What is it to Study abroad in snowy Russia? January 20, 2016

By (UrFU) - abroad from 09/01/2016 to 06/21/2018 with

Ural Federal University: Yekaterinburg - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It's cool. During my studies I got a bunch of new experiences. I walked around the city with Russian students. My program includes the study of the Russian language, it's very strange, but intresting language. Yekaterinburg beautiful city. The nature of the Ural unusual.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

All within a reasonable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Russia, Yekaterinburg

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Cozy and comfortable hostel, friendly neighbors.

* Food:

Russian food in diverse and delicious. I think it's worth a try.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

People are friendly, but the level of English is low. There is a slight language barrier. Fortunately program provides assistance in adapting to a different enviroment.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There is a hospital at the university where you are at any time.

* Safety:

Life is pretty safe (bears do not walk).

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

To come and settle you need 50,000 rubles, about $ 600. A week spent 2,000 rubles, about $25. Life is pretty cheap.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cheaper to cook at home than in cafe. There are special cards for public transport. You can ger a discount with a student ticket.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Russian people
* What could be improved?
  • Noting
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's interesting expirience.