The students, who arrived on the 25th of June, are finishing their month-long Russian language course this week. This is the 6th year in a row that the University of Birmingham has sent Russian-language students to Petrozavodsk.
On their last day of class, the students were given a grammar test, after which they presented and performed work they had prepared in their lessons. Bearing in mind that they have been studying Russian for less than a year, the progress they have made over the course of their stay here is impressive. It has been achieved not only by attending language classes, but also by socializing with their host families and locals!
NEOU PetrSU organized lots of activities to keep the students busy and make sure they really got to know the city and the surrounding areas. Some of the major excursions were those to the island of Kizhi, a popular tourist destination, and to Kivach waterfall.
The visit to Kizhi included an English-language guided tour, which the students found interesting and informative. Afterwards they were even treated to choir singing performed by monks in one of the wooden churches. The trip to Kivach took place on a hot, sunny day, perfect weather for the students run around and climb up on the rocks – what a shame the waters were too dangerous to swim in!
On another occasion, some of the more adventurous students went on a rafting trip, where they got plenty of opportunities to splash around in the river. Others got in touch with their creative side and learned how to make traditional Karelian dolls as souvenirs to bring home to their families.
All in all, it is clear the students have really enjoyed their stay in Petrozavodsk. This being their first visit to Russia, they have felt very welcome here and would like to thank Petrozavodsk State University for making their stay interesting and enjoyable.