‘With hard work and effort you can succeed in life’
For the fifth year in a row, St Petersburg University becomes the most popular university in Russia among international applicants. In 2023, about 5,700 applications have been received from international applicants as part of the selection procedure at the University. The applicants are from more than 100 foreign countries, which is 20% more than last year. Despite the global situation, that has been affecting the popularity of the Russian language in the world, the enrolment in the Preparatory Course for international citizens at St Petersburg University also increased this academic year.
Kianny Brown is a student from Costa Rica, she is currently enrolled in St Petersburg University’s Preparatory Course. Initially, she studied engineering in the homeland but then decided to change her major and come to St Petersburg. We asked her some questions about her decision to study in SPbU, her experience living in St Petersburg and her impressions of this city.
Could you please tell us the reason why did you decide to learn Russian? Is it related to your study subject or academic interests?
Before coming to study in St Petersburg I was studying electronic engineering in my country, however engineering did not please me, so together with my family we decided that studying medicine in Russia would be a perfect opportunity for my personal and professional development. I will be able to improve my employment opportunities in the near future, as well as establishing better social relations since Russian is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
How did you make up your mind to study in Russia and particularly in St Petersburg?
I enjoy discovering and learning about new cultures, and everything related to their history, literature, music, language, art and traditions, that’s why the city of St Petersburg was cataloged as a promising place for my future stay.
What is your favorite place in Saint Petersburg and why?
My favorite place is the canals of St Petersburg. Because I was dealing with the bereavement of a loved one and when I arrived here, seeing the water flowing through these canals meant that life goes on and that in spite of adversity, with courage and bravery, you have to go on through life.
How do you usually spend your weekends?
I usually go out with friends to see new places in St Petersburg, as well as to taste new food and dishes.
What criteria influenced your decision to apply to SPbU Preparatory Courses? What attracted you the most?
The fact that Saint Petersburg University is ranked as one of the best universities in Russia, and that its academic programme stands out among other universities played an important role.
The first half of the academic year at SPbU Preparatory Courses is over. What do you like the most during studying?
What I like the most is that you really have to make a great effort and work, because the Russian language is one of the most complicated, so when you understand its grammatical and conversational structure there is a great satisfaction.
What is your favorite phrase or word to say in Russian and why?
My favorite phrase is "терпение и труд все перетрут" (eng: patience and perseverance overcome all obstacles), since with hard work and effort you can succeed in life.
Do you have your own favorite learning Russian tips?
One of the best tips is to immerse yourself in the language, talk and interact with native Russian speakers. Also watch movies and videos in Russian, listen to music, as well as read books and readings of personal interest.
How do you find studying in an international group?
I consider it an enriching experience for the exchange of cultural and social knowledge.
Could you share your plans for the future? Where do you want to live and work?
In the future I plan to live in Costa Rica, where with the academic education obtained in Russia I can work in order to contribute to the social development of my country in a beneficial way.