I’ve been in hardly extensible cold Siberia for 2 months now – but I’m still alive 🙂
I am spending my 4th theory semester at the Tomsk Polytechnic University, where I am taking various courses in engineering, finance and intercultural communication.
Tomsk itself lies quite in the southern center of Siberia.
Tomsk is a student city. Here there are about 100,000 students (sic !). This is particularly noticeable in the student quarter, the Lenin quarter and the Lenin prospectus (main street) – young people everywhere! As a result, life here is very pleasant. Many cafés, snack bars, bars and beside it Tomsk offers also still many cultural possibilities and some architectural beauties. Wooden houses with decorative carvings are very common here. This is nice to look at and gives a nice change.
Studying here is also very interesting. Exchange students attending a program in English are taught separately from Russian students. With a choice of 50 courses, it quickly becomes obvious that you are only 3–5 fellow students in one lecture. Very interesting.
The focus here is also on completely different things – you notice that you are studying at a technical university and the focus is clearly on the theoretical basics. I would be interested to know whether this is also the case at German universities. Things are noticeably different at the DHBW! A lot is also done here about housework. So my grade does not only consist of 100% of a final exam, but also e.g. 2 papers, 2 tests after 50% each of the lectures and 6 laboratory reports. I like this system because it allows me to spread the workload over the entire semester.
The equipment of the rooms is mostly modern, the other half shortly before exitus. But that’s what makes it so charming and gives every day a new thrill.
Besides the lectures I attend a Russian course every day. This is really great, because my Russian actually improves quickly and I can act more and more easily here in everyday life – because many older Russians do not speak English and since communication works best via language, it is important to speak the national language.
I haven’t been able to travel much yet. But I was able to finish 2 courses early, so I have long weekends now from Friday to Tuesday, which I hope I will be able to take advantage of in the future – because travelling in Russia takes a long time. It is more than 4 days by train to Moscow! The other way – to the Pacific too. Insane !
I am already looking forward to the next months and the warm temperatures.
Greetings to colleagues