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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

6 Reasons to Study at a Russian Polytechnic University and How to Get There | Masterstudies News

"Russia has long been known for its dedication to higher education.  Now international students are flocking to the country's affordable, high-quality universities where the combination of low living costs and high cultural returns give students an advantage in the globalized market.  Here's why you should consider a Russian polytechnic university for your graduate studies" inform Joanna Hughes, worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer.

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From its affordable, high-quality universities to its breathtaking architecture and rich culture,  there are many reasons to study in Russia. One university, in particular, offers a number of uniquely appealing benefits. Read on for a roundup of reasons to make Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, AKA “SPbPU,” your destination for international studies in Russia. 

1. You can do your studies in English.
As a cosmopolitan university committed to the belief that “knowledge is global,” SPbPU is gaining ground on the global scene. As part of its commitment to internationalization, SPbPU offers English language coursework across variety of levels, program types and fields, including Engineering, Natural Sciences, Economics and Management, IT, Design, and the Humanities. The school has also expanded its international and English-speaking faculty. 

Says SPbPU vice-rector for international relations Dmitry Arseniev of the opportunities at the master’s degree level, “There are about 20 competitive master’s degree programs in English, which are very popular among international students seeking the opportunity to gain knowledge from SPbPU lecturers and professors of overseas leading universities, get practice at the university’s labs, earn 120 ECTS and have an opportunity to study in a partner university abroad for a semester. Young people can study Civil Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Environmental Engineering, International Management, International Business and International Economics. And what is exceptionally important over nearly half of the programs are backed by a double degree diploma option.”   

2. You’ll have the opportunity to learn Russian.
Russia is a rising star on the global economic stage, and is expected to become a dominant supplier of raw materials by the year 2050. Due to the country’s up and coming status, Russian language skills can give you a serious inside edge when it comes to job marketability. Because of this, many international students prioritize Russian language coursework while at SPbPU. SPbPU is so welcoming to all of its international students, in fact, that they are even welcome to participate in an optional Russian language course – this particular course is even free for exchange students participating in English-taught studies. 

3.  You’ll have access to a solid infrastructure for international students.
SPbPU’s wide range of international education programs and cutting edge projects, top-notch teaching and research, and sterling reputation has earned the university a top 10 spot on the RUR Reputation Rankings in Russia. Because internationalization is an important part of its success, the university is committed to welcoming the contributions of international students and supporting their satisfaction. 

SPbPU’s consolidated campus consists of many modern facilities all within walking distance of each other, as well as green space and a premiere location between four metro stations. Says Maria Vrublevskaya, head of the international marketing and recruitment department, “The international campus of SPbPU is an accessible and understandable bilingual navigation system designed to create a comfortable environment for international students. Its structure composed of five key sectors: the information office, advertising center, international student admission office, expert center for credential evaluation and visa office.” 

Continues Maria, “In their free time, Polytechnic students take part in different extracurricular activities. They have opportunities to participate in exciting events and creative projects, to meet interesting people from different countries, and to gain new experiences and hobbies. Students can use the swimming pool, skiing center, weight lifting gym or climbing wall; play basketball, volleyball, football or tennis; and join different clubs, centers, theatres or laboratories.”
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