The student exchange programs at Petrozavodsk State University are a great chance both for the Russian and for the foreign students. Thanks to this program, the foreign students can study at PetrSU faculties and institutes for one or two semesters for free and learn the Russian language while being in the language environment. Moreover, it is a great opportunity to explore the culture of another country and find new friends in Russia. This semester 18 exchange students from Japan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Finland arrived to Petrozavodsk State University.
This time most of the students came from Japan. They study at Sophia University in Tokyo, where they have learnt the Russian language for about two years. At PetrSU, the Japanese students and most of the other foreign students have chosen the Faculty of Philology and are ready to apply their knowledge in practice. The other “popular” fields of study are the foreign languages and economics.
During usual meetings for the newcomers, the students were given a tour around the main building of PetrSU and, of course, the city. The students appreciated the city sites: the main streets, the theaters and the squares of the capital of Karelia. Some of the students even managed to meet Nikolay Valuev, one of the most famous Russian boxers, the others had a walk on the Onego ice, and, certainly, each of them met with their faculty coordinators and planned their courses at PetrSU.
Besides, the foreign exchange students shared their impressions of Russia. Each of them was delighted with the Russian cuisine, and now “borsch” is one of their favorite dishes. When the Japanese students were asked whether it was scary to move to Russia for a year, they all smiled and nodded their heads in unison. Speaking about the students’ plans, they would like to travel about the Russia, especially to see the cultural capital of our country. For them, Russia is a new world they want to learn about with great pleasure and, of course, to study hard at our university.