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 Post subject: Re: Foreign students in Belarus
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2014, 17:53 
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Minsk Herald has started placing in its I Want To Study in Belarus section descriptions of different universities that seem to be making a strong effort to attract foreign students. If there are any inaccuracies that you can spot, please let us know.

Meanwhile, as to problems that I can see for foreign students, beyond possible style of instruction (I've heard complaints of the use of rote memorization of "facts" and "figures" rather than teaching problem-solving, among others), would be language barrier (the ubiquitous "self-inflicted wound" of potential foreign students), and occasional bureaucratic problems (one graduate student I encountered had her study project canceled after she got here because of the failure to get approval from one agency).

But for undergraduate programs, what I see appears to be reasonable. The student activities are quite similar to what I've seen in American schools, and the tuitions seem to me pretty low. BSU made significant waves with its Top-500 rating with QS.

Who knows, maybe before too long there will be more than the occasional Fulbright Scholar coming from America to study in these parts...


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign students in Belarus
PostPosted: 13 Oct 2014, 18:40 
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annie_weird wrote:
n_ch wrote:
I think money is the answer. I don't know how many foreign students stay here after graduating, but they come here for affordable education.
When I was studying philosophy in BSU I had a fellow group member from China. We asked him why did he choose this country and this university and he always answered that education here is very, very cheap comparing to European countries and his own. At least twice! Besides, in China there is no such field of study as philosophy )
Another girl from China I knew confirmed that she has chosen Belarus for cheap education as well. She is studying plastic art in Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the price is also twice less than in China.



Totally agree! Being a foreign student in Germany right now and experiencing European style of education I hardly can imagine what else, except money issue, can make students come to Belarus to pursue a degree… It’s sad to acknowledge but our education does not encourage students to think, to express own opinions, to have own vision of different events. What is even worse is that professors and students are like two different “castes”! I hardly can imagine myself talking to my dean in Belarusian university or at least asking my professors some questions I was really interested in? If you ask questions – you are stupid.
I hardly can recommend anyone Belarusian universities. By the way if you see statistics you can notice that students from poorest countries come to study to Belarus.


I study in the linguistic university and we have a lot of foriegn students there! A lot of from China, Europe and few from the USA. YES, a lot of them chose to come to Belarus coz educational fees are quite low in comparison to their countires. But, many of them come here coz they want to get good quality educatiion here. Here's the example, We are Belarussians, right? Our mother tongue is Belarussian. Still many foreigners come to our country coz they want to master Russian. They don't go to Russia for that (yes money also matters, but if they were completely insatified would they consider going to the place where they will pay but get zero knowledge???)
Then, about not encouraging students think and be creative. We are so used to complaining that we dont want to admit our own fault. Ask yourself a question, if u had a choice to do ur own research or just to read already prepared materials as ur hometask, what what u do? This laziness is inside us not our teachers)


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign students in Belarus
PostPosted: 13 Oct 2014, 18:47 
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I guess main problem at the very begining what they face is the lack of people who can speak english. In the shop, in the university, at the station...Ive met one girl from Iran at the railway station, she couls speak no russian at all and it was her 2st time in bel.I have no idea how would she get anywhere if i wasn'r there. The lady selling tickets was obviously annoyed with her, people around seemed to be afraid...Thats sad actually :(


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign students in Belarus
PostPosted: 14 Oct 2014, 15:20 
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I guess, the main problem is that most foreign students are poorly adapted for living and studying in Belarus. First of all very few of them speak Russinan or even English very bad, or do not speak these languages at all. I can`t imagine how these students manage to learn for example at medical university if they don`t understand simple things telling in Russian or English?


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign students in Belarus
PostPosted: 16 Oct 2014, 18:11 
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I can say that I was faced with this problem in the Faculty of International Relations in Minsk. My friend has told me that there are a lot of foreign students there, especially from the eastern countries, such as Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. Despite the stereotypes, these people behave often not correct in relation to teachers, classmates and Belarusians in general. And it's not any kind of nationalism. Whether to blame their upbringing, the laws of their country or the high tuition fees that they pay compared to us, these students are aware that they are allowed to do everything and sometimes abuse this knowledge. They are rude to teachers, insolently pester the girls, neglect generally accepted rules at the university, like to impose their opinions or cultural practices and often behave just discourteously that doesn't make honor to their homeland. Naturally, the response will only be negative. Advise how to remove this problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign students in Belarus
PostPosted: 22 Oct 2015, 22:13 
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Dear students,
This month we organized Student English Club at Belarusian State University (BSU).
The club gathers together students from various Departments and Universities for spending time chatting in English or playing board games over a cup of tea with cookies.
Here you'll meet students from different countries and find out more about the places they're from.
Meeting place is: Physics Department BSU (5 Bobrujskaya st.) room 309, every Saturday from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m. (approximately).
More information you can find out from our community in social network vk.com/student_english_club.
Entrance is free! We aren't commercial project or english-courses, we're just students who want to socialise in english.
Come along and join us!


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 Post subject: Re: Foreign students in Belarus
PostPosted: 23 Oct 2015, 12:19 
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Vladislav wrote:
Dear students,
This month we organized Student English Club at Belarusian State University (BSU).
The club gathers together students from various Departments and Universities for spending time chatting in English or playing board games over a cup of tea with cookies.
Here you'll meet students from different countries and find out more about the places they're from.
Meeting place is: Physics Department BSU (5 Bobrujskaya st.) room 309, every Saturday from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m. (approximately).
More information you can find out from our community in social network vk.com/student_english_club.
Entrance is free! We aren't commercial project or english-courses, we're just students who want to socialise in english.
Come along and join us!


Thanks for the info, Vladislav, but this topic is rather about foreigners. :ni_zia: I assume that idea of your club is really good so, please, share your experience in the dedicated topic which has been recently created for promoting all English-speaking clubs in Minsk - Speaking English in Minsk: clubs, societies, parties ... . Post your informatiion about time, date inthere, ok?


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