Students’ Testimonials

Amelie HAHLER and Sophie REECK
Amelie HAHLER and Sophie REECK, Germany (International Master’s Program “Innovative Entrepreneurship”)
Amelie:
In Germany we are studying the double degree program, which is implemented jointly with SPbPU. Before us, no one came to St. Petersburg, and we decided to be the first, who had such an experience.
My expectations were fully justified. St. Petersburg is a very beautiful city with open people. There are a lot of cafes, restaurants, bars on the streets, also active night life and good music. Russians know how to have fun!
When we arrived in Russia, we planned to live in a student dormitory. But neither I nor Sophie had such experience. We realized that working on a master’s thesis requires a lot of concentration and attention. Living in a dormitory you can forget about studying because of many temptations. So we decided to rent an apartment.
In TU Berlin our program is called ‘Innovative Management and Entrepreneurship’, in SPbPU – ‘Innovative Entrepreneurship’. This is a very interesting direction that suggests new ways of development, new products and technologies.
Many people have a fear of the unknown. However, you should be a positive, and expect a lot of unforgettable impressions.
I'll advise everyone who comes to St. Petersburg go for a walk. The most important thing is warm clothes; the weather here is very changeable. Do not be afraid, be open to everything new! Remember, this is a unique opportunity to learn more about another culture, broaden horizons and make new friends.
Sophie:
Russia is an interesting and unusual country. I had a choice between Moscow and St. Petersburg, but Petersburg was closer to me.
I thought that Russian culture and studying would be rather different from Germany. In fact, there were no big differences between them. Our classes in TU Berlin can be structured differently, but the classes we attend in SPbPU are similar to lectures in TU Berlin.
There were no difficulties with finding an apartment, the program coordinators helped us. Many of our friends in Russia and Germany prefer to live in student dormitories, there is always fun and never boring. So this is a personal choice for everyone.
The learning process is full of group activities and discussions. Our program is really international, people from different countries of Europe and Asia study here. Because of cultural differences, it is sometimes difficult to organize the educational process. But it’s useful experience to better communicate with each other and learn new cultures.
For people who come to St. Petersburg for the first time, I would recommend going to the Palace Square. Many people have a fear of the unknown. However, you should be a positive, and expect a lot of unforgettable impressions.
Lidia GLUKHOVA
Lidia GLUKHOVA, Russia (International Master’s Program “Innovative Entrepreneurship”)
I graduated from the same program as Yulina: we both studied in the same grade and I absolutely agree with her opinion on our education. I chose the Master's degree program on "Innovative Entrepreneurship" based on the competencies offered and the possibility of constant interaction with international students.
I like it that one of the major features of the "Innovative Entrepreneurship" is group work. We have students from various countries in our group: India, Pakistan, France, China, Botswana. Team division happens on random basis, and you never know who you are going to work with at the next class. Such cooperation unites absolutely different people for generation of ideas, creation and development of projects. This brings the opportunity to gain experience of inter-cultural communication and team work. After graduation, students will also receive two diplomas: from Polytechnic University and TU Berlin.
I guess that the most difficult in the studying process is project activities. As I already mentioned, the group work is an important advantage of the educational program; however, at the same time, this is not an easy process, demanding high concentration. It is necessary to get cooperated, distribute tasks and choose the proper pace of work.
No doubt, I do recommend other students to choose international educational programs. However, be ready that studies ahead will not be easy: you will have a lot of projects to implement, to work in teams, and lots of practical tasks. We should be always included in the educational process.
After graduation, I would love to work on startups in the IT and nanotechnology spheres. I am looking forward for the new discipline on the "Development of innovative product." I am sure that the knowledge I got will help me to put my ideas into practice.
Hao GUO , (International Master’s Program “Innovative Entrepreneurship”)
It was quite easy to come to Russia. I had a slight Russian language background so I guess there weren't any other options of studying in another country. I chose Russia because of the Russian language first and international mindset.
The years of my study will always remain in my memories thanks to the pleasure time spent with my friends and the great opportunity of being an exchange student.
Now I just plan to work for a great international company and to diversify my study experience and study abroad again, in one of the following countries Singapore, Canada or USA.
Alexis CARDOZO , (International Master’s Program “Innovative Entrepreneurship”)
It was not easy to come to Russia but I am very curious – I wanted to learn a new language, new culture and to travel.
My classmates from different countries were great I will always remember our time together.
In the nearest future I plan to stay in Russia and try to open a business as well as to keep studying in PhD in Polytechnic University.