Students’ Testimonials

SPbPU Summer School of Russian Studies happened to be exactly the one that I was looking for! I wanted to boost my Russian language skills and at the same time discover St. Petersburg. So I decided to join 2 modules: I combined a week of General Russian with 3 weeks of Russian Language for Business Communication. In fact I enjoyed both of them, and I think they were equally useful for me. “Speak as a Professional” provided me with specific knowledge, specific terminology and expressions from professional speech. On the other hand, the General Russian course was just as important because if a person wants to speak a language properly, he or she has to be fluent in different fields. For me as a translator this Summer School was an extremely valuable experience, I think the skills I obtained will be useful for my job. What is most important, all my efforts paid off: in the end of the module I successfully passed the TORFL II Exam, so I am happy and extremely grateful to SPbPU for such a high quality of programs!
Ricardo Muñoz Nafría, translator in “Trivago”, Spain (Summer School 2017, modules “Speak as a Professional” and “Exploring the Russian Heritage”)
There isn't nuclear engineering in bachelor level in Finland, and as I was aiming to work in nuclear industry, Nuclear Engineering Summer School in Saint Petersburg was easy choice for me. In lectures I got lots of theoretical knowledge about nuclear physics and reactors to support my practical knowledge. Lectures weren’t too formal and they had a great atmosphere, it was easy to ask more from professors and they were willing to answer. Volunteers from university also did great job guiding and helping us, who mostly didn’t know the Russian language. Our group with multiple nationalities had great time sightseeing Saint Petersburg together. I made new friends and almost learned Cyrillic letters too!
Kantola Tuomas Mikael, South-Eastern Finland University Of Applied Sciences, Finland (Summer School 2017, module “Nuclear Engineering”)
First of all, I like Russian language, it is very melodic for me, that is why I came here. Secondly, I am studying Power Engineering, and a huge part of the Polish energy industry is connected with Russia. So I am sure that in future I’ll use my Russian language skills effectively. For me the most interesting part of the program was the Speaking club, because there we were talking only in Russian. Since my level is not very high yet, it was quite challenging for me not to switch to English and to speak Russian as much as possible. We discussed different topics and it was indeed very practical, I enjoyed my time in St.Petersburg a lot!
Sebastian Bialek, Silesian University of Technology, Poland (Summer School 2017, module “Exploring the Russian Heritage”)
Saint Petersburg is really a magical city with beautiful scenery, wonderful palaces and enthusiastic people. Located in such a gorgeous place, surrounded with really nice natural environment, Polytech University is surely a wonderful place to study. What's more, the professors and teachers are excellent in their fields. Thanks for this chance to visit Polytech, and the chance to fall in love with the city!
Yunfan LI, Beihang University, China (Summer School 2017, module “Mechanics in Natural Science and Technology”)
My experience in the course was amazing and unforgettable. The professors are great professionals. The classes were amusing and dynamic. The coordinators were always there helping. The entire course was a lot more vivid in such a city as Saint Petersburg. Also my classmates were all great people from all over the world. With them, it was more enjoyable touring the city. I would recommend this summer school to everyone!
Jorge MENÉNDEZ, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain (Summer School 2017, module “Open Your Mind to Russia”)
My teacher told us about the Summer School of Russian Studies at SPbPU describing it as an outstanding experience. Frankly, I decided to take part in it out of curiosity. And then I really liked it! Russian language classes were very important for me to improve my speaking skills, also they helped me feel your language better. Apart from the Russian language course I have taken an elective Russian Business Culture course which I truly enjoyed too! I think, the module is very well organized, we had many lessons and field trips, we learnt a lot, but we also had the time to walk around the city, explore it and see lots of beautiful spots. Architecture of St. Petersburg is so inspiring! I would like to work with Russian language, probably to connect my future career with some international company, or to work in a Consulate, that is why I plan not to stop on what I achieved but to move further.
Giulia Roncalli, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy (Summer School 2017, module “Focus on Russia”)
I absolutely love Russian language, and it was very important for me to study in SPbPU! The classes about the Russian Art and Culture were great. We learnt about the history, traditions and customs of Russia, as well as about politics and some social aspects. What is more, we had the chance to see Russia as insiders. I think that during this Summer School I could understand Russia in a rather good way. I am interested in International relations and I would really like to work in this country, so I hope to use my Russian language skills in this sphere in future.
Elizabeth Millet, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, France (Summer School 2017, modules “Focus on Russia” and “Exploring the Russian Heritage”)
I have participated in the module “Global Entrepreneurship”. Teachers really motivated us to work on our own project. During this project we learned how design thinking works and we got inspired on how to develop entrepreneurial thinking. Our team had people from France, Russia, Italy, China and Germany. So we got a great experience of working in international team and learned to see where we have our strengths and how we can support each other to get better. So it was a great adventure for me! Also Saint-Petersburg is a very beautiful city and the campus has the great location with all the parks around which makes it a perfect place to work and study. Thank you very much to all who have organized this course!
Christina Kremer, German Graduate School of Management & Law (GGS), Germany (Summer School 2017, module "Global Entrepreneurship")
I could say that the summer school apart of the academically course is a great personal experience where you could meet many cultures. Live in a country so far of home teach you get out of your comfort zone. About the course, it was a great experience too. I could learn a great topic that in my country do not exist, apart from that was possible for me learn many things that I never knew about this topic.
Esteban Jurado Gomez, University of Los Andes, Colombia (Summer School 2017, module “Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion”)
It was an amazing experience where I learnt to explore a different city and tested my limits. Living in a city with majority of outsiders speaking a foreign language was really interesting with only the warmth of the people pulling us through amid the cold days.
Ravi Singaram, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Summer School 2017, modules “Space Technologies”, “Turbomachinery”)
I had such a great time at Polytech summer school! The combination of university courses and summer vacation made the experience both meaningful and fun. The safe environment of the tutors, program coordinators and other summer students eliminated a lot of the struggles of travelling alone in an unfamiliar culture. I made a lot of new friends from all around the world, and the schedule had room for a lot of sightseeing around the city. The museums, Palaces and restaurants in the city centre were easy to reach by metro after school and in the weekends. The city of Sankt Petersburg is so colorful, and crammed with beautiful things to see and exciting things to do. Don’t think twice about it, just go!
Helene Lindberg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway (Summer School 2016, module “Mechanics in Natural Science and Technology”)
"I attended summer school with my classmates back in July 2016 and it was an unforgettable experience! I truly enjoyed myself, from touring the city of St. Petersburg, soaking in the sights, admiring the palaces, gawking at the views, even the lessons itself were amazing thanks to the professor. I will definitely recommend this summer school programme to my friends. Thank you SPbPU for this opportunity!"
Ang Yang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Summer School 2016, module “Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion”)
The integration of cultural and academic activities were very fitting for the "Open your mind to Russia" course. The elements of Russian language, history, and business culture come alive in the contexts that St. Petersburg and it surroundings provide. My views of Russia and its values have changed as much as could be expected from a three-week program, due to the flexibility of the programme both in and outside the classroom. Exceeding the formalities of the programme, the uniquely internation composition of the student population, spanning east and west, offers a remarkable environment reflecting the international position of Russia.
Stan Kesrtjens, Maastricht University, Netherlands (Summer School 2016, module “Open Your Mind to Russia 2016”)
I joined in the Reconfigurable devices program this year (sorry I can't remember the full name, it's a little bit long now) I would love to recommend you to join in the summer school! The experience is amazing! I met a lot of friends here, we keep in touch until now :) Hope to see them again. We did some travel in St. petersburg during the summer school, it's so nice there! And thanks to all the teachers who arrange the summer school, they really did a lot of job, including the boat trip, the excursion and so on. What's more, the class is provoking and useful, I learnt a lot this summer and gained interest in related field. Thank you all for the wonderful memories!
Junyi Huang, Harbin Institute of Technology Nangang District, China (Summer School 2016, module “Reconfigurable Microelectronic Devices”)
Recently I finished the Summer School at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. Here I had a course “Applied Tools of the Project Development” under the conduction of Professors Olga Kolosova, Gennady Kovalenko and Olga Sosidko. I chose this course because its content is tightly related with my topic of Master’s thesis and I wanted to learn more about project risks and how to manage them. During the course Professors introduced us with risks, gave the main idea of risk management and practical skills on a few computer programs commonly used for project risks. Moreover, we had interesting excursions to the local companies, such as “Elma” and “St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry”, where we knew about project realization based on real examples of Heads of organizations. It was very useful knowledge and the best way to study the subjects on course. In addition, every day I had improved my English communication skills and gained a lot of new friends from all over the world. That’s really cool! The last but not the least, the cultural program and events that we had within this Summer School was great and full of fun in one of the most beautiful city of the world – St. Petersburg. Despite its unpredictable weather with quite often drizzles, we enjoyed the fascinating city architecture, historical buildings, museums, especially the world’s famous Hermitage, a lot of theatres, and cathedrals and were totally amazed by the bridges’ drawing while our late walks at white nights. At the end, I would like to say for future students, who are planning to take part at the next Summer School at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University that “it is a unique opportunity to broaden your vision, enrich your culture, grow professionally and obtain all these unforgettable new experiences in a wonderful city called St. Petersburg”.
Sakura Bissenbayeva, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan (Summer School 2016, module “Applied Tools of the Project Development”)
I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to join Summer school program at SPbPU. It was one of best experience of my life. I have met so many wonderful people throughout the Course, even teachers were so cooperating .Thank you so much to our coordinators Darina Klimova and Veronika Denisova for all the time and efforts they put in so that each and every student enjoy and feel comfortable. Each and every moment I spent here was fabulous and I definitely recommend Students to join summer school at SPbPU.
Gagandeep Singh, Chandigarh University, India (Summer School 2016, module “Sustainable Development in Civil Engineering”)
I can describe my summer school at Polytechnic University as the most amazing cultural experience in my life. I learned so many things inside and outside the classroom. I loved St. Petersburg, and the people I met over there, and i plan to visit Russia again someday!
Lavezo Giovanna, UNESP, Brazil (Summer School 2016, module Graphic Design and Visual Communication)
Summer school in Russia was something unexpected I did for my summer. I am amazed at the degree of immenseness into the local culture the St Petersburg Polytechnic University offers to its international students, with tours to the more popular places in the cities and friendly tutors who are happy to help. St Petersburg is a cultural treasure trove that rivals any major city around the world, and I spent much of my extended stay exploring its museums and walking along the wide boulevards. I highly recommend the Summer programme at St Petersburg for individuals who want to experience something different for their Summer holidays.
Zhiting Ang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Summer School 2016, module “Polymers for biomedicine and electronics”)
I think it is a precious and unforgettable experience to study in the summer school of spbstu. The tutors and local students are nice, helpful and professional. I have learnt a lot from them. Moreover, there were many different visits and activities for us to let us know more about Russian culture. I have much fun in Russia and miss the days in the summer school.
Wong Yin Sum, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, China (Summer School 2016, module “3D design and Digital Fabrication”)
The Architecture & Civil engineering summer school at SPbPU was a fantastic experience, not only regarding the lessons and what I learnt in class, but it was also fascinating to get to know the Russian culture and the amazing city that is Saint Petersburg. Besides, I´m truly grateful of having had the chance to meet people from all over the world and sharing all kinds of experiences with them. In conclusion, my days at SPbPU will be something that I will never forget.
Benjamin Peralta, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile (Summer School 2016, module “Architecture and Civil Engineering”)