Students of Bachelor's Program at Innopolis University (Spring, 2022-2023 AY)
“I always wanted to go somewhere for an Exchange programme, but I was not sure where to go. Couple of weeks before the application deadline a new university was added - the university I have chosen as my first option - The ‘Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember’” - Adela Krylova
“Until the very last moment, I was not sure if I would go for an exchange. Initially, I chose 2 universities where I would like to go for an exchange. After the deadline for the forms came and all documents were submitted, I realised that I did not like my choice of the second university, so I was only left with the first one - ‘Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember’ or ITS.” - Roman Makarov
In several months we learnt that we are the first students from IU, who will take part in the Student Exchange programme at ITS.
Right after our arrival we understood that Indonesia is not only Bali, and Surabaya is far from a tropical paradise. We spent most of our time in Indonesia on Java Island. The International relations Office organized numerous events for Exchange students, so that we could learn more about Indonesian culture and have a smoother adaptation process. For example, we spent 3 days in a local village, we saw a sunrise over magnificent Mt. Bromo and tasted many local foods.
In the eastern Java region foreigners are rare guests, so local people were amazed to see us. The university staff was very nice to us, they were interested about our university and life in Russia. Moreover, they wanted us to explore their traditions and culture, so we were often invited to join public events or just to try traditional food. One of ITS professors even invited us to join his family for dinner.
The studying process was well-organized, and we had numerous holidays due to several Muslim celebrations, so there was enough time to both study and travel in the course of this program.
Overall, thanks to the Exchange programme we gained new experience in our study field, learnt a lot about Asian culture, different religions and met a lot of motivating people.
Lectures at <b>Sapienza University (Italy)</b> were engaging and containing complicated topics in an easy-to-understand form.<br> <br> I would recommend students who wish to go on an exchange program to take part in all possible activities which partner university can provide, visit the county of exchange, and make friends.<br>
<p> Though my exchange at <b>Luxembourg University</b> was affected by COVID-19, I would still say it was amazing<br> </p>
I had a chance to dive into the history of the foreign country. During the exchange at <b>METU (Turkey)</b>, I lived with friends and one of them was Turkish. This guy showed the key places in Ankara and gave a short review of modern Turkish history. The brightest day of my exchange program was the day of Remembering Ataturk on 10th November at 9:05 AM when I met many people outside in a crowded street to see how the nation respects its father.
<p> It was a warm spring night with cherry blossom trees around, I and 20 more exchange students at <b>KAIST (South Korea)</b> from all around the world met on the roof of the library to drink Korean soju and sing American songs. </p>
<p> I had a chance to study with Korean students at <b>Seoul National University (South Korea)</b> for a short term to see how hard they study in their university. </p>
I chose <b>METU</b> because of its reputation and high ranking in the area.
I chose <b>Seoul National University (South Korea)</b> mostly due to its high rankings and high quality of education that is recognized in Korea and worldwide.