Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation, Russia
Country of origin: Russia
Study course: MSc in financial mathematics
Why did you decide to study abroad?
My victory in the competition for Presidential Scholarship provided me with a unique opportunity to spend a year abroad. Previously, I haven’t even thought about studying abroad, as foreign education was financially impossible for me. Later, in mid-September 2015, whlist waiting in the airport for my flight to the UK, I was dreaming about a year full of adventures and opportunities to explore the world and find myself. It was the first time I was leaving my family and friends, diving into the unknown; but I wasn’t afraid. I was delighted with a vision of a new life beyond.
What made you decide on this university?
My choice was a Northumbria University, located in the Newcastle upon Tyne, as a partnership program with this university allowed me to complete a BSc program in just one year (as previous classes in my home university were transferable). Moreover, I read a lot of positive reviews about this place (all of them later appeared to be true!).
How is your experience of studying abroad?
One year abroad gas been a life-changing experience. All the friends I made, the things I learnt, the adventures I went through made me mature; they provided me with a powerful momentum, pushing me forward. Just a few facts: I crossed the UK (Newcastle to Bowness on Solway) in 3 days, lived in a Buddhist monastery, performed my songs in pubs, walked over a total of 120 km during a week in London, and my scientific research received a top mark, and my supervisor laster presented it at a conference in in London.
Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
I wouldn’t say exactly “at my university”, but studying abroad is an important step towards personal growth and professional development. I promise you that studying in Moscow in the long-term will become one of your brightest memories, as there are distinct differences in lifestyle and culture (compared to any European country).