Why NSU? Opinion of five foreign students – NSU News – 23.09.2022

— Why did you choose NSU?

I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in Egypt and decided to defend my Ph.D. thesis in Russia because I managed to get a grant and a scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education, where the competition was very high (more than 10 people per place). NSU is known as one of the best universities in Russia, and it also ranks high in world rankings.

Muhammad Islam Saber Ead

Egypt

I really wanted to study the ethnography of Siberia. Many archaeologists and ethnographers from Korea studied at NSU, and one of the professors recommended me to enter here.

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Ann Na

South Korea

Why did you choose to study in this specialty?

I have been interested in medicine since childhood. I especially wanted to understand what the disease itself is and why people get sick. I also learned about research projects to create artificial nerves. I was very inspired by the opportunity to replace damaged nerves with new ones, this is a breakthrough in the treatment of neurological diseases, including the consequences of a stroke.

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Ray

Indonesia

I have been very interested in mathematics since childhood and I want to connect my future with this science. Since mathematics education in Russia is highly valued in the world and many Chinese textbooks contain information from Russian sources, I decided to enter here.

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Zhang Runqi

China

— Tell us about the pros and cons of studying at NSU.

One of the main advantages is the location in the forest zone. It is very quiet and calm here, which helps to concentrate on studying. I can also note a very clean and comfortable hostel. As for the cons, I can’t say anything, I didn’t even think about it.

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Ann Na

South Korea

— What did you find most difficult when adapting to Russia?

The culture, mentality and traditions of my country are very different, but despite this, it was very interesting for me to get acquainted with Russian culture. To be honest, the most difficult test was the climate, but gradually I got used to it.

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Muhammad Islam Saber Ead

Egypt

The most difficult thing for me is the Russian language, and when I first came to Russia, it was very difficult for me to interact with people here. Also, as a Chinese woman, I prefer Chinese food and it is difficult for me to find something suitable for myself in Russia.

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Zhang Runqi

China

What helped you adapt?

I attended special courses in Russian and spent a lot of time studying it. I also participated in many events organized by the university, which helped me improve my Russian language level.

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Zhang Runqi

China

Before entering, I studied Russian in Moscow for a year, and this helped me a lot. NSU also has many language and conversation clubs that can help students with communication difficulties.

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Amirshayan Karimimazidi

Iran

— What events organized by the university did you take part in?

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I participated in InterWeek events, went to the concert “Music of the World”, Kapustnik in Youth and Victory Day.

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Ray

Indonesia

First of all, in scientific events, for example, MNSC. I also participated in a musical concert dedicated to Chinese culture. I also learned to play the guitar here.

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Ann Na

South Korea

— What is your impression of Russian students? How are they different from students in your country?

To be honest, I did not notice much difference between Russian and Iranian students. But since I attended classes in both Russian and English, I can note that Iranian students are more active and talkative, they can even joke about something with teachers. They often walk in groups and always need to be reminded to be quiet.

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Amirshayan Karimimazidi

Iran

It seems to me that Russian students are very active and successful. The main difference is that they themselves are actively looking for work, while students in Egypt can wait for years for a job from the state, depending on their families during their studies and even after it.

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Muhammad Islam Saber Ead

Egypt

— Have you made any friends among NSU students?

Of course, I have friends among Russian students, and I would like our relationship to become stronger. I also have friends from other countries, mainly from Iran, China, France, Mexico, Arab and African countries. All of them are unique people with their own life stories, which made my experience with them even more interesting.

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Ray

Indonesia

– What would you like to do after graduation?

I hope that I will be able to find a job at NSU as a teacher and researcher at one of the institutes of the SB RAS.

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Muhammad Islam Saber Ead

Egypt

I am going to work for a year, after which I will continue my studies in graduate school. I have not decided on a university yet, but if I stay in Russia, I will go to St. Petersburg to study.

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Ann Na

South Korea

— What advice would you give to other international students who are considering getting an education in Russia?

Consider this as the first step to knowing the world. As a place to learn survival skills that no other country can give you. As the beginning of a journey out of your comfort zone on the way to the strong and fearless person that you would like to become.

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Ray

Indonesia

It must be understood that now this may be associated with a number of additional difficulties, but if you really want this, then nothing is impossible. Russia is a wonderful country with rich nature, friendly people and diverse culture. Communicate more with local residents, this will help you adapt better.

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Ann Na

South Korea

The most important thing is to learn Russian well, then I promise that your studies here will become much easier.

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Amirshayan Karimimazidi

Ira

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