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.
Getting Acquainted with the Karelian Art
During these sunny summer days our international students have to study hard. But every day they don’t forget to meet the Karelian culture, either.
Yesterday our students visited the Art Museum of the Republic of Karelia. They were introduced to the Russian Old and Modern Art. The museum doesn’t possess a huge collection of the Russian Art but there is an exciting and impressive exposition of the Karelian Old Art.
Summer is the time to study joyfully!
So far it is the eighth summer students from the University of Birmingham (Great Britain) spend in Petrozavodsk University. Just as before, the youngsters came to study the Russian language, get to know the Russian and Karelian culture, and, of course, get a heap of new and, as we hope, pleasant impressions, as many of them visit Russia for the first time.
Feedback from Our Student from Belgium
Philip Saussez from Belgium spent 2 weeks in Petrozavodsk State University and told us a little bit about his study experience here.
Flea Market in Petrozavodsk
PetrSU foreign students from Turkey and Finland visited an unusual performance – international project “Thing in Itself” which was held on June 8-9 on the premises of “Petrovskaya Sloboda” complex. Its peculiarity lays in the combination of a traditional flea market and performances of artistic people.
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