Ex­pe­ri­ence re­port from Siberia

Ex­pe­ri­ence re­port from Siberia

Hel­lo, everybody,

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.

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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


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