SPbPU Summer Schools: from Space Technologies to Russian Language
More than 700 foreign nationals took short university programmes in 2018.
Every year, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University holds popular summer schools for international students. Seven hundred-odd participants arrived in St Petersburg in 2018 from more than 30 countries including China, India, South Korea, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, France, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Algeria and Australia. The courses addressed varied and interesting topics; some programmes almost had no counterparts in the world such as Molecular Gastronomy launched by SPbPU Higher School of Biotechnology and Food Technologies this year. Students studied the basics of physical and chemical processes taking place in cooked food and learnt about Russian cuisine at the same time. The programme included lectures on modern additives and their culinary use, history of Russian cuisine etc, master classes by well-known Petersburg chef Kirill Klyukvin and practice in preparing fermented dairy products.
The increasingly popular Space Technologies module gathered some 40 international students, twice as many compared with last year. They studied spacecraft design and communication satellites engineering methods. Classes were conducted by SpbPU teachers and specialists from the Pulkovo Observatory, the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute as well as international scientists. Students also visited the Svetloye radio astronomical observatory.
Russian, as a study track, has been traditionally popular with international students. More than 250 people came to the summer language school this year. The students were split into groups, from “beginner” to “advanced” to study Russian grammar and vocabulary and Russian literature, culture and history for several weeks. A separate course was devoted to business communication in Russian. More information on SPbPU summer schools is here.