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Student voices


Kristóf Homoki / Hungary
 

I started my studies at the HSE in 2015. Since then I am very glad that I chose this university because it helped me to develop personal and professional skills. Thanks to the unique atmosphere of Saint Petersburg, nice fellow students, and kind teachers I can say that HSE became a second home for me. Thank you Vyshka, thank you Saint P for this amazing experience.

 


Anželika Varblane / Estonia
Master’s programme 'Experience Economy: Hospitality and Tourism Management'

 

Now, in a year and a half of study at HSE’s Experience Economy programme, I can say that my positive expectations about the tuition and the university are fully justified. I believe that the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg is the best university in the city, or maybe even in Russia. Almost all the internal processes are built in a wise way, faculty staff is polite, friendly, and professional in their fields of responsibility, security and cleaners are nice and attentive.

During my studies I met a lot of highly-motivated, educated, and active people; my classmates and professors – as there are students from across the globe and invited professors – are now my professional network in Russia and worldwide. I really enjoy that we study in a modern and well-equipped building with library, café, canteen, recreational areas, comfortable rooms. A range of events and meetings with experts and invited professors from Europe are conducted in English. One more thing I like most about my programme and studies: we all support each other like a big family.

 


Aikaterini Kandylidou / Greece
Master’s programme 'Experience Economy: Hospitality and Tourism Management'

 

In general, my life in Russian Federation is very interesting, first of all because the mentality of people is very different from European Union countries and from Greece. Every day I learn something new about history, culture and politics in Russian Federation. It’s a great opportunity for me not only to learn about tourism management but also being part of a society that is totally different from Greek. Weather, people, food, educational systems are all part of an interesting puzzle that I need to solve in my every day’s life.

What I like the most in this country is how proud the people are about their country! It’s amazing to watch them talk about their culture, attractions, history... I am very proud of myself that I have chosen something so different and unique where I will not only learn educational tools for my working future but also being better person. Last but not least, I need to tell to all of us that we only grow up when we leave our comfort zone behind us.  

 

 

                                                                                                                 

Zhang Caiyu / People's Republic of China

Master’s programme 'Experience Economy: Hospitality and Tourism Management'

 

I had an impression that the Higher School of Economics completely different from the traditional Russian universities, as it’s truly modern, internationalized, open and, what is the most important, actively developing educational institution. I’ve never experienced such a unique approach to education used here, but I was enthusiastic to try it, I even had a feeling that HSE is the university, where I always dreamt to study. Therefore, without any doubts I applied for a study in HSE, and after completing all the formalities I was successfully enrolled. In September 2017 my wish was fulfilled, I arrived at St. Petersburg and now I can say It was “love at first sight”.

Ones you set foot on this beautiful city, you’ll never forget the power of its culture. Historic buildings of the city are represented by the European baroque style of 18th century and classicism. St. Petersburg deserves to be called “cultural capital of Russia”. I am impressed by its marvelous sceneries over and over again. Its deep cultural atmosphere attracts peoples from every corner of the world.

The campus where I study is located in this marvelous city. Interdisciplinary approach to education and research with the teaching philosophy focused on internationalization is one of the major features of HSE. The university organizes research-led academic, project, expert and socio-cultural activities based on international academic standards. There is an international team of teachers from 25 countries, who combining Russian education traditions with the best teaching and research practices from their countries.

HSE is a dynamic university, which sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation. I really enjoy studying here and I will do my best to finish my master's degree and make myself an excellent specialist in my field.