The new academic year has started and new international students are coming to Petrozavodsk State University to study at different Faculties and on different programmes. Last week students from Italy, Francesca Moretti and Elisa Sacchini, arrived in Petrozavodsk. They are participants of Erasmus Mundus (Triple I) exchange programme. The girls will study at the Faculty of Philology during 5 months and also take lessons of the Russian language at NEOU PetrSU. This experience will certainly change their approach to Russian because it will not be just theoretical knowledge but a practical use of the language connected with Russian life. Lectures at PetrSU will be a part of the study plan the girls have at their home University of Bologna in Italy, Faculty of modern languages for interpreters and translators. We hope that the experience Francesca and Elisa will obtain here will be the first step to their future contribution to Russian and Italian cooperation and concrete opportunity for them to their future profession.