Without doubt that was an unforgettable month for the group of students from the University of Birmingham, the UK, who came to the Summer University of Petrozavodsk State University on for the month-long Russian language course!
The month of active immersion into the Russian language and culture, fascinating travels and discoveries, new friends and impressions ended with a special ceremony for the presentation of certificates of the course completion on July 15th. This is the 9th year in a row that PetrSU has been hosting the Russian-language students from the University of Birmingham.
On their last day of class, the students could check their newly acquired knowledge in a grammar test and present the results of intensive work during the lessons at the University and at home. The final scores have shown tremendous success and progress in studying the Russian language! The teachers of the Russian language indicated evident improvements in speaking and writing skills of the British students. For sure, they have been achieved thanks to joint efforts and hard work of the students and their teachers, and also students’ socialization with their host families and Russian friends!
PetrSU proposed the British students a wide variety of cultural activities in order to acquaint them with the beauty and diversity of Karelian nature and culture. One of the most impressive excursions was to the Kizhi island, the open-air museum of wooden architecture. They could admire the natural grandeur of wooden churches of the 18th and 19th centuries that were built without any nails, learn the history of Karelia and Zaonezhye, try themselves in traditional dances. On another occasion, the students could show their creativity in making traditional Karelian dolls as souvenirs to bring them home to their families.
Today we are saying goodbye to our dear friends from the University of Birmingham. Definitely, it has been a really enjoyable stay for them in Petrozavodsk! During their first visit to Russia, they have felt very welcome here and would like to thank the PetrSU for such an interesting, productive and memorable stay!