when we needed information.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I really enjoyed it, it was a good experience.

ThomasThomas Kelleter, Belgium

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Most of the information was given to me by the International Department. Information concerning the accommodations is the most useful.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- When you come from a West-European country, it is sometimes difficult to interact with Russians as they seem cold. However this feeling disappears once you get to know them better.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Almost none. Petrozavodsk is a nice small town where everything is close and the adaptation is really easy compared to other Russian cities.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- The International Department is really helpful and can always solve your problems. Especially at the beginning of your stay.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Very much! Our teacher was amazing and really patient with us. I feel like I have made a lot of progress and it is mostly thanks to what I have learnt during these lessons.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- During the lessons I had with other Russian students it was sometimes really difficult to understand the teachers as they were speaking quickly but they were always open for questions.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Overall I liked my living in Petrozavodsk but I would warn future students that if they are afraid of living in community, they might consider looking for a flat instead of the dormitories.

- Your opinion about the town:
- The town is quite small but there is a lot to do: museums, shopping centres, cinemas, theatre, stadiums, etc. Moreover, different events take place every week. Don’t hesitate to go to the Karelian Office of Tourism if you wish to travel around Karelia.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Most of them were really great. We always felt welcome in their classroom as any other student. Their lessons were very helpful and allowed us to make a lot of progress in Russian.

- The personnel of the International Office:
- The personnel of the International Office was more than helpful. They were always there to answer your questions or solve any problem. Thank you for everything !

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
Petrozavodsk is a quiet city where everyone knows each other and where people are more friendly than I expected. There are many good bars where I spent amazing nights and made friends. There is also a quantity of cafes where you can spend your day reading a book, playing games or simply talk with your friends. The city is not far from Saint-Petersburg or Moscow so it is a good starting point for all you adventures. These are some of the reasons why I loved staying in Petrozavodsk and why I would recommend it to anyone.
Thomas Kelleter, Belgium

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Most of the information was given to me by the International Department. Information concerning the accommodations is the most useful.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- When you come from a West-European country, it is sometimes difficult to interact with Russians as they seem cold. However this feeling disappears once you get to know them better.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Almost none. Petrozavodsk is a nice small town where everything is close and the adaptation is really easy compared to other Russian cities.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- The International Department is really helpful and can always solve your problems. Especially at the beginning of your stay.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Very much! Our teacher was amazing and really patient with us. I feel like I have made a lot of progress and it is mostly thanks to what I have learnt during these lessons.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- During the lessons I had with other Russian students it was sometimes really difficult to understand the teachers as they were speaking quickly but they were always open for questions.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Overall I liked my living in Petrozavodsk but I would warn future students that if they are afraid of living in community, they might consider looking for a flat instead of the dormitories.

- Your opinion about the town:
- The town is quite small but there is a lot to do: museums, shopping centres, cinemas, theatre, stadiums, etc. Moreover, different events take place every week. Don’t hesitate to go to the Karelian Office of Tourism if you wish to travel around Karelia.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Most of them were really great. We always felt welcome in their classroom as any other student. Their lessons were very helpful and allowed us to make a lot of progress in Russian.

- The personnel of the International Office:
- The personnel of the International Office was more than helpful. They were always there to answer your questions or solve any problem. Thank you for everything !

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
Petrozavodsk is a quiet city where everyone knows each other and where people are more friendly than I expected. There are many good bars where I spent amazing nights and made friends. There is also a quantity of cafes where you can spend your day reading a book, playing games or simply talk with your friends. The city is not far from Saint-Petersburg or Moscow so it is a good starting point for all you adventures. These are some of the reasons why I loved staying in Petrozavodsk and why I would recommend it to anyone.

Adrian Manzanares GarciaAdrian Manzanares Garcia, Spain

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- It would have been useful to know more about the organization of the courses, I asked group of 3 but nobody told me that this option might not have been possible (in fact it wasn’t in one of the pairs and I had to pay more). Also more information about dormitories would have been quite useful.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None, everything went alright.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- None, adaptation is quite easy in this town.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Just making a more complete website with more detailed information.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes, I liked it.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- I don’t know maybe I’d say that learning Russian is just a challenge, but a cool challenge.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- The dormitory was ok. I don’t know why but gym and studying room were closed without any reason. I thought there would be more comfortable things. For example: there aren’t fridges, washing machines, wi-fi on the rooms and I even had to buy my own pans and that things to cook.

- Your opinion about the town:
- The town is small but very nice and beautiful. People are quite nice and the views and nature are just amazing.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Pretty cool.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- They were good , maybe I missed that they did deeper explanations.

- Your opinion about the personnel of International Office:
- Helpful and nice.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It was on amazing experience. I met really cool people and learnt Russian, I’d recommend it to everyone who is learning Russian.

Denise CaylaDenise Cayla, France

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I had the first information on the website of the University ; and after, I was in contact with Natalia Padchina and could ask her all the questions I had, like weather in Petrozavodsk, or whether I could arrive 2 days before the beginning of the courses or which kind of money I had to bring, etc. .

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I had no difficulties at all. It was easy to make the visa in France. I enjoyed the trip from France to Saint Petersburg and then the train to Petrozavodsk. My host was waiting for me at the railway station.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- I quickly adapted in Petrozavodsk ; the only problem was that I could not speak Russian when I arrived, although I am learning Russian in France !

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked the Russian courses very much ; the teachers are very good and efficient ; they made learning easy. They encouraged us to speak Russian at the very beginning and it is very important to dare speak.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- The most challenging was to hear people talking Russian and to have to answer them. We did this during the courses. Grammatical points which seemed very difficult to me in France became very clear. I learned a lot of vocabulary and nuances, and also a lot about the country.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I liked very much to live in a family. I went along very well with my host (and her cat). She was really nice to me, and a very good cook! I discovered Russian food, could speak with her, with her relatives… and also listened to TV, which is a good exercise for a foreigner! Living with somebody permits you to check your ability in the language and to discover the Russian way of life.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Petrozavodsk is a beautiful town ; Lake Onega opens the sight and brings air ; I liked to live there and felt very confident. As a photographer, I appreciated the beauty of the northern light in September.

- Your opinion about the University:
- I do not know the whole university, but I had an impression of order in the organization and pleasure among the students.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Our both teachers were very good at teaching the Russian language. They know how to manage to make you understand a difficult point, a new word or concept and how to bring you to talk Russian, which was my aim. They know how to interest the pupils in learning. We worked in a very regular and efficient tempo and I liked very much to work with this two persons.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- It was perfect! Each person of the International Office was very kind and helpful. They also helped us knowing the other students by different meetings.

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I am very, very happy of this month in Petrozavodsk. I will come back soon because I want to improve my Russian language in this particular University!

Marek PavlovicMarek Pavlovic, Slovakia

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I could find all necessary information on the Internet before my arrival.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I did not have any difficulties.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- I did not have any difficulties with adaptation.

- Did you like your Russian course at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked it much.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- N/A

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I lived in a dormitory and it is fine, like any other dormitory in most European countries.

- Your opinion about the town:
- First of all I have to say that it is a safe city for all international students.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The building of PetrSU is very nice.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- They were also kind to me. That’s what I liked the most of all – my teachers.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- They were also kind to me and really helpful.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I can’t imagine any way how I could have better spent this summer.

Rio JonesRio Jones, Great Britain

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I got good full answers in response to my questions before arrival. I would perhaps have liked to have known more about the content and structure of the course and what kind of group I could expect.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No problems with getting to Petrozavodsk.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Obviously not speaking any Russian on arrival was a major (but enjoyable!) challenge. Living in the dormitory was therefore initially tough and it would have been good to have a little more support. In general few difficulties though.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- I think dormitory staff could be more helpful and more understanding of the difficulties international students might face.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I really enjoyed my program and feel that I have come away with a very good level of Russian. I would have liked however, for the program to have had more structive and clearer goals for students. I also felt that when I was having group lessons, progress was often held back by non-attendance from students. This was frustrating and I would have liked to have seen a harder line taken.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Russian is of course a complicated language with difficult grammar but it was a challenge I really loved.
As I say, lack of attendance and changing groups was a stumbling block to progress. As was a lack of concrete goals.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I really enjoyed living here, it was a great experience. I would advise future students to get out and to meet people and see as much as possible. Not just in Petrozavodsk but in Russia more generally.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Small but very friendly city. Easy to meet people and make friends, enough to see and do.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Perfectly nice university – met my expectations.
Much quieter than university in the UK.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I was taught by (variously) Vika, Ekaterina and Ksenia. They were all lovely and I always enjoyed my classes.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very friendly and professional. I always found them helpful.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- In general a fantastic experience and feel I have come away with some good language skill.

JulioJulio Cesar Bustamante, Mexico

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- The bureaucratic process of Russia. For example, the travel requirements within the country (registration).

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Not a single one.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- At first it was difficult to understand the people around me and that was frustrating but it was mainly because of my lack of the Russian language skills. After a month I could deal with everyday situations and life was a lot easier.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Be in constant contact with them and clearly explain Russian bureaucracy and culture because it is different from other places.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I loved them. I would not change anything, they were very helpful.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Verbs of motion and trying to speak correctly.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I liked my living conditions. I would not change anything but I would advise them to make an effort to adjust and the lack of hot water for two weeks is not the end of the world.

- Your opinion about the town:
- It is a small city with friendly people. I always felt comfortable and had a lot of opportunities to interact with locals.

- Your opinion about the University:
- It is a great place to study language. It is also extremely easy to find.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- They are very good and you notice your improvement with each day of class.

- The personnel of the International Office:
- Very helpful and friendly. I never encountered any problems.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I really enjoyed it. I had the opportunity to make a lot of friends and improve my Russian. I made the right choice for the summer language course because I always felt included in the society. I will always remember my experience here.

Lars Kristian KullerudLars Kristian Kullerud, Norway

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Maybe more information about payment procedures. Also the dates for given excursions would be useful.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None whatsoever really.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- I’m surprised how fast I adapted. Only adapting to the dormitory regime which I wasn’t used to from my home country.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- I think most students are used to this already.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Really enjoyed it. I had talented teachers, who put their best effort into our lessons and challenged me to expand my understanding and application of the Russian language.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- I’m new to individual lessons and that course puts you more on the spot as well as forcing you to produce more spoken material at a given lesson.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I’m pleased with the conditions. The city is appropriate in size, easy to befriend people, decent dormitories and a comfortable university. My only advice would be to enjoy your time, be straight-forward (the Russians like that) and bring toilet paper to the Uni.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Love it. Easy to navigate, easy to get to know people, the public transportation is good, cheap food, beautiful lake and most of all a lot of really great people living here.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Really good teachers. Patient, but still making requirements and challenging me to improve. I’m really pleased with all my teachers.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very comfortable and personal (not formal) in the communication with foreign students.
They handed all my basic needs upon arrival and were at arms reach throughout my stay, whenever I needed something.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Enjoyed every day! No regrets – I learned a lot and made a lot of new friends. It’s a 10/10!

Rudolf JeggeRudolf Jegge, Switzerland

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I was guided by “AMBergh” and got all information.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No difficulties.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Everything was perfect!! The whole organization of my staying at the University. Everybody was nice and friendly. I liked the lessons and the teacher. My knowledge in Russian became much better (still not sufficient; but that was quite clear with only 3 weeks of learning).

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- As my teacher fulfilled all my personal wishes (only few grammar; more speaking and listening the Russian language) there was no problem at the lessons.
The problem was to understand people in the streets and shops or to understand NEWS on the television.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I got an excellent view into the private life of a Russian Lady-pensioner (as I am). The students have to bring the spirit and attitude of curiosity and not the idea to live like at home.

- Your opinion about the town:
- I liked the town. People are disciplined and friendly. The situation just at the Onego-lake is wonderful.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The ambient for learning is very good. The organisation of the lessons is perfect and the teachers are all just in time. The university as a whole is not to judge by my 3 week staying.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Very competent! Their professionality was of a high level. With lots of patience and empathy. They were always prepared. I liked them very much.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- The attitude in the office was always outstandingly helpful and friendly. I had the feeling that I am attended in every respect. The atmosphere in the office was totally agreeable.

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It was an outstanding experience. Of course, very different from my ordinary life. It was definitively too short time to learn enough Russian for understanding NEWS or read newspapers. I changed my prejudices. The society seems to my very disciplined and friendly… especially referring to children.
One thing I like to mention: As an old man I was probably more interested in social/economic and political questions as normally young students are. For me it would be interesting to meet an intellectual (English speaking) person with whom I could exchange the delicate questions of western and eastern societies and their conflicts.

Mikulas ZvaraMikulas Zvara, Slovakia

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Very useful was the information about courses that they are oriented more for smaller groups and I find that really good. Next thing what I’ve found was that Petrozavodsk is more likely a student city which is in my opinion better than a big city with many international students.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I had no problems because everything was clear and coordinators were really helpful and keen to help you with every small problem.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- I had no difficulties with adaptation because Russian students were really helpful, for example showing the city, theatres, clubs and many others.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- I think University helps students as much as they can.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Program was awesome, teachers as well. Only one thing which I would change is that teachers should give small exams during courses to get know what’s the biggest problem of students. Or writing exams or listening to prepare them for final exam.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- For me the most challenging thing was writing.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Everything was fine only one thing was bad that every student at dormitory needed their own fridge.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Really nice city with many things to do here. Close to St. Petersburg and other big cities.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Nice modern University.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- They were good, smart and prepared for every class.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Really helpful and friendly.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- In general I enjoyed staying here, the city and basically all. I would definitely recommend this place to other people.

Kristina SpacilovaKristina Spacilova, Czech Republic

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None. Everything was OK.

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Information about dormitory. Maybe show photos or something. I was quite surprised that I have to buy dishes and not having fridge.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Just the cold weather.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Maybe being tested before you’re put into a group. I think that it really helped me to improve my Russian language.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Showers and toilets. But that’s not about the studying.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Everything was OK.

- Your opinion about the town:
- A small quite town. I prefer bigger cities, where I have more possibilities to find something entertaining, sports. However this is up to everyone. The most beautiful thing – sunset on the Onega lake.

- Your opinion about the University:
- I missed the online system. It’s the easiest way to find everything about teachers, subjects, events.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I was totally impressed by prof. V.N. Zakharov. And I was very satisfied about Erkki Ammalainen.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very helpful. Everyone tried to arrange and help us with stuff.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I was really excited about going to Russia. I definitely enjoyed the stay. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to get to know Russian people, improve my Russian language. I’ve met so many students here, made a lot of friends. I would totally recommend stay in this city. I’m going to miss it a lot.

Ukko PiesalaUkko Piesala, Finland

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- What need to be done during first week so that all paper work would have been over after that.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Not really, better language skills in the beginning would have been helpful.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Russian for foreigners was useful. It should start at the first or second week of staying. This time it took first time before it really started.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Not so much of information what courses are going and what not. I could have asked more. Maybe studying with one Russian class whole semester would be better than just picking different courses, half of my courses was canceled when I started my studies.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Cheap dorms and that’s why conditions were acceptable, need to have open mind and Russian speaking roommate is useful.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Mid size Russian city. Lots to see here and to do here.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Interesting, many things work differently here than in Finland. I didn’t understand everything and that’s why I don’t have objective opinion about it.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- The teachers were very helpful and took into the account that I wasn’t so good at Russian.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Make sure that all paper work for new visa and staying is done at beginning. It makes everything easier. Otherwise thank you for everything. I got all the answers I needed from you.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It was fine. I learned to speak Russian and had nice time here.

Marketa HofirkovaMarketa Hofirkova, Czech Republic

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Nothing.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Just cold weather.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- More assignments.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Toilets and shower in the dormitory.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Very small, but nice.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The system is not so modern.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- For me the best are: Zakharov, Smirnova, Ammalainen.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Great! Спасибо!

Aino LipsanenAino Lipsanen, Finland

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
It would have been useful to know the actual date when the semester starts – we heard on the first day, that the lectures would start a week later.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Not anything special.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
It was sometimes difficult to find the classes and lessons, because every once in a while they got cancelled / all the students had an internship week / the location were changed and we didn’t know about it. There was also a surprise with the multi-entry visa. We were supposed to get it in two weeks, but the process altogether took almost a month.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
It would be useful to get the e-mail addresses of the lecturers and teaching staff. Sometimes the teachers (at the faculties) might ignore the foreign students, so it’s good to advise students to go and say hello to the teachers and ask what they could do during the course =) This way I got to give two presentations and write a special essay.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- The courses were interesting! It was a good thing to have quite a lot of homework. The quality of teaching varies a lot, so a lot depends on who happens to be your teacher. The materials on Russian courses seemed sometimes irrelevant: it would be more useful to study for example normal everyday language than old proverbs. It would also be great to make the students write and speak more during the lessons instead of listening to the teacher explaining things. It would also be great to get the materials printed for every student.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Studying wasn’t too challenging, but it was sometimes difficult to find the lessons because of the lack of information.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Living conditions were good, though different than in Europe. It was great to be able to stay with the Russian students and that all the exchange students didn’t live in the same building. For the future students I’d say, that know what you’re doing when coming here, and enjoy it as an important cultural experience =)

- Your opinion about the town:
- The town was really nice – there’s a lot of things to do and explore! Petrozavodsk is really safe, pretty and easy to reach from both St. Petersburg and Finland. The location is great for day- and weekend- trips to smaller cities and other interesting sites (like monasteries) in Karelia.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The University is big and really active: they have a lot of clubs, competitions and cultural activities going on. They have good facilities (quiet libraries and computers) for studying.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Some of the teachers at the Faculty of Social Sciences were really nice and supportive. They even gave some special materials or tasks to do, if the topics were too difficult to understand. Some didn’t pay any attention, but they didn’t do that on the Russian students either, so it was ok =) The Russian language teachers were all very engaged with their work and wanted us to learn. Some methods and teaching styles were quite old-fashioned though.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- The staff was really friendly and easy-to-reach. Couple of times we were asked to do something or to come by on a very short notice and the process with visas was slower than what we were told to, but overall they were attentive and very nice!

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I think Petrozavodsk is great and really interesting place to study Russian! I’d say that anyone interested in Russia should consider heading also outside SPB and Moscow =) The city is nice and cosy, and Karelia is beautiful and worth seeing.

Maria BrindzakovaMaria Brindzakova, Czech Republic

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- We knew quite a lot information as our friends have been here before us. But I would appreciate more info about all the courses – maybe online system would be good (but I understand it’s a long process).

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None, everything went well, except for the fact that when we arrived at PTZ we didn’t know which bus to take and had to pay quite an expensive taxi (considering the fact that normally taxi costs around 80 rubles).

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No, everybody was very helpful and we felt almost like home after a little while.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- As I already said, I think the online system of courses, schedule and communication with teachers would be a great improvement and it would make everything a lot easier.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- In general the courses of Russian were good, but I guess an evaluation test before distributing students into groups would make it more effective.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- I think the first few weeks were the hardest. To concentrate on everything – information, language and taking notes. But it got a lot better with time and even though I don’t understand each and every word I don’t have a problem with listening to Russian teachers at all.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- It will maybe sound funny, but it was a shock to see that there’s no toilet seat or toilet paper almost anywhere! But overall everything was normal and alright. Just prepare for something totally different that what you are used to – some things worse, some better.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Very nice, convenient – everything in the centre is close and reachable by foot. I fell in love with sunsets over the lake.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Is very different from ours. The changing rooms, bell which dismisses classes… it was like coming back to high school. And also very few students at lectures – I am used to much more people.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I really liked English courses with Mrs. Diachenko and of course Victor Nicolaevich Zakharov – it was an honour to attend his classes!

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very nice people! So helpful and willing. And I’m not saying that just because they read it.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I am really grateful for this experience. I’ve met a lot of new people from all around the world and each of them, in a way, taught me something. We had fun, moments to remember and I believe a place to come back. I missed home a lot, but these people made it easier. THANK YOU and I hope I will meet you again.

Manasseh Teye AccamManasseh Teye Accam, Ghana

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Can’t think of any.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No difficulties.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Well it took me time to adapt, it was a bit difficult for me getting to the street because people couldn’t stop staring at me.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Well I think student should undergo counseling when they arrive to help them adapt to the Russia culture.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I did even though it was very challenging. Russian is a beautiful but difficult language.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- The Russia grammar in general was very challenging.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Not really, like I said above it was difficult walking on the street since everybody was staring at me. It was a cultural shock to me. So future students from Africa or other black students should undergo counseling on this when they arrive and acknowledge is absolutely normal.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Beautiful city. Not big not small. Very accessible.

- Your opinion about the University:
- University programs are modern.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Ekaterina, Victoria and Erkki were all prefect.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- They were very helpful prior to arrival and also throughout my stats in Petrozavodsk.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- My stay in Petrozavodsk was one good experience. I liked it.

Einar Kristensen MoeEinar Kristensen Moe, Norway

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- N/A.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Well, nothing serious.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Students should be tested before they are put into groups.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- It was all right. Maybe to get the option to attend regular classes with normal students at the university.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Getting up in the morning.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- It was all right. More information about what to expect.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Not too big, not too small.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Not bad.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Erkki is 10/10 teacher. Vika was great, too.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Helpful and nice people.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Not bad. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in learning Russian.

Alexandra FranceAlexandra France, Australia

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I was provided with all the information I need prior to my arrival.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No difficulties.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- The cold weather and lack of sunlight was difficult to adapt to at first.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- The university could advise students an appropriate winter clothing and footwear.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Very much so I would not change anything.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- In Australia my Russian classes were conducted in English whereas in Petrozavodsk they are conducted in Russian. Therefore it was somewhat difficult to understand what was going on for roughly the first week.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I was reasonably satisfied with the living conditions. Future students should simply be aware that some of the comforts they are accustomed to at home may not be available to them in Petrozavodsk.

- Your opinion about the town:
- A very pleasant, safe, easygoing town. Everyone was very happy to help and engage with foreigners.

- Your opinion about the University:
- A fantastic university with engaging and interested students and helpful staff. Very good teaching facilities.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Very friendly, patient, helpful, intelligent and professional.

- Your oopinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- As above.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I have greatly enjoyed my stay in Petrozavodsk and feel that it was highly beneficial for my Russian. I am sad that I was only able to stay for one month. I hope to return in the future!

НурсултанNursultan Ruslanov, Kyrgyz Republic

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Для начала, я хотел бы сказать спасибо этим двум университетам, которые дали мне возможность обучаться в ПетрГУ и посмотреть мир. За все время обучения я узнал много нового и пережил массу хороших эмоций. Так же узнал правовую систему и нормативно-правовые акты РФ, для меня, будущего юриста, это было очень увлекательным процессом в плане обучения.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- За все это время я не ощутил никаких сложностей. Менталитет очень схожий, так как мы братские страны бывшего СССР.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Трудностей в адаптации практически не было, разве что 3-часовая разница и немного холоднее природные условия.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Да, практические все курсы мне понравились, было очень интересно их изучать. Особенно мне понравились учителя ПетрГУ, многие – настоящие профессионалы своего дела, и одно удовольствие учиться у них.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Для меня все было терпимо и на нормальном уровне. По-моему, это зависит от самого студента, от его отношения к учебе.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Да, мне понравились условия проживания в общежитии №1. Было бы неплохо оснастить общежитие своим интернетом wifi по всей территории кампуса и кабинетом, где можно просматривать фильмы в компании студентов по выходным от учебы дням.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Мне сразу же понравился город Петрозаводск, потому что я люблю тишину и зеленое очертание города, где много деревьев. Это хорошо для студентов, так как нет соблазнов, которые могли отвлечь студента от учебы, и, конечно же, свежий и чистый воздух, что весьма приятно и полезно.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Университет оснащен всем, что способствует комфортному обучению, - это компьютерные классы, прекрасная библиотека и комфортные аудитории.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- В университете собраны хорошие, высококвалифицированные преподаватели, что плодотворно влияет на образование студентов и в целом на имидж университета.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Международное управление ПетрГУ можно сравнить с заботливой мамой, которая обеспечивает всем, чем только можно. Сразу с первой минуты было видно, как они относятся к своей работе. Если не ошибаюсь, нас встретили в 9 вечера на автовокзале, когда мы только прибыли в Петрозаводск на автобусе. Встретив, сразу же отвезли нас в общежитие, где уже была готова уютная комната со свежим евроремонтом. Вот это и показывает для меня отношение и профессионализм Международного отдела. И за все время они помогали нам, создавая комфорт для учебы и проживания в Петрозаводске. И хочу сказать большое спасибо Международному офису ПетрГУ, вы самые лучшие!!!

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- За все это время я наслаждался временем пребывания в этом городе и, конечно же, учебой. Масса позитивных и ярких моментов, много жизненных уроков извлек, и мой кругозор весьма повысился и обогатился за все это время. Все, что произошло в этот промежуток времени в Петрозаводске, превыше моих ожиданий. Я влюбился в Петрозаводск и его красоту. Карелия - одно из самых красивейших мест на планете, без всякого сомнения. Спасибо Богу за все это время, я очень благодарен и счастлив, что имел такую возможность. Спасибо, ПетрГУ!!!

LloydRichard Lloyd C. Morin, Canada

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- A clear map of the campus and town would be very useful. The website for the university is difficult to navigate and it is difficult to find basic contact information.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
No, Petrozavodsk is a wonderful town.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Most problems that I encountered were due to a lack of information. It would be useful to have clear and up to date information on the university website.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- My programme was wonderful.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- It was difficult sometimes to find classes, due to room changes, or sometimes the meeting times were changed and I was not always informed about these changes.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Yes, students should expect that everything will be completely different and be excited about living in a different culture.

- Your opinion about the town:
- It is similar to my native city in size. People are very kind and interested in meeting new people. I felt very happy and comfortable in Ptz.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The university administration was very polite and helpful. Most problems or issues that I had were quickly addressed.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I am very lucky to have had very motivated and passionate teachers. It is clear that they all love what they are doing.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- You guys are great!

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It was wonderful and I would like to come back as soon as possible ;-)

KristynaKristýna Pánková, Czech Republic

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I had known everything I needed before my arrival.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I did not received original visa invitation, but fortunately, Russian Visa Centre in the Czech Republic made an exception and accepted the scan of the invitation.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No difficulties.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Introduce the information system, timetables and course enrolment online, the possibility of printing and scanning in the library, the possibility of attending PE with local students.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I like how it was :) I just missed free PE lessons.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- To understand and take notes in the first month.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I would not change anything, I met lots of new friends at the dormitory.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Nice town, where there is everything you need.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Opened for foreign students

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Everybody was nice, most of them prepared individual final exams for the foreign students.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Nice and kind people, who are doing some boring paperwork instead of you. Thank God! :-)

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I enjoyed it as much as I could. I spent wonderful time with my friends and I would never say that four months will be as short and go by quickly.

AnneAnne-Catherine Lepers, Belgium

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About university / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I received all information I needed.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Host family, quickly resolved.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No, found a lot of friends straightaway.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Computerize the timetables, so it is easier to find the classroom and whether the teacher is there or not.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I didn’t do it. Still, loved it!

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- The teachers hardly write anything on the board.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Go straight to общежитие.

- Your opinion about the town:
-Little, but nice. Everything is near.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Nice building, little groups in class.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Most of them were nice.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- AMAZING! We don’t have such nice people in our office, in Brussels (come в ISTI =D).

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I really enjoyed, so sad I’m leaving tonight.

Aleksandr ShumikhinAleksandr Shumikhin, Kyrgyz Republic

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Вроде бы, проблем не было, вот только была долгая дорога.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Было очень интересно учиться в вашем университете. Понравилось всё.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Ничего, наоборот, мне показалось, что здесь намного легче учиться.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Всё понравилось, жить в общежитии было удобно и весело. Будущим студентам советую жить в одном общежитии, чтобы помогать друг другу.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Город красивый, чистый, свежий воздух. И очень тихо, безопасно.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Современный, есть всё, что студентам нужно. Особенно библиотека, там есть много книг, то, что нужно студенту.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Преподаватели умные и знают свою работу. Всегда объясняют, если что не понятно.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Всегда отзывчивы, помогают в сложных ситуациях. Побольше бы таких людей.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Отлично. Хотелось бы ещё.

Жайдар МамбеталиевЖайдар Мамбеталиев, Кыргызстан

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- До моего прибытия в Петрозаводск мне были известно, какие предметы буду изучать, и это было очень полезно для меня.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Никаких трудностей не испытал.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Особых сложностей в адаптации не было, лишь малая сложность в знакомстве со студентами ПетрГУ.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Университет помогает студентам, организуя мероприятия, семинары. Студенты также сближаются, организовывая свой досуг.

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Да, мне понравились курсы, которые я изучал в ПетрГУ.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Меня стимулировало то, что из МУЦА я был одним из первых студентов в Петрозаводске.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Мне понравилось общежитие. Там очень тепло, уютно и чисто. Советую всем будущим студентам заселяться в общежитие №1.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Город очень красивый, чистый, современный. Одно из самых красивых мест, которое мне очень понравилось, это Набережная.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Университет очень большой, чистый и уютный. В университете много умных и интересных студентов, что делает более весёлой и интересной жизнь в ПетрГУ.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Преподаватели высокой квалификации. Знающие свой предмет, как никто другой, рассказывая теорию, приводят примеры из собственной практики.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- В Международном офисе работают одни из самых лучших, светлых, весёлых, доброжелательных людей, которые всегда готовы помочь. Спасибо Вам!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- То время, которое я провёл в Петрозаводске, было интересным, весёлым. Я познакомился с интересными людьми. Получил много знаний, узнал о культуре и истории города.
 

JuliaJulia Krasser, Austria

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I had all the information before and all the needed information was given to us, there are no additional info was needed.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I didn’t have any difficulties. The trip went smoothly.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No, I did not. Everyone was very welcome and helpful.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- I think the organization of the program was excellent. Everyone who chooses to study here is in very good hands.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes, I enjoyed it very much. Everything the lessons, the professors as well as accommodation were well prepared and professional. In my opinion the best program I have taken part in so far. I wouldn’t change a thing.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- The cold weather and the cold classroom.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Yes, my family was very welcome and kind. It was good to have other Russian-speaking people, with whom I was able to talk and practice my skills. If I would have stayed longer than 7 weeks, I would have preferred a student home accommodation, to be able to prepare meals myself and to have better contact with other students.

- Your opinion about the town:
- I really liked the town. I enjoyed the closeness to the Onega-lake. I think Petrozavodsk has a perfect size. It is not too big or too small and Saint-Petersburg is also close by.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The university is well organized. From what I have heard, it has a great reputation in people’s opinion – I can verify that.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I am really thankful to both of them. They were really dedicated and involved, and very kind! They tried to teach as much as possible. They responded to all our wishes concerning the content and motivated us! Thank you to both of them! Especially to Ludmila Lazarevna for her delicious baking!

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Everything was very well organized and all our questions and requests were promptly answered. They provided help, when we needed and were very dedicated to create the best possible stay for us!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I really liked it! That’s why I absolutely would like to return next semester. I liked the town, the kind, open-minded people, the lessons, as well as Karelian culture! It has been an amazing experience!

 MichielMichiel de Boer, the Netherlands

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- The fact that the course does not start on a set date, like said on the website. If I’d have known you can start at any date I might have come earlier in summer.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None, good connection.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Maybe more homework.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Genetive plural.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Fine, it was really great time with my host.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Спокойный, European-oriented, fine.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Fine.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Fine.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Great time, nice place to stay!

AdamAdam Petrović, Serbia

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No, I didn’t have any difficulties.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked it very much. Number of students in group and number of classes is appropriate. In that way everyone could easily learn Russian language efficient and fast. I don’t have anything to add in connection with the program.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Verbs of moving.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- The conditions of living were excellent, I couldn’t imagine better one. Family with whom I lived with is hospitable, responsible, every agreement that we had was respected, in everyday conversation I found out a lot about Russia and Russian culture and in the end I didn’t feel like a foreign, I felt like a member of the family. I wouldn’t like to change anything. I would like to come again to this family. Advice: Come to this family and you wouldn’t regret it.

- Your opinion about the town:
- The town is clean, beautiful, with nice architecture, kind habitants, it has very beautiful places to visit, nature around the town is very beautiful, it has very vivid night out.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The University is very well organized, I could get every information about the course very fast and they were very punctual.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- The teachers were really good lecturers. Classes were really interesting, amusing and serious. In every class were a lot to learn. Teachers were good in explaining every problem in details.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- They were really good organized. I could get any information that I wanted.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Overall opinion is very positive. I want to come back again to Petrozavodsk.

Alicja KielczewskaAlicja Kielczewska, the United States

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I would have liked to know more about the other students who are studying with me. I also would have liked to receive more information about the TANDEM program.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I sent my application to the address listed on the website back in May 31st and received no reply. I found another email for the summer program somewhere on the internet and was able to get in contact with the university right away.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- I had difficulty with finding things to do around town and meeting locals.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes, I very much enjoyed my program. I would have liked to receive a schedule of the subject-matter in advanced. I also would have liked to choose topics of interest of me.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- I found choosing my words to be difficult as Russian is such a rich language. I struggled with all of the words that I newly encountered.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- My living conditions were excellent, I advise students to bring a converter for the outlets here.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Charming, peaceful, though a little boring at times. The people here are very nice and there are many museums and cultural spots worth checking out.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Great university! The staff here are very courteous and knowledgeable. I wish that the university pool were open during summer though.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- My teachers were excellent. I had lessons with Erkki, Anastasia and Victoria. I especially enjoyed Anastasia’s lectures as she would choose challenging subject matter based on the interests of her students.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Everyone at the office is very nice and helpful. Natalia Padchina was always there to answer my questions that I had. She even found a tourism company that offered an excursion on the day that I was able to go. Even before I arrived in Petrozavodsk Anastasia Buyzhina helped me in a challenging visa situation. She went out of her way to rush ship my visa document to me.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I will never forget my stay in Petrozavodsk mainly because of the people. I have been treated with courteous and warmth. My host family spent much time with me and made me feel like a member of their family. Everyone at the university has been friendly. The quality of people here dignity makes up for the lack of things to do around town.

КристинаКристина Зерву, Греция

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Я довольна.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Только много бюрократии с визой и много времени.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Я думаю, нетрудно в Петрозаводск приехать.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Мне понравилось, все.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Изучать в университете русский язык и потом с людьми на улице, в магазинах, с друзьями, практиковаться в русском.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Я хотела узнать, как здесь люди живут, и поэтому я не хотела бы ничего изменить. Я советую другим студентам сделать то же самое.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Красивый город, небольшой, идеальный, чтобы изучать русский язык.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Очень хороший!

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Екатерина и Виктория – обе добрые и хорошие учительницы.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Нет проблем! Вежливые и эффективные.

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Я хотела бы еще раз! Мне очень понравилось! Город и люди здесь! Спасибо!

MattiMatti Punkari, Finland

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Reittien selvittäminen on hankalahkoa. Tilatessa “Taksia” Petroskoihin täytyy turvautua Venäjää äidinkielenään puhuvaan ystävään.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Pidin ohjelmasta. 1. kielioppi 2. keskustelu, jossa tutustutaan venäl. kulttuuriin. Toivon enemmän tutustumista karjalaiseen kultturiin.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Eritasoiset opiskelutoverit.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Pidin olostani. Suomalaiselle voi tulla yllätyksenä, ettei aina tule kuumaa vettä hanasta. Ruoka oli hyvää! Olen tutustunut karjalaiseen ruokaa, koska äitini on karjalainen.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Kaupunki on mukavan kokoinen. Toimiva johdinautoliikenne! Suhtautuminen "ei venäjää äidinkielenään" puhuviin, on hyvää.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Vanha yliopisto. Luo kunnioitusta opiskelijoihin.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Mukavia ja motivoituneita ! Kiitos!

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Hyvin asiallisia ja auttavaisia.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Pidin olostani täällä kovin paljon

JoanJoan Coromina Puig, Catalonia

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I had all the information pre-arrival that I considered useful.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- In my way to Russia I did stopover in Rome and then I spent couple a days in Peter. I should say I was highly surprised about the quality of the 5-hours-train connecting Peter and Petrozavodsk.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- It was not my first time in Russia, so the adaptation in PTZ was perfectly bearable. The only thing I blamed couple a times was Russian bureaucracy, but this is something that has nothing to do with University and the courses.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I couldn’t be more satisfied about the courses at the University. Maybe the only change I could propose is less time involved in watching small videos/multifilms at the lessons.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Studying Russian was challenging itself.

- Do you like the conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I loved my living conditions with the host family. They were really helpful and always ready for any inconvenience that could have occurred.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Perfect for a 2-3 months period. Plenty of restaurants and pubs. Nature all around and lovely набережная.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Except where we had the lessons, the rest of the university was understandably empty during the summer time.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I would like to say Спасибо to Ekaterina & Victoria. My level improved a lot during my months in Russia.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- I only have good words for them  Really helpful and open to our inquiries. Thanks and see you in BCN!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
I fully enjoyed my stay in PTZ.

LucieLucie Kralova, Czech Republic

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Number of students, their level of knowledge in Russian. Maybe online test would help you determine the students’ knowledge before their arrival, and thus ease planning.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No problems. If any they were quickly addressed. I appreciated the swiftness of responding from your part.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No difficulties. We were very well introduced to the town by our host Irina, who made sure we know and see everything, and we feel at home here.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I was not always happy with content of the lessons. Eg. I find it OK to play a short movie for the students, but in that case additional questions, tasks, etc. would be appreciated.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Sharing a flat with my boyfriend, we would like to have a better-equipped kitchen. Otherwise we are left with eating out everyday, since the canteen does not work during the summer break.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Calm, nice with countless cafés .Love the lake!

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Young, inexperienced, not always completely prepared but friendly and responsive to our comments.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Friendly, attentive, fast in reaction to our concerns.

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I enjoyed it very much.

Guillem  Guillem Roura, Catalonia

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I think that it would have been useful to know more about the lessons, timetable and content before arriving.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- n/a

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- First days I was a little bit shocked as the neighbourhood where I lived was so different from all the other places I have been before. But once I spent a few time there I got used to it easily.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes, I enjoyed very much. But I think that classes should last a little bit longer, maybe half an hour

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Getting to know new words and learning Russian idioms. Also speaking classes as it is a big challenge trying to express yourself in Russian.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Yes, I liked the condition, I wouldn’t change anything as it has been a great experience to live in an common «спальный район». I suggest future students to be open minded and tolerant like a native.

- Your opinion about the town:
- I found the town nice. I think it has interesting museums and good places to walk around.

- Your opinion about the University:
- It has a good location in the city centre and the classes are well equipped.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Good teachers and better people. They always did their best to solve our doubts.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very nice people and always ready to help . They do a great job.

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I liked it very much. I think that in the end it has been useful and I have improved my Russian language skills.

 KevinKevin Gledhill, USA

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- The information provided was very helpful. I had some difficulty explaining the requirements of my language study fellowship. I ended up taking a TORFL exam to meet their requirements that was above my level of (spoken) Russian. More clarification about exams would be helpful if given before the start of the program.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No problems with travel.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- None.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I did enjoy my time in the program. Individual courses were extremely helpful to my progress in the language.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- The most challenging aspect of studying was attempting to correct ingrained mistakes in my use of grammar.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I found the living conditions to be pleasant and enjoyed my time with my host family. I would advise future students not to put themselves in situations where it is easy to speak in their own language. I allowed my tiredness after classes to stop me from speaking as much as I would have liked with the family

- Your opinion about the town:
- The town is a bit quiet, but benefits from its location that allowed for nice excursions.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The university has a good central location, but I would like to have access to library resources on Sundays, when it was closed.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- My teachers were excellent, friendly and thorough. I am extremely grateful to them.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- The personnel were very helpful, readily providing any help or information that I requested.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I enjoyed my stay in Petrozavodsk. I would recommend this program to others.

BarisBaris Ozcelikci, Turkey

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I think that I had received all information that would have been useful for me before arriving.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I didn’t have any difficulties regarding my trip to Petrozavodsk. But I advice students to be careful with drunk people in trains.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- The weather was incredibly unstable. It changes hugely in every two days. Most importantly there was no hot water for 3 weeks.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Generally I liked. But much more attention should have been paid on speaking part of the education.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- I find, the fact that break time between two courses is only 30 min so that it’s really not enough to rest.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Generally I liked conditions of living in Petrozavodsk . I would advice to future students to learn as much as possible about city before coming here.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Very small, secure.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Good conditions in buildings except canteen smelling bad.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I’m so happy that they were my teachers. They were so nice.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Helpful, kind.

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Generally I liked staying in Petrozavodsk. Thank you so much for everything.

TimTim McDonald, the USA

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation/lessons/events)
- I felt I was well informed before my arrival. Perhaps it would have been nice to know that the hot water would be shut off, but this was not really a big deal for me.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No. My host family was wonderful.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes, I enjoyed the program. Some of the material in the conversation class was a little beyond my level (as far as speaking).

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Learning specialized vocabulary.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I loved living here. My home was clean, in a great neighborhood, and I was very comfortable and well cared for. Russian hospitality is the best!

- Your opinion about the town:
- Quiet, beautiful, a great place to spend the summer.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Clean, well-located, great atmosphere

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Wonderful. Helpful, fun, organized, professional and beautiful.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Great.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I would not hesitate to return. A great experience.

Induni and Mouna AlgellyInduni and Mouna Algelly, Switzerland

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I received all information I needed to have already an idea of what it was expecting me.
- The International Office sent us useful information about Petrozavodsk and advised us on how to come from St. Petersburg, which was very helpful.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- The main difficulty was not to know the language! And to have enough early the information about the stay.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No difficulty.
- I had some difficulties because of the language (very few people speak another language). I had difficulties at the post and at the bank. It was difficult also to buy things at the shops for the same reasons.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- You could give (maybe) a list of the most useful sentences and words, explain how it works at bank and at post and for travelling.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked very much! Very nice and patient teachers, they knew how to explain the language and the program was interesting. I would (maybe) take more time to speak.
- Yes, the program was very good. We were total beginners and the lessons were clear and useful. Our teachers were very patient and accurate. A real pleasure.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- To discover such a nice language and try to understand it!

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Nice conditions, nice host family I appreciate very much. The only thing I would like for the stay is to be close to university.
- Everything well! The host was very nice and the city is lovely. Don’t miss staying around the Kizhi island for a few days.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Very nice quiet town. You could walk around easily. Beautiful lake and nature.
- Lovely!

- Your opinion about the University:
- Nice institute, nice classrooms, kind people, very helpful .
- Nice university, good program and helpful staff.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- They are the best!
- Excellent, kind, clear and patient.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very kind and helpful! Thank you very much for all!
- Very helpful!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Exceptional! Thank you for letting me discover such a nice place! See you soon! I appreciate and will come back!
- Great stay. To spend the weekend in the Kizhi island was one of the highlights of the trip. Petrozavodsk was lovely and the Russian courses of very good quality.

Vibeke SkovlyVibeke Skovly, Norway

 - What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- The kitchen didn’t have any cooking equipment –if I knew I would have brought some basic stuff from home, otherwise I am very happy with the whole arrangement.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Not really.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- The courses and the teachers were great, they made a point of only speaking in Russian, which I think was very good. We got quite a lot of homework, but that was good too –after all I was there to learn as much as possible, and there wasn’t a lot of time. Would have loved to stay longer

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Learning a language is generally quite exhausting I think, so some days I felt incredibly tired. Having excursions almost every day was a little too much for me. Great that you arranged so much though.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- The rooms where alright, the cold showers wasn’t very thrilling –but that’s something you can’t do anything about I guess –would have been good to know though. And the lack of kitchen equipment also led to eating out a lot. Future student should bring some plates, cutlery and other small items maybe

- Your opinion about the town:
- Very pleasant town, the people also seemed friendly and didn’t frown at me when I tried to speak Russian

- Your opinion about the University:
- Nice University, I didn’t really roam around too much though, but what I saw seemed good.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Great teachers, very inspiring and friendly.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very helpful with everything, great at organizing trips –although I didn’t manage to participate in all of them due to exhaustion

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I am very happy about my stay, great to finally be in the country where I can surround myself with the language. I learned so much in such a short time – just want to go back and learn more! The town is also very pleasant, not too big and people do not seem as busy as in Petersburg and Moscow.

KasperKasper Jacek, Denmark

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- Some information about the accommodation. I did not know whether to bring my own sheets or towels.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No difficulties.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No. Petrozavodsk is a very nice town and we were welcomed by the teachers and the people responsible.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Very much.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Time for homework. We had a lot of excursions that took 4-5 hours and we arrived at our rooms at 20-21 in the evening.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- The rooms were really fine, but the dormitory was in bad condition and we needed a proper kitchen.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Very nice.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Very nice.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Very good. Very passionate. Very friendly.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very friendly and helpful!

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I liked it very much. It was a nice town and a good opportunity to see and live in a “normal” Russian town.

Birmingham GroupUniversity of Birmingham Group, United Kingdom

1. Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- There was a language barrier but I expected that + it was easier to understand people after first week.
- Yes. It is too hard to understand and speak the language.
- Getting used to the Russian language, and Russian way of life.

2. How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Teach basic vocab for use in shops / restaurants / on the bus.

3. Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I loved it! Maybe some less homework.
- Yes! It was very useful. I would like to learn more about different Russian cities as part of the “towns” topic.
- I struggled with the Grammar lessons and asked to be moved into a class where I would be able to understand but was told I could not. I feel that this should be an option as I sat in a grammar class for 3 weeks and feel like I have not learnt anything.
- Yes, I do like it. It’s a shame that our claw was too small to split into groups of ability.
- Not really. It was really well taught, but there was no time to slow down and take time on difficult topics, so I didn’t learn them.
- Yes, no changes.

4. What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- It was very intensive.
- I find Russian Grammar very difficult. Also I feel that groups should be split so they are with other students at the same ability as them.
- The whole Russian language.
- Difficult to follow the teachers sometimes as they spoke quite fast / used very long sentences.
- Remembering things after the lessons – forgot almost everything straight away as there’s just too much Russian everywhere.
- Learning more language.

5. Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Yes I do, I would have preferred to live a little bit closer to the town centre but the buses are fine too. My advice would be – clearly explain to your hosts what food you like and dislike - they won’t mind!
- Yes, I like them. My host family have been brilliant.
- Yes. Learn language to do with the house such as food, knife and forks, washing machine.
- Yes. Hard to communicate but interesting experience.
- Conditions are fine. No serious problems.

6. Your opinion about the town:
- It has everything you need!
- The town is lovely everything is close or only a bus ride away. People are friendly and make you feel welcome and there are loads of places to eat.
- Bit small for my liking but I feel safe.
- Very nice, easy to navigate and gorgeous lake.
- It’s nice.
- Amazing.

7. Your opinion about the University:
- Clean + organized.
- Close to where we lived.
- Very nice.
- Nice enough.
- It’s small, but good.
- Good resources.

8. Your opinion about your teachers:
- Fun and they explain everything really well. They are very helpful.
- Tried to help as much as possibly, especially as I didn’t always understand. When I could not change class, the grammar attempted to change the lesson in an effort to help me when I appreciated.
- Very clear and easy to understand.
- Friendly.
- Very nice and helpful.
- Kind, friendly, helpful.

9. Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- They organized some great events!
- Approachable and friendly. Organized good activities during our stay.
- Very helpful. Would be nice to know definite plans further in advance.
- Friendly, organized.

10. How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It’s Great!
- I absolutely love Russian and it has made me more excited for my year abroad. I especially enjoyed the trips such as Kizhi. The people are so friendly.
- I enjoyed it very much, will be sad to leave.
- Very nice.
- I love it. The whole experience has been very enjoyable and I have some much new language.

ClaraClara David Vinde, Denmark

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- It was very nice that you sent the program before we were going. It would have been fine to get more information about accommodation before arrival.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I didn’t really have any problems. The only thing was at the Russian visa center where they told me that I shouldn’t apply for “humanitarian visa”, but instead I had to apply for “student visa”.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- The program has been really interesting! Russian course have been really helpful, I learned a lot!

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Sometimes the amount of homework was too much because we had to go on excursions and we would be back really late, so no time for making homework. On days with long excursions the amount of homework should be smaller.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change?
- Conditions have been fine.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Beautiful town, easy to find your way in. All the shops you need. Good transportation system.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Really good teachers, easy to go to by transport, nice classrooms and facilities.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Really good! They chose really good material. All the things that I find difficult about Russian grammar we have worked with. I feel I have learned a lot.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Really nice and helpful!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It has been a really nice experience! I will consider coming back for a longer period of time.

MathiasMathias, Norway

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- The information that we got before arriving was on the whole good enough. A little more information about the dormitory would be useful, for instance that there was no kitchenware. In that case it would have been possible to bring along something from home.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No difficulties.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No difficulties.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- The courses at the university were good. The teachers were doing a good job and the level of the courses was appropriate. The excursions were for the most part interesting. I think it was unnecessary to be driven in a minibus from the university to the different museums in the city, and then back to the university again. It was also a little strange to be walked from the university to the nightclub the last Friday. In general, I think the students would have been able to find these places by themselves.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- There was quite a lot of homework, which demanded quite a lot of time.

- Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- The dormitory was under renovation. It was only cold water in the shower during our whole stay of over two weeks. It would have been nice if there were curtains in the rooms, as the nights during summertime in Northern Russia are very bright.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Nice town, very pretty at the waterfront. Walking distances everywhere.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Seemed like a good university.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Both teachers were doing a good job. The language level of the class varied a great deal, so it was of course difficult to give everyone what they needed at all times. I was for the most time very satisfied with the teachers. In general I wish that the teachers focused more on intonation and the stress on the syllables in the words.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- They were nice and polite people.

- How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I enjoyed it.

NikolaiNikolai Sandbeck, Denmark
- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Bureaucracy getting visa.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- No.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- To go on the excursion and do all the homework proved to be impossible. I suggest less small excursion and only little homework on the days with the big and long excursions.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Managing to do both excursion and homework on the same day. I often choose to not go on excursions in order to do homework and I would still sit up and do homework to late in the evening.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I liked the conditions except for the cold shower. My only advice to future students is to stay away from the elevator at the dormitory. It is very unreliable and has a life of its own.

- Your opinion about the town:
- More road need to be fixed, only very few people seems to ride bicycles instead of riding the bus or driving cars. So the traffic was heavy. Bicycle lanes should also be made. But in general I liked the town very much, people are friendly and I could imagine myself living in Petrozavodsk to study and learn Russian.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I like them really much. They were sweet and kind to us. But I do wish they were better at English.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- I also like the personnel very much, they are really helpful.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I like it very much. Petrozavodsk has everything you need. And I can only say I will recommend your summer school to others.

ThomasThomas Mortvedt Solvin, Norway
- Понравились ли Вам курсы русского языка в университете? Хотели бы Вы что-либо изменить?
- Это было отлично!

- Что было наиболее сложным для Вас во время учебы?
- То, что в той же самой группе были студенты разных уровней.

- Понравились ли Вам условия проживания здесь?
- Скромные условия (в июле не было горячей воды), но это не составляло проблем.

- Ваше мнение о городе:
- Интересный, симпатичный город. Много красивых зданий. Большинство людей добрые и открытые. Довольно просто познакомиться с русскими.

-Ваше мнение об университете:
- Хороший университет.

- Ваше мнение о преподавателях:
- Очень хорошие учителя!

- Ваше мнение о сотрудниках международного управления:
- Добрые и внимательные к другим.

- В целом, понравилось ли Вам пребывание в Петрозаводске?
- Мне очень понравилось.

KarolinaKarolina Mackiewicz, Poland and Finland

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
-No.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
Not really, only noise at night that hampered my sleep.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked it. I believe more video/internet materials and tools could be used. But for that you need Internet which should be provided!!! Moreover, a skype interview with the teacher BEFORE the arrival would be useful.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Intensive programme but it was my choice and decision so I’m ok with this. Pity that I can’t take some speaking classes via skype once I’m back at home. That would help to overcome the burden of too many classes at once.

- Your opinion about the town:
- I like the town, good to be here and not in noisy and crazy St. Petersburg. A bit more cultural events would be good, though.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Very good teachers, perfect fit according to my needs but I should have been informed about them better beforehand.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I liked it! Thanks for your help and all the efforts! All the best, Karolina

1Yannis Rammos, Greece
- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events) - Can't think of much — program administration very well done (Anastasia, etc. all, thank you!).

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)? - Frankly, I can't think of anything of importance (except for the arcane visa regulations, beyond University control).
- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties? - None!
- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes. - It embarrasses me to say that I've run out of ideas. Option to pay via bank transfer or, even better, PayPal (no fees, instant, international) would be very welcome. One line less to wait in every month. :)
- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything? - I had an excellent teacher and the program intensity was adjusted to my busy schedule. Materials, topics, coverage and teaching were all very good.
- What did you find most challenging about your studying? - Verbs of motion and verb conjugation.
- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students? - Nothing major to complain about (even the neighbors tolerated my daily piano playing) except for a massive amount of "stuff" in the apartment (used like a storage space by owner) and no hot water in July(!?!?). If here in July, ensure your apartment has a standalone boiler. Also the laundry can be a problem as there are no public laundromats. You must have a machine at home or a friend / acquaintance nearby willing to help you.
- Your opinion about the town: - It was not my first time in Petrozavodsk, so I had a fair idea of what to expect. It is a very fine place for independent study at least (as in my case) — quiet, (mostly) safe, easily accessible from the EU, few distractions, a large community of students, musicians, and scholars. The town clearly has infrastructure problems (buses, roads, sidewalks), but I am afraid these genuine problems only for permanent residents. They never really bothered me.
- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Marina knows her job very well, is evidently an expert and always engaging. She assigned to me just the right amount of homework and I was impressed by the amount of material we covered given we've only had one lesson every week.
- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office: - Always available and responsive in no time. Thanks to everyone!
- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general) - I hope it's not over! That means I liked it a lot :)
 

 

JoonesJoones, Finland
1. What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- There were some problems before arriving here. I think it was mostly because of FIRST-program. We didn’t really know how it worked. So it took months to finally know that we were even coming to PTZ. When finally we arrived everything was working and easy.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Language) I took a bus and the trip route was new to me. Luckily I had one local friend who helped me. Without her I would have been lost. The process of getting documents etc. was the hardest.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems?
- I think in general there weren’t big issues. Everything was well organized.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes, I liked it very much. I think we could have more lessons but on the other hand there was more free time to explore PTZ and Russia.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Lots of lots of new stuff. We were also studying the Swedish language and we got a lot of homework from there. If you compare to others, we really had to work and memorize stuff while others just showed their faces in the class once for a while. No regrets, though )

- Which advice would you give to the future students?
- For new students: withdraw max. amount \ big amount of cash, ‘cuz your bank takes every time a big commission.

- Please write your opinion about the town:
- I like the town, because it is big enough (not too big). It is also a cool mixture of Russia and Karelia. I have to say that finding fresh salads and good bread was difficulty ) But in general I liked restaurants etc. And it’s so cheap! GREAT!

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- I have to admit that all the teachers were so kind and encouraging all the time

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Thank you, Anastasia and Ilja, and all to the workers in the International office. If I had a problem you solved it!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It’s been a very positive experience. There were some harsh times occasionally but nothing big. Because I live very near PTZ I will definitely recommend studying in PTZ. I think many would be interested.

ValeriaValeria, Finland
- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Of course a bit with the language, water, bus and trolleybus routs from my house to university (is there not any kind of easily understandable “timetable”?)

- How may the University help future students with similar problems?
-The biggest problems I had were before coming. The planning part was the most stressful. Good e-mail connection was the best help.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked my Russian course a lot. Teacher Marina was great. There was big difference in our group on level of Russian. I also thought that we would have had more lessons – we could have divided the group a bit.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- To get enough social action. I lived far away from student house so I rarely saw anyone outside classes.

- Please write your opinion about the town:
- Nice, safe town. Enough things to do.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Nice teacher who helped me in many ways.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It was nice and well organized. I felt safe because of Anastasia and Marina. Thank you!

ErikErik Engberg, Sweden
- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- It would have been good to know about the общежитие beforehand – I enjoyed it much more than renting a room. Also about Russian lectures we could attend. And a more detailed plan of when we were going to study.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Being fined for crossing the road.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Tell them not to cross the roads in illegal places.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes! But I would change so there was a more structured plan for study (given beforehand). I sometimes felt like there was a big difference in levels in our Russian group, so maybe it would have been helpful to split it.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Not much.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Yes! Everyone should live in общежитие!

- Your opinion about the town:
- Great. Lots happening, feels small (in a good way).

- Your opinion about the University:
- Good. Good lecturers.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Very good! Friendly and helpful.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Excellent! Very helpful – 24\7.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I don’t want to leave!

ClaraClara Chaizemartin, France
- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I got all the information that I need.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- I didn’t have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked my program at the University.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Improving my level in Russian.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I am satisfied with my condition of living. Living in a family was a very good experience.

- Your opinion about the town:
- The town is small but calm and I think everything that you need is here. Of course it is not like Moscow or St. Petersburg but it is a normal town.

- Your opinion about the University:
- The university is good.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- My teachers were very good and thanks to all of them I improved a lot my level in Russian.

- Your opinion of the personnel of the International Office:
- The personnel of the international office is very helpful and very efficient. They solve your problems very quickly and they are always ready to help you.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I liked my staying in Petrozavodsk because I met friendly people there. I spend a very good time.

AtteAtte Koskivaara, Finland
- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- It was really good. Only more would have been nice.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- First two weeks were a bit difficult because of the lack of information from the courses.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Would be easier if information about the courses was on internet, etc.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Schedule of the courses. In the end the credits did not seem too much.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I live in a dormitory which was nice. Only the toilet smelled really badly.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Town is nice. The lake is beautiful.

- Your opinion about the University:
- University is big and feels like very professional.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- The language teachers were very good.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very helpful. Everything I needed them to do, they did.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It was really peaceful. Not many foreign students.

Xavier MartelXavier Martel, Canada
- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I would have liked to know more about the dormitory from the beginning. They turned out to be cheap and fairy ok to live in. Plus, you meet more Russians that way.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None. Everything went well.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- I did not have difficulties. Petrozavodsk is still relatively “western” so it was not hard to adapt culturally speaking. Language barrier was the biggest obstacle in the first months.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- Maybe assign some student to help the internationals during the first weeks. To get sim card, bank stuff and other administrative stuff.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- The only thing I would have wanted more is to be in a bigger group, but my level at that time did not allow it.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Spending one year “just” studying Russian can become “heavy”. I would recommend picking also other classes even if you’re only a free student.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I liked the conditions. The dormitory is cool even though students must not expect “western” standards. That way you experience the “real” Russian student life. I recommend it!

- Your opinion about the town:
- The city is cool, the size is perfect for me. Not far from Moscow and Peter. Plus there is a lot of activities to do around.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Not much to say, most of the time I was there only for Russian classes.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Ekaterina and Marina were super fun to work with. They obviously know their stuff and I learned a lot with them.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- I give you A+ guys! You have been really helpful all the way.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I loved it, would have stayed longer if I could have managed it. Karelia was superb, people were nice. Petrozavodsk is now a second home for me.

Frank Arnaud Frank Arnaud, France
- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I had all the information I needed to have.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No problem.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- It was perfect. Thank you, Marina and Nastia!

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- It is not easy every day to learn Russian. Some days you feel like you make progress and PATOM:) you see you have a lot to learn again!

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Yes, especially Irina, the owner of the flat where I was, she was very nice and helped me a lot.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Lot of dusk and quiet windy :) I like the shore near Onego lake.

- Your opinion about the University:
- All was fine.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- It was nice to have 2 teachers. We learn in a different way. I like the course with Nastia and I like the course with Marina, we feel she has a great experience of teaching and she is very listening to your level and offers many different ways of learning.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Present when I needed. Answering all willful requests. Fine on all points.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Very good experience.

Anette AasAnette Aas, Norway

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I think it is impossible to get enough information – it will anyway feel like going somewhere unknown, and one gets used to a place only by living there and experiencing it.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- I took a plane to St. Petersburg and then I took the train. The only problem I had on my way was that the taxi-driver in St. Petersburg charged my way too much. I learned a good lesson from that.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Adaptation to a new unknown family was difficult emotionally, but it solved itself, because my host family turned out to be wonderful.

- How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- I haven’t had any big problems, and I think the university is doing a good job. Maybe warn future students about the taxis in St. Petersburg. (Although I already knew, but still got fooled by them.)

- Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I think my program was great. Our teachers listen to us and give us tasks according to our level. I would not change anything.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- I live in a host family and I love it. In the beginning I wanted to cook for myself, but my host made me try her food and I figured out it is easier not having to cook every day, that way you also get to try different Russian dishes.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Very nice town. Unfortunately, the winter was mild this year, I wanted to experience a true Russian winter. Maybe I’ll have to come back for that. The town was a bit grey because o f the weather in winter, but it was really beautiful in autumn and spring.

- Your opinion about the University:
- I had all my classes in the faculty of philology which is connected to the main building. I think everything was functioning well.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- They are great!

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- They are also great! I always feel welcome in the office, and they can always help answering questions.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I really like it here. There is much to do, go to cafes, movies, theatre, concerts, museums and walk in the parks. I recommend living in a host family to get to know the culture and the people.

Julius LeppalaJulius Leppala, Finland
- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- No difficulties.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University?
- Yes, I liked, super!

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Most challenging moment was when I arrived because studying was very intense, but it got easier.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Beautiful town.

- Your opinion about the University:
- Very nice university. Sometimes the Internet connection (wi-fi) was slow.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Teachers were very nice and professional.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office
- Thank you for your help in getting me here to study!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- It was a challenging and rewarding experience to study here. I will never forget my stay here!!

Meltheodor GozarMeltheodor Gozar, Austria
- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk?
- No.

- What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Finding transport from Moscow to Petrozavodsk. Vice versa.

- How may the University help future students?
- Maybe to organize something for foreign students & Russians at the same time.

- Did you like your Russian courses at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I think my writing skills did not develop very well as I wanted to, may be more writing during lessons. Talking also important, arrange some language exchange partner.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Most challenging was understanding & misunderstanding in communication.

- Do you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- My advice: speak up with your host. I myself spoke Russian every day 3 hours in a row.

- Your opinion about the town:
- Sometimes some trolleybuses are not so frequent. Lot of activities, rich cultural programme.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
-Young, motivated, professional.

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office:
- Very inviting, friendly.

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- Recommendable place to stay. Many folklore groups. Great theatres & museums.

Kaaren ErholaKaaren Erhola, Finland

- What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- The info was ok.

- Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk?
- It was hard to adapt to uni because the students are much younger.

- Did you like your program (Russian courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Russian course was great. Bit more oral practice would have been useful though.

- What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- Courses in Russian + the fact that the students and teachers at the faculty didn’t really seem to care about us. Also hard to find out about schedule changes, etc.

- Do you like conditions of your living here?
- Dormitory was a good experience and the standard of living was adequate.

- Your opinion about the town:
- +++ Small but lovely!

- Your opinion about the University:
- Felt like being back at school.

- Your opinion about your teachers:
- Especially Russian ones: +++

- Your opinion about the personnel of the International Office
- Friendly, super helpful always! Thank you!

- How did you like your staying in Petrozavodsk in general?
- So much I want more…

Daniel BeckerDaniel Becker, Germany

What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- Just a self-induced stay-over in a train station in Moscow.

Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk? What kind of difficulties?
- Most of the people are really kind and willing to talk to us. Watch out in bars: many drunk Russian guys don’t like foreigners.

Did you like your program (courses) at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- Yes! Loved them! Looking forward to come back!

What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- The pace in the Russian language was for total beginners actually somewhat to fast. Lessons themselves were great, but just too much in a short period of time.

Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- Even though it is expensive compared to the dorm: if you can, choose to stay in a host family! That’s the way how to get to know to the Russian culture!

Please write your opinion about the town.
- Rather small and not that much to do, BUT lovely places and lovely people! Would go here again!!

Please write your opinion about the teachers.
- Some of the best I’ve ever had! At least compared to some of my German university teachers.

How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I would love to stay much longer! Six month is not long enough at all. For people who don’t like big city life or really small places in the middle of nowhere, this is the place to be.

RichardRichard Suvanen, Sweden

What kind of information would have been useful for you before arriving? (About the University / town / accommodation / lessons / events)
- I was well-informed before I came here.

What difficulties did you have in connection with your trip to Russia (Petrozavodsk)?
- None.

Did you have any difficulties with adaptation in Petrozavodsk?
- None. I instantly met a lot of friends who helped me with everything.

How may the University help future students with similar problems? Please write your wishes.
- I think the university is doing a good job with volunteers.

Did you like your program at the University? Would you like to change anything?
- I liked it. It feels like it was at a right level for me.

What did you find most challenging about your studying?
- At first, listening to Russian, because I wasn’t used to that and talking.

Did you like conditions of your living here? What would you like to change? Which advice would you give to the future students?
- My host has been fantastic!
And to the future students: take all the chances you can get with everything and don’t be afraid to meet people!

Please write your opinion about:
The Town:
- Good size – not big. Has everything you need.
The University:
- Good education and good food.
Your Teachers:
- They were great. The thing that was so good with them was that they liked their job and they were giving good lessons.
The Personnel of the International Office:
- Very friendly. Even though I didn’t have much contact with them. It felt good that if something had happened they would have helped.

How did you like your stay in Petrozavodsk? (In general)
- I am very satisfied with my staying, so satisfied that I must come back one day!
Good job!!
 

Michela FassiMichela Fassi, Italy

Before my arrival I had enough useful information about the university and accommodation, and I had no particular difficulties in connection with my trip to Petrozavodsk, since it wasn’t the first time for me in Russia.
Though I had some difficulties in adapting with the food (I missed Italian fruit and vegetables) and with the few hours of light during the winter, I think, that future students can adapt to these peculiarities by themselves. There’s no need for special warnings. Living conditions are a bit “difficult” during the winter, just because of the weather. But if you are prepared, you can easily survive!
The university is really good! I found most of the Russian courses interesting. Most of the teachers were prepared and did teach their subjects. The university international office was very helpful and kind, they were always there to help!
In general, I really liked my stay here. It has been a very nice experience, I’ve met many nice people and visited interesting places in Karelia and Russia. The town is nice and there are a lot of nice cafes and pubs.
 

So YoengSo Yeong Jeon, the Republic of Korea

When I decided to go to Petrozavodsk, I searched ‘Petrozavodsk’ in the most famous search engines of Korea. But there wasn’t much information. So I got just a piece of basic information. For example, that Petrozavodsk is the capital of Karelia and, near the city, there is a beautiful island ‘Kizhi’. Most of the residents are very well-educated. So PetrSU is a high-level university.
Everything was nice! Foreign students who study at the university can choose to live in a dormitory or a host-family. I lived in dormitory. The room was small but cozy. If you want to live in a private place, I think living in the host-family will be better for you.
I am sure that Petrozavodsk is one of the safest capital cities of the world. There is no discrimination and coldness. People are kind. It has beautiful scenery with the lake and rivers. It’s plain living but has everything people need. It makes the city attractive. The city has a nice musical theatre, so I can see great plays any time I want. The acting is, of course, excellent with reasonable prices. There are lots of things to see, and so much delicious food. I can enter great shops by taking the proper precautions.
The university has many enthusiastic professors and students. A huge university contains a variety of specialized studies. So students have every reason to be proud of it. The Russian courses were like an oasis in the dessert, the best. I was active in the class. Needless to say, it was so great for me to study the Russian language. The teachers are thoughtful and professional. They teach me step by step. Thanks to their teaching, now I am moving toward my goal steadily.
As for PetrSU International Office, I couldn’t do anything without their help, so I am grateful to them for their assistance.

 

Maria IltolaMaria Iltola, Finland

Petrozavodsk is a small and easy city. It’s nice that there are so many cultural events here. I liked the city very much. I hope I can come here again.
The teachers are professional and nice. The international personnel was nice and helpful. Without them we could not manage here.
 

 

 

 

Emmi KyllonenEmmi Kyllonen, Finland

Everything was great from the beginning. The living conditions were comfortable enough.
The town is small, cute, with friendly people. I love everything about it. It’s really sad to leave. Petrozavodsk is cute and the Russian mentality and way of life is “warmer” than it is in Finland. There is a feeling of a community. And I had a really enjoyable autumn. I fell in love with Petrozavodsk.
PetrSU teachers and students are very competent and interesting. The International Office personnel is young, nice and helpful.
 

 

 

Gonca Domnez and Saskia Gonzales y CarmonaGonca Domnez and Saskia Gonzales y Carmona, Belgium

We have already been living in Petrozavodsk for a month. During this time many interesting stories have happened to us, which helped us to understand and embrace Russian reality better. Upon our arrival we learned that the temperature in winter reaches 40 °С below zero. We can’t stop wondering at your calm attitude towards such extreme temperatures for Europeans.
- In your city people are very friendly and welcoming. When they realize that we are foreigners they ask us: “Why are you here?” and try to speak English. Also the citizens of Petrozavodsk are kind-hearted and sympathetic. Once when one of us felt sick (she has lost her voice) a woman met in the street wrote a folk recipe on a piece of paper and said “If you do what I’ve written for you, everything is going to be alright”. And in fact she was right. Fantastic!
- Russian students are very kind! The always try to help, give a cue, teach.
- In our free time we walk around the city. We already have a favorite place – it is one of the clubs where we go each Friday to sing karaoke. We are not professional singers but we sing from our heart as many Russians do. We sing English songs as we haven’t found any French songs. We are ashamed that having studied Russian language for two years already we don’t know a single Russian song. We will try to change that!
- We have had a chance to visit the agricultural fair, which impressed us. There were plenty of goods: fish, meat, sweets, and clothes! We have such fairs in Belgium but they are simpler.
- We don’t want to go home because here we discover something new every day and it is very interesting! Yet in a couple of months we will be in Belgium so we have already bought some souvenirs for our families and friends: jam (raspberry and cherry), honey, and also we want to bring ushanka hats. At home we will continue our education, and having received diplomas we plan to become translators of scientific literature, as it is not as popular as fiction one. In this manner we will be able to introduce people in our country to the great culture and science of Russia.

 

Tural AlizadaTural Alizada, Turkey


1. About Petrozavodsk:
Petrozavodsk is a small town but there are a lot of things to do. People are friendly. I enjoyed staying here.
2. About the personnel of the University:
They care about everything. I felt safe. All my questions were answered very fast. The information which they gave me about activities and events was useful.
3. About the teachers of Russian language:
The teachers are great. Now I know I have improved my Russian language a lot. The teachers tried to make the lessons more interesting and useful for us.

It was the great experience for me!

Philip Saussez, Belgium
“It was not my first time in Russia, and I think the people of Petrozavodsk are friendly and helpful. My host family helped me through my stay in Petrozavodsk: they supported me in my studies, gave all the information I asked for, and helped me in practical situations. During my stay the winter was at the ending: still cold, some wind and lot of frost although the living conditions at my room / apartment with my host family were very comfortable.
I participated via AMBergh education service to a two week intensive Russian course. I have only good comments to give to the program of Petrozavodsk University: I was well received by the University people and especially the teacher, via an interactive way and answering in my expectations (i.e. conversations and grammar issues), the teacher gave her lessons! The use of the Russian grammar rules in sentences during conversations was the most difficult for me while I was studying.
I hope to come again to improve my Russian language via an identical course. If I have an opportunity to participate directly to the University program I’ll try to follow sooner / often the Russian courses.”
 

Vitor Do Nascimento Pacobahyba, BrazilVitor Do Nascimento Pacobahyba, Brazil

 The first time I read about Petrozavodsk and Karelia was in 2010. I was then looking for Summer courses in Russia on the internet. When I read about the program offered by Petrozavodsk State University, I immediately got interested in it. I thought it would be a good chance not only to learn Russian at a Russian University, but also to visit Kizhi island, live with a Russian family and experience life in a city not so known by foreigners like Moscow or Saint Petersburg. And I was right! Besides the weather (I thought June would be sunny and warm), I have only good memories of my stay in Petrozavodsk. The classes were always interesting, I learnt many new words and expressions, the teachers and the staff were always willing to help me, without mentioning my lovely host family, who was always patient in listening to my broken Russian and teaching me new words, proverbs and sayings. I really miss talking everyday in Russian with the nice people I met in Karelia! I hope I can visit again this lovely part of Northern Russia really soon!

 

a group of students from Mercury Academy (Montpellier, France)Russia : Un regard différent
La première impression quant on m’a parlé de la Russie était la suivante : pays anciennement soviétique, communisme, mafia, et bien sur Vodka. Mais ceci n’etais que ma première impression. D’ailleurs celle ci a changé a mon arrivé dans le pays.
Ma première impression fut que ce pays était différent, pas moins bien, ni meilleurs, mais diffèrent. Diffèrent déjà par la langue c’est une évidence, mais aussi par la mentalité, l’attitude des habitants, l’architecture (…) en bref totalement diffèrent de ce que l’on connais en France.
La premières semaine a été compliqué, la barrière de la langue pour demander des renseignements, les règles différentes, la difficulté dans les supermarchés a trouver de la nourriture, celle ci étant très différente, la période des nuits blanches, le changement de climat et de manière de vivre. Mais après cette période d’adaptation j’ai pu voir la Russie sous un autre regard.
Cette seconde impression m’a ouvert les yeux sur ce pays, et m’a apporté un grand enrichissement. Certes il paraît moins développé que la France au premier regard, mais il n’est en réalité que diffèrent. J’estime que ce voyage a été très bénéfique sur ma façon de penser, d’aborder la vie avec un autre regard, beaucoup plus ouvert, et c’est avec une grande tristesse que j’ai du quitter le pays.
En effet, j’ai pu m’attacher au mode de vie, a certaines personnes très chaleureuse (la plupart de celles rencontrées), et si l’on m’avais proposé de prolonger mon voyage, j’aurais accepté avec grand plaisir. Je souhaite par ailleurs retourner en Russie et faire découvrir ce pays à mon entourage. J’espère, de plus, revenir, et malgré certaines appréhension de dangerosité du business Russe, j’espère avoir l’occasion de commerce, ou d’y exercer une activité dans ma vie future.
C’est donc avec nostalgie que je parle de ce voyage, dont je souhaiterais réitéré dans les plus bref délais. De plus je remercie l’ensemble des personnes nous ayant accueillis et fais découvrir cette région, étudiants comme enseignant sans qui ce voyage n’aurais pas eu le même impact.
Florent Perez, France

Ma vie en Russie
Arrivé le 4 mai, j’ai découvert la ville de saint Petersburg ; 4 degrés, un temps grisâtre. Une impression plutôt négative de cette ville.
Dès le début, on m’explique que je m’apprête a faire 300 kilomètres pour rejoindre la Karélie, cela en seulement 8h de train.
Me voila à Petrozavodsk pour 3 semaines et demi d’étude à l’université afin de débuter un apprentissage sur le droit, la culture et les relations dans le domaine du business en Russie.
J’ai trouver ces cours vraiment très intéressant, notamment car ils ont été accompagné de visite d’entreprise. Ces sociétés travaillaient dans tous les domaines, comme l’exportation de bois, la création de matériel de sport grâce au métaux lourd mais aussi une entreprise régionale d’aide aux starts up et des filiales Peugeot, Renault et Citroen.
En plus des cours, j’ai rencontré des russes. Cela n’a pas été facile car je ne parle pas du tout la langue du pays mais nous avons été mis en relation avec des étudiants apprenant le français ou l’anglais. Ces échanges nous ont permis tout d’abord d’avoir des traducteurs, des personnes pouvant nous faire découvrir la ville mais surtout pour découvrir la culture Russe de leur point de vue.
En plus des cours, j’ai donc découvert une culture plutôt accueillante malgré certains préjugés que j’avais envers ce pays. En effet j’ai eu la possibilité de sortir dans les bars, les clubs sans problèmes récurrents malgré une crainte que j’avais comme quoi les Russes avaient des aprioris envers les étrangers.
A Petrozavodsk, j’ai aussi apprécié la faune, qui est très diversifiée. On peut voir des milieux forestiers mais aussi un grands lacs qui donne tout son charme a cette ville. D’ailleurs nous avons passé un après-midi barbecue avec une vue exceptionnelle, un vrai bon souvenir.
Et voila, mes 3 semaines a Petrozavodsk sont déjà finis, il est temps de quitter tous les gens que j’ai rencontré et qui m’ont donné une très belle vision de leur pays !!
Je repars en bus, pour 5 heures de trajet vers Saint Petersburg.
En arrivant, mon impression de cette ville a totalement changer, en effet j’ai été trompé par le mauvais temps du début et je me suis rendu compte dès le premier regard que l’architecture était tout simplement magnifique.
Je suis resté seulement un jour et demi mais cela m’a donné envie d’y retourné. Nous avons eu le temps de visité le centre ville, le musée L’Hermitage et celui de cire. Pour mon plus grand bonheur, j’ ai assisté au 308ième anniversaire de Saint Petersburg et à tous les divertissements que cela entraine, comme le feu d’artifice, les mouvements de population, les concerts en ville , etc…
Merci pour ce séjour, il est maintenant temps de rentré.
Anthony Gourmel, France

 

Elena DrozdovaPetrSU was third University where I've been studying. Previously I've been studying in Forest Technical Academy in St. Petersburg and in University of Eastern Finland. And I still can't decide which of them the best are!
That half of year which I spent in Petrozavodsk was interesting from the studying and from the common point of view. It was very nice that everyone in the University was ready to help in every question. Special thanks to International Department, all teachers whose lecture I've been visiting in Forestry Faculty and Baltic-Finnish culture and philology Faculty.
Distinction of PetrSU is that almost all of student are motivated in studying, they like their subject and their university. Not all of Russian Universities can brag about that.
About Petrozavodsk like about city I can say that it is small and cosy city. It is easy to get to any part of city in any time on round the clock by buses or taxi and both of them is very cheap!
On the whole If you plan to study in Russia — Petrozavodsk State University will be on of the best place to do it.
Elena Drozdova, Finland


Heikki NiemiI spent my autumn semester 2010 in a tiny peripheric Karelian capital town called Petrozavodsk. Compared to Finnish towns Petrozavodsk would have been the second largest country in Finland but in the Russian scale town is really small so you can really sense the peripheric atmosphere in Petro. For me this suited perfectly. When I was planning in which Russian town to go it was clear that I wouldn´t want to go to the big cities like St. Petersburg or Moscow. I also wanted to visit home at least one time during my studies in Russia. That´s why Petrozavodsk suited me Perfectly: Small town with the real Russian atmosphere and just 300 km away from Finland.

I really enjoyed my studies in Petrozavodsk. Because I study Russian history studying this subject from the point of view of Russians where very interesting and it really helped me to understand Russia a bit more. Also intensive course of Russian language was great and useful. For me the level of teaching in Petrozavodsk seems to be as the western European level.

I think that the best part of my studies in Petrozavodsk was the sparetime. There ain´t so many exchange students in Petrozavodsk which was nice because I had enough time to get to know with everyone. With about 15 exchange students we made excursions for example to the Kizhi Island and to Kondopoga. Of course we enjoyed the supply of cultural activities produced by the town itself like movies, ballets, concerts and many excellent restaurants. The staff in the international office of Petrozavodsk state university was really nice and effective and there was no problem with the "famous" Russian bureaucracy.

I have to say that you won´t be able to understand Russia, Russian people and Russian language just by studying it in your home. The only way to understand is to live and experience it by yourself!!!
Heikki Niemi, Finland

Laura SiragusaAs I left the railway station heading towards the Onega Lake, I found the main building of Petrozavodsk State University on my left. “Number 33... quite a symbolic number”, I wondered “is it sign or not?”
While entering the wing for the International students, I felt surrounded by a familiar ambience. Students coming from different parts of the world were discussing what to do at the weekend. Some threw some Russian words here and there and a relaxed, joyful atmosphere dominated.
“It’s a small university, so we have the time and desire to look after each student who comes over. We look after them from the day of their arrival to their departure”, told me one of the teachers. I received the same care and warmth.
Marina Chazova, my Russian teacher, has not only taught me Russian grammar, she has integrated her teaching with discussions over topics I was interested in. And from those discussions a friendship has also developed. We keep each other updated on our daily business even from afar.
The administration office has taken care of my visa extension and has helped me overcome some hiccups during my stay in Karelia.
Overall, everyone has helped me enjoy my year in this northern region, enrich my knowledge and awareness and thrive my initial curiosity and enthusiasm. Tellingly, I intend to be coming back for a conference next year and to continue cultivate our cooperation.
Laura Siragusa, Italy

Stepan TirkkonenIf one wants to seriously study, PetrSU is a great place to do that. The university can offer something for everyone. My exchange experience in Petrozavodsk has been amazing. I've never had so much fun in a 4-month period in my life. So much that, at times, I forgot why I came here. The city itself was fascinating with its sights and history. Russian people and other international students were friendly and outgoing. I always had somewhere to go and something to do. It feels really bad to leave this place. I wish I only had chosen to come here for 2 semesters. I recommend coming here. You definitely won’t be disappointed.
Stepan Tirkkonen, Finland



Teemu Oivo
From the beginning of September to mid December flew my time in Petrozavodsk. The time included good and not so pleasant events but I'm happy to have lived through them all. The city welcomed me with beautiful autumn to wander around the town. Locals gave me almost no culture shock at all and my hosts were helpful to me. Soon the other exchange students established themselves as my beloved friends. Unfortunately as a result I didn't get to know local people that well and it didn't help my integration with Petrozavodsk but my friends were the greatest part of my exchange.

The vivid town offered us lots of its culture from various style consertos to theatre and movies. During the stay most of the students visited Kizhi, St. Petersburg and Kondopogo that were all avaivable relatively close. Compared to my home university, the exchange students had to make up vast of our cultural activities here which of course got us better in touch with dealing with the society in that way.

You can't really learn to understand Russia outside the state and I still don't, but I have first hand experience how all the logic here is little different from what it has been in other states I've ever been in. The attitude of not expecting anything of anything was valuable for me throughout my stay here. There is endles line of things to learn about Russia and weird habbits that might be hard to comprehend. As not really coming in terms with all this even after almost four months it was sometimes very wearing to motivate myself to keep on pushing with the studies and with the language but I never doubted that this wasn't worth it.
Teemu Oivo, Finland


Thomas LamerisIn June 2010 I spend one month in Petrozavodsk in order to learn Russian. I had some preparation in the Netherlands on the language so I didn’t have to start on the basics. When I arrived in Petrozavodsk (by train from St. Petersburg) I was awaited by my hospita and the head of the exchange student department which was really a good start. We went by taxi (a real Volga!) to my house for the coming month. A nice place on the edge of the city, close to the forest as I asked for.

The study environment on the University was really good and the lessons were in a good atmosphere. Maybe it went somewhat slow sometimes, but that made it easy to follow. The teachers were extremely nice to me and good at explaining the difficult Russian grammar. My fellow students were nice and there were lots of activities during the period I visited Petrozavodsk. Also I had a lot of contact with English students (a group from Birmingham) which was real good.

One of my favorite hobbies is bird-watching. The forest around Petrozavodsk provided good places for birdwatching although it was hard to get very far from the city. I did a lot of walking (and worked on my stamina a lot ;)) and saw quite a number of nice birds which are rare in the Netherlands (Greenish warbler, Blyths reed warbler, Booted warbler, Black Kite, River Warbler, Corncrake, Red-Troathed Diver). Also lots of nice butterflies, dragonflies and flowers (especially in the surroundings of the Datsja of my hospita).

Petrozavodsk is a nice city, although I would think it is a quite European city for Russia. Especially the lake side is really beautiful with lots of statues and older buildings in the city centre (theatres). Expecially the celebration days were nice to experience.

I had a good time in Petrozavodsk and really improved my Russian. Tought due to contact with English students (and talking in English) I had less conversations in Russian than would have been good for me. But the University is great and the language programme very good.
Thomas Lameris, the Netherlands
 

a group of students from China (2009-2010 academic year)

Память о Руси
Ещё в школе, когда я только начинал изучать русский язык, я мечтал путешествовать по России, которая меня интересует прекрасной природой, великой литературой и таинственным народом. Через пять лет, выиграв всекитайский студенческий конкурс по русскому языку, я получил шанс приехать учиться в Россию в Петрозаводский государственный университет на год. Наконец-то мечта моя сбылась.
Время летит так быстро и тихо. Я ещё не успел узнать эту привлекательную страну, уже было пора прощаться с ней. Россия осталась у меня сильное впечатление. Разница между Китаем и Россией большая. Ни климат, ни кухня, ни обычай, ко всёму этому совсем не мог привыкать сначала. Зимой так холодно и долго. Самая низкая температура около минус 40, такое никогда не бывает в моём родном городе. И летом даже есть белые ночи. Какое чудесное!
На каникулах мы с друзьями вместе поехали в Москву и Санкт-Петербург, по которым я давно уже собирался гулять. Я просто обожаю Питер. Особенно июньский Питер под солнцем, как живопись. Везде пейзаж, всюду красота.
Осталось только наслаждаться и восхищаться. Не в силах оторвать своих глаз от золотистой Невской реки. На мой взгляд, Санкт-Петербург - прекраснейший город в мире. Мне повезло, видел его собственными глазами!
Кроме этого, я ещё посещал музей, театр. Это помогает мне понимать русскую жизнь и литературу. Самое главное в том, что каждый день я мог общаться с носителями русского языка, и слушать новости по телевизору. Всё полезно для того, чтобы владеть иностранным языком.
В России я познакомился с многими новыми друзьями. Они так много оказали мне помощь и в жизни и в учёбе. Я очень благодарю их за это.
Прощай Россия. Навсегда для меня загадочная страна.
Вэнь Ган (Андрей)

В прошлом октябре меня послали на учёбу в Россию. Сколько я себя помню, я всегда мечтала о России. Мне давно хотелось посмотреть на то, что же это за страна, какие на самом деле люди живут там.
Мне посчастливилось провести восемь месяцев в Северной России, в Петрозаводском государственном университете, в Карелии. Преподаватели очень опытные и добрые. Я их очень люблю. Они всегда знают, какие вопросы я буду задавать, а потом терпеливо мне их объясняют. В свободное время преподаватель часто вёл нас в музей, в театр. Для меня это настоящее наслаждение. Кроме того, я очень люблю общаться с русскими студентами. Они гостеприимные, жизнерадостные и общительные. В то же время меня часто приглашали в гости. Мы вместе разговаривали об учёбе, о жизни. Когда у меня были трудности, друзья немедленно обратились ко мне с помощью. Мне очень повезло, что познакомилась с такими хорошими преподавателями и русскими друзьями.
Кроме того, в отпуске мы с друзьями путешествовали и в Москве и в Санкт-Петербурге. В Москве я в первый раз своими глазами увидела Красную площадь, Кремль. Это замечательно. А в Санкт-Петербурге мы были в Эрмитаже, на площади декабристов и посмотрели Казанский собор. Но мне больше всего нравится Петергоф. Там есть много фонтанов, но они отличаются друг от друга. Все они очень красивы. В общем, о поездке осталось хорошее впечатление.
Я очень люблю изучать русский язык, и особенно люблю его изучать в России. Сейчас я уже могу не только хорошо знать о России, но и чисто и свободно говорить по-русски. Я уверена в том, что в будущем я обязательно добьюсь больших успехов в работе.
Чжао Тин (Ира)

Как быстро летит время!
Вот уже восемь месяцев, когда мы приехали в Россию. Но все еще свежо в моей памяти. Я дорожу каждой минутой - я могу любоваться всем в России своими глазами, и ее красоту и богатство больше невозможно описать самыми красивыми словами.
Русский язык, один из самых красивых языков. Я его так люблю. Он все время со мной вместе. Он как связующее звено, русский язык наведет мост дружбы и взаимопонимания между людьми: китайскими и русскими. Что касается учебы надо сказать через восемь месяцев у нас уже большая прогрессивность в многих сторонах - увеличить лексический запас, возвышать уровень русского языка.
Преподаватели Петрозаводского государственного университета оказали нам большую помощь, не только на учебе, но и в жизни. Разумеется, их помощи и заботы играют важную роль в наших успехах.
Если сами не были в России, то невозможно узнать настоящую Россию - чудесную страну. Это первый раз в моей жизни я чувствую себя так близко к России, к русской культуре, к образу жизни, и к доброму народу. Русские традиции и русская литература, все произвело на меня сильное и незабываемое впечатление. Я много раз сходила в театр смотрела спектакль, балет, оперу. Вот наконец-то для меня начиналась настоящая русская культурная жизнь.
Я так рада, что в мои лучшие годы жизни я была в России. Эти памяти в России как сокровище, которым я дорожу всю жизнь.
Ван Мань (Лиза)

Память о Петрозаводске!
Я прожил в Петрозаводске год и уезжаю в конце этого месяца. Вот и написал то, что я видел и чувствовал.
Прежде чем я приехал в Россию, я слышал немного о Бритоголовых и чучуть волновался, но как только я доехал до Петрозаводска, всё изменилось.
Нас встретили добро и весело. Потом у нас начался семестр, мы занимались с тремя преподавателями: Марина Викторовна, Екатерина Александровна и Анастасия Юрьевна.
Уроки были интересны. Мы не только учились, но и посмотрели город, посетили музей.
В течение нового года я был в Москве, просмотрел Красную площадь, Кремль, Арбат, и исторический музей.
Во втором семестре мы учились на факультете. Лекции стали сложнее, труднее. Мы плохо понимали, но у нас были хорошие преподаватели и ребята. Благодаря их помощи, мы побольше понимали, посвободнее говорили по-русски.
Скоро уезжаю, я никогда не забуду сотрудников международного отдела, которые много помогали нам в жизни! Никогда не забуду моих хороших друзей: Вася, Дима, Андрей, Серёжа, Таня, Тоня и Катя!
Спасибо вам за все!
До свидания Петрозаводск!
До свидания Россия!
Янь Цзюньлян (Юра)

Ой, время летит......
Жизнь в Петрозаводске всегда спокойна. Каждую неделю у нас были лекции. Часто после учебы мы с друзьями гуляли по городу, пили кофе в кафе и разговаривали. Это очень хорошо, потому что мой устный язык стал лучше, чем в Китае. Такая жизнь раньше я никогда не проводила в Китае, мне кажется, это особенный российский тип жизни, это совсем другой тип жизни для меня, и для меня, это наслаждение.
Хотя у меня всего немножко лекций, и все преподавателя замечательны, но мне больше всего понравился преподаватель, который вел лекцию «детская литература». Может быть, и детская литература интересна и преподаватель хорошо говорила, чтобы мы все могли хорошо слышать и хорошо понимать.
Несколько дней я была в Питере с подругами. Там очень красивый пейзаж - Царское Село, Эрмитаж, Петергоф и т.д.
Хотя мы были там только четыре дня, но все там привело нас в хорошее настроение, это совсем разная культура. Тогда я уверю в то, что Россия это очень богатая страна в культуре, потому что у них есть и Пушкин и Репин и Чайковский и т.д.
В Петрозаводске я могла общаться с людьми из разных стран, и даже мы стали друзьями. Мы узнали много новых слов, которых раньше не знали. Например, устный язык: приветик, это значит привет; шас, это значит сейчас; общака, это значит общежитие...... Это мы не можем узнать, только в России.
Когда я вернусь на родину, я буду скучать......по русской кухне; по университету; по человекам, которые мы знакомы; по общежитию; по озеру «Онего»; по всем, что мы здесь увидели, услышали......
Если у меня будет возможность, я обязательно вернусь......
Чжоу Хуэй (Света)

Через 10 месяцев, я уже привыкла к жизни в городе Петрозаводске. Всё новое и свежее теперь стало старым и знакомым. И со временем, я многому научилась и в жизни, и на учебе.
Как быстро летит время! Я даже могу вспомнить бывшие дни, когда мы только что сюда приехали, нам пришлось преодолеть много трудностей в другой стране. Надо постараться, чтобы непременно поняли, что говорят вокруг себя. Благодаря преподавателям Северо-Европейского открытого университета, мы достигли успехов, что было очень полезно для дальнейшей учебы на филологическом факультете. Мы слушали лекции и делали записи. Когда-то я потеряла самоуверенность, потому что я нехорошо поняла, о чем они говорили. Но друзья воодушевили меня верой в будущее, и хорошо, что сейчас все плохое и огорченное уже прошло.
А что касается жизни, то я тоже получила много: я могу неплохо готовить! Я считаю, что эта новость будет радовать родителей.
Здешние жители добрые и сердечные. Мне повезло, что я училась в Петрозаводске. Хотя этот город не очень большой, но пейзаж очень красивый. Самое главное, люди всегда готовы тебе помогать.
Одним словом, мне нравится Петрозаводск, если у меня будет шанс, я еще приеду в этот город.
Лю Бо (Алена)

Время летит так быстро. Еще помню первые дни, когда мы приехали в Петрозаводск. Этот город произвел глубокое впечатление на меня - холодная и долгая зима, красивый пейзаж, добрые люди, спокойный ритм жизни.
Интересно учиться здесь, когда вокруг все говорят по-русски. Конечно, сначала нам было очень трудно, мы не могли понимать, о чем речь идет. Но со временем ситуация изменилась, и наш уровень русского языка улучшился. Теперь мы можем общаться с русскими друзьями, так что могу сказать, время не зря прошло. Преподаватели хорошие, терпеливые. Они ознакомили нас с богатой русской литературой, со знаменитыми во всем мире русскими писателями, художниками, композиторами. Пережив год, мы тоже узнали много русских традиций и обычаев, совсем отличающихся от наших. Все оказалось новым, интересным и увлекательным.
У меня была возможность съездить на дачу. Говорят, что это традиционный вид отдыха в России. Я там была три дня. Все было чудесно. Мне там очень понравилось.
Думаю, я всегда буду скучать по этому городу.
Пэй Мэйянь (Маша)

a group of students from China (2009-2010 academic year)Как быстро летит время !
Мы жили в Петрозаводске около 8 месяцев. После того, как мы приехали в Петрозаводск, у нас началась новая жизнь, самая интересная и веселая. Прежде всего, нам предстояла очень сложная задача, как слушать лекцию. В начале, я ничего не понимала, что говорил преподаватель на уроке. Честно говорю, тогда я еще не привыкала к темпу речи. Но я могла немножко угадывать мысли преподавателя по его мимике. Ребята были очень добрые, после урока они охотно давали нам списать их записки, поэтому скоро у меня начался прогресс в учёбе. Я ещё хочу рассказать немножко об общежитейской жизни. Мы жили в студенческом общежитии. В нашем общежитии было много иностранных студентов, они из Кореи, Вьетнама и т.д. Мы очень подружились. Всегда вместе разговаривали о жизни и учёбе, устраивали вечеринки, иногда мы менялись рецептами блюда. Если погода была хорошая, мы с русскими гуляли по улицам. У меня так много чувств и впечатлений! В двух словах не расскажешь, но мне кажется, я никогда не забуду тех времени, когда я в Петрозаводске! 
Хэ Шихуа (Света)

Sinikka HeikkilaМоя учеба в Петрозаводске

Мне было очень приятно учиться в Петрозаводском Университете. Иногда у меня было чувство, как бы я была в неправильном месте. Иногда я только помню фразы «Не знаю» и «Не понимаю». Я думала, что я здесь слишком рано, что мне надо учиться более долго дома раньше.
Но эти чувства у меня только иногда. Обычно каждый раз, когда я думаю, что я не знаю ничего, у меня одновременно сильное желание работать, чтобы научиться говорить по-русски.
Я думаю, что самой важной для меня была атмосфера в университете. Все были дружественные и готовые помогать. Тоже между нами, учащимися, атмосфера была хорошая, теплая и товарищеская.
Мои преподаватели были умелые. Катя может четко и понятно разъяснять трудные пункты грамматики. Даже мне казалось, что я понимала и выучила. Мне трудно воображать лучше обучение.
Когда я решила ехать в Петрозаводск, я только думала овладеть русским языком. У меня уже давно было желание попутешествовать по России. На экскурсиях здесь в Петрозаводске я начала более точно понимать, что мне нравится, и что я хочу испытывать в России. Когда я была в Мандроги и увидела оригинальные раскрашенные дома, деревянные изваяния. У меня было чувство, что я побывала в старинных русских сказках, и мне показалось, что это место – окно в русскую душу!
Хейккиля Синикка, Финляндия

Laura CrumpПочему Петрозаводск?
Когда я решила изучать русский язык в Петрозаводске, мои друзья очень удивились, что я хотела изучать русский язык здесь, вместо Москвы или Петербурга. Сейчас я знаю, что я решила правильно, потому что в этом маленьком и удобном городе очень легко знакомиться с новыми русскими или международными друзьями, например, в клубе или в университете.
Кроме того, этот город находится на берегу Онежского озера и окрестности очень красивые. Мне очень нравится купаться, гулять на берегу с моими друзьями или отдыхать на берегу с книгой, или кататься на лошади с моей русской подругой Ксенией (в лесу, конечно!). Еще я люблю Кижи, потому что этот остров прекрасный! Я была два раза на Кижах; первый раз на экскурсии и второй раз в другом месте острова, где было мало туристов, старая деревня и красивый чистый пляж.
Еще я люблю говорить по-русски с моим преподавателем и моими друзьями здесь, особенно, о любви, о литературе, о русской душе или о Варшавском договоре, потому что я работаю в университете Утрехта и я пишу докторскую диссертацию о Варшавском договоре!
Мне так нравится моя жизнь в Петрозаводске, что я уже чувствую себя не голландкой, а петрозаводчанкой! Здесь у меня есть друзья, лошади, университет и даже русская семья, потому что семья Галины, моей русской подруги, меня «удочерила». Сейчас у меня есть русская сестра, русский брат, русская мама, русская бабушка и еще русская собака и сейчас меня даже зовут «Лаура Горчакова»! У меня есть еще русские предки, которые были друзьями Пушкина!
Поэтому я люблю Петрозаводск!
Ваша Лаура Горчакова из Петрозаводска!
Лаура Крумп, Нидерланды

Tommaso PrimaveraI really liked the program, my teachers and the organization of the courses. The International Office is well-organised and all the staff helped me in every kind of problems. My teacher was prepared and the lessons were interesting and helpful.
The city is nice and quiet. The embankment is romantic.
Studying Russian in Petro was a great experience! In Petro I had opportunities to speak Russian every day, then, I had a chance to know the Russian culture and how people have fun and relax here.
I’d like to come back to Petrozavodsk in the future!

Tommaso Primavera, Italy

 
Stefano CasagrandePetrozavodsk is nice, a little bit small but you can find everything you need and if it is the summer and good weather like was this year you can even spend your free time really great at beach or in the beautiful countryside. About the University, I didn’t have the chance to know a lot about it because I have been in Petrozavodsk only during summertime. Anyway International Office and  the teachers they were really kind, always ready to help and friendly.

Stefano Casagrande, Italy

 

 
 

LeandroLeandro Georgudakis, Italy

Studying Russian language at Petrozavodsk State University was an amazing experience and a great opportunity to improve my knowledge. Here there are not so much foreigners and you can speak Russian language every day with Russian people. (And what is better than communicate with native speakers to learn a language). Furthermore, the staff who works at the International Office of the University is very professional and helpful.
I hope to come back to Petrozavodsk to write my degree thesis. I strongly recommend Petrozavodsk State University for all those students who want to wide their knowledge of the Russian language.



Morgane HanssensMorgane Hanssens, Belgium

On the one hand, when you hear 'Petrozavodsk', it doesn't get you dreaming like the sound of 'Moscow' or 'Petersburg' does. On the other hand, big cities mean a lot of foreigners and less practice of Russian language. I wanted progress, so I took of to Petro. My friends had been there on summer school and I was going to check out the basic program during a 9 month stay. The excellent support before my adventure there, gave me some kind of confidence that, once I would arrive there, everything would be ok. And that's how it turned out: nice and helpful people on the international department and good teachers with who you can agree on the next lesson's theme and who organise different activities according to the time of the year. If you don't like grey weather, avoid November, in any other case: why aren't your bags packed yet? ;-)


Mandy BuschinaMandy Buschina, Germany

Often Germans ask me, where exactly I spend my time in Russia. When I ‘m responding: “in Petrozavodsk”, they always look at me as if I had said “on the mars”. On the one hand I hope, that much more people visit Petrozavodsk and the university. I can just recommend it. Nowhere else I had such a professional, individual and varied Russian course as at the University of Petrozavodsk. On the other hand I hope, that not that much students discover these nice place, so that the University and its employees remain so familiar, helpful and nice, as I experienced them.
Thank you for everything.

 

Liisa

Liisa Tervo, Oulu, Finland

Петрозаводск маленький, очень симпатичный город у Онежского озера. Люди там дружелюбные, как всегда в России. Я просто люблю Петрозаводск! Мне очень понравилась моя поездка туда. Учебу в Петрозаводском Государственном Университете организуют хорошо. Например, у нас уроки русского языка были каждое утро и это было нужно и я выучила там много. По-моему, преподаватели и другие работники в университете всегда готовы помочь. Сейчас я только скучаю по Петрозаводску - и жду мою следующую поездку туда.

 


Ying WongYing Ying Wong, Singapore

I have fallen in love with this cozy town up north and was extremely taken aback by the friendly, easy going culture here. The teaching facilities in NEOU PetrSU were great, the teachers were amazing and I am glad that I decided to do my language immersion programme here in Petrozavodsk.

 

 

 



MichelaMichela Casali, Italy

Studying at Petrozavodsk State University was a great experience. The staff is welcoming and always available to help you, all teachers are experienced and Russian language courses are really effective. Not to mention all extra-school activities such as conferences, initiatives, excursions and picnics organized by the University teachers. The atmosphere at the University is very good and I had the opportunity to meet people from different countries as well as from Russia. After a few weeks, I already felt like home and did not want to leave! Every little part of Petrozavodsk is nice in its own way: the naberezhnaya with its sculptures, the clubs and cafes on Lenin street, the cold wind and snow in the winter and the white nights in the summer. My 6-month-stay in Petrozavodsk was actually the best time of my life so far and I would recommend this place to anyone!

 

Hamit Damar, Turkey

Когда я приехал в Россию, то думал, что очень хорошо знаю русский язык, потому что до этого работал в магазине и разговаривал с клиентами))) А вот когда приехал, все оказалось не так, как я подумал, потому что русский язык оказался сначала очень сложным. Мне было тяжело первый месяц, но потом, благодаря учителям, все стало очень легко. И я за 8 месяцев стал очень свободно разговаривать на русском, даже на столько хорошо, что сейчас русские не верят, что я турок))) Они говорят, что мои родители русские или я жил в России долго, а не 8 месяцев. Никто не верит, что я учился всего лишь 8 месяцев. А я им говорю, что я хохол))) А на счет Петрозаводска вот что я вам скажу, друзья мои: я считаю, что Петрозаводск – очень красивый и уютный город. Гораздо лучше, чем Москва или Питер. Учится в Петрозаводске мне так понравилось, что я еще несколько своих друзей привел сюда, чтоб они тоже учились. Так что советую вам попробовать. Не пожалеете.

 

8Susanna Heinonen, University of Oulu, Finland

I can say it in three words (I love Petrozavodsk! =D) but here's a little story:
I heard already in advance that Russian people are very friendly and helpful, but it still surprised me. Everyone was so nice! People in the International office, teachers, lecturers... And also other people I met.
Language teaching and teaching at the faculty of Economics was excellent and I learned a lot of Russian language and culture. They organized us also very many nice events like going to museums, theatres and picnics.
The city was beautiful, especially in summer, because there are so much parks and a beautiful big lake. I really enjoyed the time in Petrozavodsk and a part of my heart is still in there!


9Jochem from Amsterdam

Petrozavodsk is a great town to study Russian. It's easy to meet Russian students, who'll be glad to show you around. Especially in summer it's fun, when it hardly gets dark and you can talk and drink at the lake far into the night. The language course was really good, because the classes were small and the teachers dedicated to let us speak Russian. Also, the staff of Petrozavodsk State University has been very friendly and helpful.

 

 



6Sarka Bastova, Czech Republic

Я провела в Петрозаводске всего 4 недели на летних курсах в 2008 г., но незабываемые впечатления остаются на всю жизнь. Петрозаводск, это красивый город на берегу чудесного озера. Помимо замечательной природы, с которой я ознакомилась благодаря разным экскурсиям, организованным университетом, я также познакомилась с новыми друзьями и приветливыми и симпатичными людьми, которые в Петрозаводске живут. Однако, я бы хотела поблагодарить всех в PetrSU за возможность заниматься любимым языком на лучших курсах русского языка.

 

 

3Giacomo Pieraccini, Italy

Study at Petrozavodsk State University, was a great opportunity to learn Russian from a very qualified teacher with good skills to teach a beginner as I was, and still I am. The organization of the University is quite fine, I studied in the Language School, and this branch of the University is organized really in a good way to support and stimulate the students. The international office and the Language School organized also few events like concerts or meetings, giving for us a good opportunity of socialization. The city is nice with parks and a good theatre, but the most beautiful element in the city is the Nature all around, and the lake especially! Lovely!

 

5Erik Norberg, Sweden, Stockholm

Petrozavodsk is a wonderful town with interesting people. I only spent four weeks there but I`ve got experiences for life. My teachers were nice people, and good pedagogs.
The group was small and everyone got attention in class. My host mother was a very kind woman.

 

 

Brenda Kah, The Netherlands.Brenda Kah, The Netherlands

Marina Victorovna Khazova is a very good teacher and she tried to make her lessons interesting for all of us, although especially in July our group contained five totally different people.
 

 

 

 

 

Frea Haker, The Netherlands.Frea Haker, The Netherlands
 

Это был мой первый раз в России, и раньше я не говорила по-русски. Сейчас я говорю, понимаю и пишу немного. Я думаю, русский язык очень красивый язык. Еще мне нравятся Санкт-Петербург и Петрозаводск."
This is the first time I have been in Russia, and I had never spoken Russian before. Now I can speak, understand, and write a little. I think Russian is a very beautiful language. I like Saint-Petersburg and Petrozavodsk very much.
 

 

1Madeleine Op't Hof, Basel, Switzerland

Everything was well organised, and I felt at home from the very first day. My apartment was comfortable, cosy and very conveniently located.
The level of teaching exceeded my wildest expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversational lessons with Lyudmila. She is an interesting and well-rounded person, so we never ran out of topics to talk about. Katya is certainly the best grammar teacher I have ever had. What I appreciated most, is the fact that she continually challenged me to do more difficult things than a thought I was capable of. This built my confidence and made me realise that my Russian is much better than I though it was My teacher here in Basel is amazed at the progress I have made in a mere 4 weeks in Petrozavodsk.
Thank you so much for your kindness and for the excellent opportunity to improve my Russian language proficiency. It was an unforgettable experience.
The staff at the university were helpful and very supportive. I appreciated the fact that they were prepared to schedule my lessons to accommodate my weekend travel arrangements.
I can recommend the University of Petrozavodsk to anyone who wishes to study Russian in Russia.
 

2Maria Todorovska, Macedonia

Petrozavodsk - a place that after a couple of weeks already starts feeling like home. Peaceful, and educational, and friendly. Amazing teachers (who encourage you, and comfort you, and advise you, and, in the end, are so incredibly nice to you); lovely lectures (of intensive learning, but also of giggling and singing and laughter); homework people usually pretend they have done; fun role-playing and discussions (the better the level, the more interesting and informative the discussions); asking the friendly staff about every single things that comes to your mind (“so-if the holiday’s called ‘transformation’, does that mean a carnival’s involved?”...honestly!). Also, meeting people from all over the world who share your interest, and your passion for Russia. Watching the news and initially not getting anything, then starting (oh the joy!) to understand. Hot chocolate while discussing Chehov. Walking down and up bul. Lenina. Sitting by the fountain. The tea and the blyny. And the lake, oh, the lake - sometimes you just cannot tell where the lake ends and where the sky starts. Talking to random people just for the sake of it, and because they are friendly enough to listen to your Russian. Petrozavodsk is one of my favourite places on Earth, and I really hope to return soon!!
 


4Christopher Davey, Australia

I studied with PSU on two separate journeys to Russia. The staff, both teaching and administrative are very helpful and provide wonderful assistance for personal packages for learning and support such as accommodation. My teacher provided classes planned to satisfy my personal requirements and the administrative team helped me with accommodation, transfers and other administrative needs. I was connected with other students and through my time in Petrozavodsk I have made friendships with people from around the world that last to this day. I have no hesitation in recommending this very cost effective way to study in Russia.



 
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