Karelia and Karelians: journey of the foreign students to the Karelian village
On August, 20 the Summer University of Institute of International Programs of Petrozavodsk State University organized for its students an outdoor studies on topic “Karelia and Karelians”. Students from France, Germany and Indonesia with their teacher visited unique Karelian village Kinerma, where they learned about the history and modern life of this settlement.
The feedback from the student, Tural Alizada
Tural Alizada, the student from Turkey, came to Petrozavodsk by the end of May. He studied at Institute of International Programs for three months. He is going to use Russian language for his future career.
Tural improved the level of Russian language, found new friends and explored Petrozavodsk.
The Summer Tales-2013
Despite the rain last Saturday a creative picnic called “the Summer tales” took place in a park by Studenchesky avenue.
International students of PetrSU visited the Kizhi Island. The same day the Kizhi regatta, which is an annual festival of shipbuilding and navigation, was held.
Things to do in Petrozavodsk while Studying
Petrozavodsk is a small town but there is plenty things to do.
If you like activities you could go to carting or climbing wall.
Karelia is the land of rivers and lakes and you have a chance to go whitewater rafting. After rafting you have an opportunity to try a traditional Karelian fish soup.
For those who enjoys being close to the nature there is a tourist-club at Petrozavodsk State University. Its members go hiking in the forest every weekend.
There are two equestrian centers where you could ride a horse with an instructor.
Farewell to the British Students
The students from the University of Birmingham spent one summer month in Petrozavodsk studying the Russian language at Petrozavodsk State University. As they had classes every day their language skills were considerably improving.
By the end of the course all of them successfully passed the final test. Each student was presented with a certificate of successful completion of the Russian language course. Our British students expressed their gratitude to the teachers and said that they would love to come to Petrozavodsk again.
There is no doubt that the students learnt more about Russia, the Russian culture and language while staying in Petrozavodsk. We wish them only good luck and every success in studying Russian and using their knowledge in their professional and everyday life!
A Weekend in Karelia
There was a lovely weather during the weekend in Karelia.
The foreign students went on the excursion to Ruskeala. The Marble Quarry of “Ruskeala” is the oldest open mining quarry, filled with natural water so clean, you can see 20 m deep. It is one of the most popular places in Karelia during summer time. The long trip to Ruskeala (5 hours) was worth it. The students rented boats and went to the quarry where they spent a couple of hours relaxing and admiring the landscape.
The next day the Directorate for international cooperation invited the foreign students to a picnic near the river in the town. The students got the chance to swim in the river, play football, communicate with the locals and just enjoy the wonderful weather.
On a visit to Puppets
This week our foreign students visited Tatiana Kalinina’s art gallery “The Puppet’s House”.
They got acquainted with the exhibition of puppet masters and artists works. The exhibition of the art gallery has repeatedly taken part in international tradeshows and theatrical festivals. Just like every other visitor of the enchanting “Puppet’s House”, the students left the art gallery with smiles on their faces and with fresh impressions.
Then the foreign guests were enrolled in a puppet-making workshop. Under the delicate guidance of a master our students made their own puppets in folk costumes, which they could take along as souvenirs.
Karelian Study Holidays
Last weekend was very eventful for the students from Birmingham. They visited our trademark sight the Kizhi island, challenged themselves on a rafting trip on the Shuya River, and enjoyed the town during the weekday evenings.
What amazes our guests most of all is the white nights Petrozavodsk shares with the town dwellers and visitors. They say they render a special touch to the town.
Petrozavodsk Impressions from our Birmingham Group Leader 2013 Rhys Stevenson
Our international students are so excited spending their days in Petrozavodsk now that they want to snatch an opportunity to share their impressions of the town with others. Here is the first robin from Birmingham group leader Rhys Stefanssohn about the 310th anniversary of Petrozavodsk.
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