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International Students Testimonials

Advantages of studying in Russia for foreign nationals
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Leung Tze Ming , China

Siberian Federal University

We have developed friendly relations with my supervisor

They tell in our country that people find themselves in the same boat if they have been striving for this in past lives for hundreds of years. Therefore, it seems to me that I was destined to get to Siberian Federal University! I remember when many years ago I learnt that Siberia was the land of great frost. These words rocked my mind, and I made a tourist trip on the Siberian railway. Years passed, and no matter how changeable life was, my way again led me to this snow-white land. In China, a long study is figuratively called ten years spent at a desk near a cold window. It has never occurred to me to come for an internship in Siberia before. But the reality is a series of random coincidences and surprises. When the time to choose a graduate school came, the word "Siberia" emerged once again from the depths of my mind. So I found Siberian Federal University and sent my doctoral research plan to its School of Architecture, where, perhaps, a desk at the cold window waited for me indeed.

The opportunity of researching according to my conceived plan was a paramount issue in obtaining a doctoral degree for me. The School became interested in my plan, so I chose to study at Siberian Federal University without further ado. The admission process was successful. I was required to submit a research plan, a master's thesis and previously published research articles (this was the main part of the procedure). I can not say that researching and studying were hard for me, but still, this path was long and thorny. Fortunately, the SibFU staff did their best to help me. For example, the university provided me with courses related to the research methodology. Most of the time I spent at the computer, building models of urban projects and analyzing data, and my supervisor occasionally gave valuable pieces of advice on the subtleties of analysis and modelling. We have developed friendly and good student-lecturer relations.

As for everyday life in Siberia, I cannot describe the sensations that you experience walking along a street in -30 degrees in the midst of a snowstorm. But if you come here to study, it means that ties that bind connect your fate with the frosty winter. By the way, as for that “desk at the window”, my threats turned out to be vain, it is always warm and comfortable inside. And another thing: even if there is really cold outside, people do not tend to be cold at all. Most of them are extremely friendly. Besides, the local long winters forced me to reconsider my attitude towards the bustle that is always absorbing us and to start appreciating the wonderful summer days and every moment of life even more.

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