UTMN: Record number of international students graduate preparatory courses

This year, the courses were held in a mixed format: forty-six students studied on campus and hundred thirty-two online. For students studying remotely, a special schedule of classes was organized, taking into account the time difference. Specialists of the preparatory department kept in touch with students from Colombia, Vietnam, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Sudan. Teachers and student volunteers — buddies supported students online.
One hundred thirty-five people enrolled in the Standard Program, twenty-five students chose the Intensive Program, and eighteen students took part in the Advanced Program. Thirty-four students have graduated with honors. Students could choose to study Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, or Humanities, aside from Russian language courses. The most popular was the Economics and Humanities tracks. Studying Humanities during the Preparatory year allows students to apply for a variety of programs — from Law to Education Studies. The economics track is popular among students participating in the exchange program with China Petroleum University.

During the year, students took part in scientific, educational, and extracurricular activities. Al Mir Yehya (Lebanon) took first place in the International Russian as a Foreign Language Online Olympiad (St. Petersburg State University). Calderon Montealegre Laurens Sofia (Colombia) and Moreno Urrego Ana Maria (Colombia) became diploma winners of the Olympiad.

The certificate awarding ceremony took place in the White Hall of the University of Tyumen. The staff of the International Students Recruitment and Integration Center and teachers of the Preparatory Department organized it.

“Dear graduates, we would like to thank you for sharing with us a piece of your unique culture. Throughout the year, we have become a family! Your achievements and victories are the pride of the University of Tyumen,” said Ekaterina Sechenova, UTMN Vice-Rector for International Relations, welcoming the participants of the event.

Alexander Seryakov, Head of the International Relations Department, in his congratulatory speech focused on the beauty and richness of the Russian language and Russian culture, wished the graduates success in further education.

Natalya Dzida, head of the Preparatory Department, thanked all the teachers for the high-quality work and, with thunderous applause, presented graduates with well-deserved certificates.

Most of the graduates will stay at the University of Tyumen and enroll in undergraduate and graduate programs. The most popular programs among international students are Economics,Linguistics, International Relations, and Tourism. In recent years, other programs have also gained traction: Mechatronics and Robotics, Information Systems and Technologies,Applied Informatics.

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