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International Students Testimonials

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Joseph Yaw Dawson, Ghana

Siberian Federal University

Compared with other countries Russia has affordable tuition fees

Hello, my name is Joseph Yaw Dawson born and brought up at Anomabo near Cape Coast, the first Capital of Ghana in the western part of Africa. I аm a teacher by profession and I taught in Ghana for over 10 years before coming to Krasnoyarsk to study at study at Siberian Federal University. Currently, am pursuing MSc Banking and Finance in the Institute of Economics, Management and Environmental studies. After my first and second degrees at the University of Cape Coast, I decided to travel outside Ghana and so here I am.

I actually applied to different universities at different counties but Russia was the one my heart felt on and I decided to come here. This is a country I know a lot about base on low tuition fees as well as quality education. My decision to come to SibFU was so spectaculars. I applied for the admission by myself and after some months later I had the information that I qualify so I should send my documents for further processing of my admission. I did all what was require from me and later had my invitation to apply for visa to come to Krasnoyarsk.

My impression about SibFU and Krasnoyarsk can be classified into three sections:

First of all, my impression was about infrastructural developments. As I entered the University, I saw the dormitory rooms being furnished with microwave, refrigerator, washing machine etc. which cannot be seen in other university. The university also has hybrid library as well as good lecture theatres with free access to Wi-Fi. It also has sports facilities for students to be used for their studies and leisure time. SibFU has a lot of recreational centers which are accessible to students and so on my free time, I engage myself in some of the sporting activities like playing soccer, table tennis, and weightlifting. Sometimes too, I take a walk through the forest.

Secondly, what stood out to me in Russia is the natural beauty of Krasnoyarsk. The forests and the rivers are beautiful and so accessible to the public. Though Ghana has a lot of tourist sites, I was so amazed when I visited national park Stolby, the rock Golubka and Yenisei River. Finally, the people in Krasnoyarsk are very warm and affable. Having just moved here, I have benefitted countless times from Russian hospitality. The Volunteer Center in SibFU, International Students and Staff Support Unit and the Protocol office of SibFU are all there to assist you with every assistant.

The studies are purely research base where lecturers always try to pose everyday problems to students and allow them to research and do presentation. Lecturers in  SibFU are drawn from various countries of the world. We have some from Russia, Italy, France, U.S.A etc. These lecturers are well-versed in the areas they teach. SibFU has a lot of recreational centers which are accessible to students and so on my free time, I engage myself in some of the sporting activities like playing soccer, table tennis, and weightlifting. Sometimes too, I take a walk through the forest.

The students admitted to the program are brilliant and hardworking. I am truly honored to be part of the first ever English Master’s program in Banking and Finance to be introduced this academic year. SibFU is a multinational university but there are small number of students in each class. Now I have a lot of friends from different countries like China, Pakistan, India, Italy etc. All these people are sociable and out-going. They try to teach you their culture and ask you also to teach them your culture. You have the opportunity to walk together in the city Centre and eat at Cafe. Apart from the international students that you make friends with; Krasnoyarsk people are also very friendly. The individuals as well as families in the town are also ready to associate with you and know more about your country.

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