Support of International Students
The UT hosts an orientation and employs an adaptive support system for foreign students. Before arriving in Russia, foreign students receive consultation on visa and migration issues. Each foreign student also gets a tutor who renders a wide range of assistance during the student’s adaptation period within the Russian Federation. On the day of arrival, tutors meet foreign students at the airport (railway station), help them settle into a dormitory, and take them on an excursion around the city. At the beginning of the academic year, the department of international relations schedules orientation days during which students obtain detailed information about Tyumen, the university, their host institute, and the specifics of the education process. Students engage in a scavenger hunt around the city center and campus and engage in numerous team-building exercises. While studying at the university, a foreign student may contact the department of international relations with any questions or concerns that they may have. Coordinators specially appointed by the institute director supervise the learning activities of foreign students at the institutes.
Everyday Life of International Students
UT Dormitory No. 1 for foreign students is located in the historical part of Tyumen and equipped to meet modern requirements. The building is composed of three six- and seven-story buildings.
The dormitory offers one-, two-, and three-room units with area from 50 to 100 square meters for comfortable living. There are 251 students living in the dormitory in the 2015-2016 academic year. UT Dormitory No. 1 meets all safety requirements and is equipped with fire protection systems: a fire alarm, a panic button, video surveillance cameras, and evacuation plans. Each unit has a dining room/kitchen with average area of 17 square meters and all the necessary appliances: refrigerators, electric stoves, ovens, electric kettles, TV sets. Wi-fi is available in all rooms of the dormitory.
The dormitory also has: a room for independent study, meeting room, computer classroom with Internet access, the dormitory student council office, a lounge room, a laundry room, a room for drying, cleaning, and ironing, and an isolation ward. The medical center of the University of Tyumen is located 15 minutes from the dormitory.
Dormitory No. 1 is a center for student self-administration. The joint student council of UT dormitories has been meeting there since 2008. Dormitory No. 1 is remarkably international and hosts students from China, France, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Turkey, Israel, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Czech Republic, Afghanistan, Laos, Mongolia, Serbia, USA, Lithuania, Germany, Slovakia, El Salvador, and Zambia. Students make friends with one another, share experience, and talk about their traditions and countries. This interaction facilitates foreign language learning and the development of cross-cultural communication skills.
Each year, UT dormitories host an Open House Day. The foreign students speak about themselves and their country and even try ethnic foods. Students also organize the City Quest game for new foreign students in the dormitory so that they can become acquainted with Tyumen.
A foreign language club led by a native speaker welcomes anyone who wants to attend the classes. Students who live in the dormitory can join the following sections: "Photo," "Drama group," "Journalism," "Cinema club," "Guitar playing," "Chess," among others. Dormitory activities are covered on the TSU website, dormitory information boards, and the "The University and the Region" newspaper.
Leisure and Sport Events
Foreign students are welcome to join numerous cross-cultural projects implemented by the International Relations Department and Extracurricular Activities Department. The following events have become traditional: "International Lesson" when foreign students introduce schoolchildren of the Tyumen Region to their countries; "A Tyumen Student Takes over the World" which is a travel and new knowledge creativity competition. "Tyumen Model UN" offers regular sessions that serve as a platform for foreign students to explain their countries' stand on topical international issues. The "BOO-BOO" project includes informal foreign language classes organized by students for anyone who wants to attend. All foreign students may also participate in sporting events, depending on the sports discipline, within the UT sports and health center. Foreign students become active participants in not only university events but intra-institute events as well, including the "China Days" cultural forum, the "Route of Friendship" sports relay, the "Student Spring" creativity competition, the "Note" vocal festival, among others.
Employment of International Graduates
Foreign graduates who complete the UT Bachelor's and Master's Programs return to their home countries and traditionally find jobs depending on their education. It has been observed that graduates from CIS countries work at commercial and government institutions. Meanwhile, Chinese students often tend to become Russian language teachers at schools in their provinces or interpreters.