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Student Testimonials

Students from the University of Passau (Germany) were successfully studying at the Law School for one year.

From September 2018 to June 2019, five students from the University of Passau were successfully graduating from the program «International and Foreign (Russian) Law» at the Law School of the Siberian Federal University. The compulsory curriculum for Hannah Baoyerle, Anna Bopp, Elina Gross, Helena Morozova and Maria Schmitt Helena was provided by the cooperation agreement between our universities. Moreover, the students had the opportunity to attend sports events that took place as part of the Winter Universiade 2019 in the Krasnoyarsk. Our German guests highly appreciated the organization the student Olympic Games.

Students from the University of Passau had the opportunity to study Russian law, in particular constitutional, civil and criminal law as part of the academic exchange. Furthermore, students studied Russian as a foreign language in addition to legal classes. Along with that students are engaged in a comparative legal study of various branches of law in Germany and the Russian Federation. Subsequently, students used the results of this research and wrote coursework.

Teachers of the Law School noted the great interest and immersion of German students in the material. For this reason, all students from Passau received good grades according to the results of the academic year.

German students studying under the «International and Foreign (Russian) Law» program can additionally master individual disciplines and double degree programs due to the fact that since 2014 there has been an agreement between our universities on the joint implementation of the «Deutsches und Russisches Recht» (double degree program) master's program. Subsequently, if such students enroll in this master's program, the studied disciplines can be credited to them.

After passing all tests and exams, students from Passau received a certificate indicating the studied disciplines and grades. This allows the University of Passau to credit the subjects studied at the Law School SFU under the educational program in Germany.

One of the students, Elina Gross, told us about her impressions of studying and living in Krasnoyarsk:

«Studying at the Siberian Federal University gave us many different emotions. At the Law School each course is divided into certain groups. Moreover, the group consists of approximately 30 students. Due to the fact that everyone should attend the seminars and the groups are relatively small, it was much easier for us, foreign students from Passau, to meet Russian students in our group.

Thus, we not only easily navigated at the institute, but also quickly began to communicate with many students. In addition, all professors personally knew the students by name, and were also kind of closer to us compared to professors from a German university, so we were not shy about asking different questions. We have always been helped with pleasure.

As for the organization of study and residence of a foreign student in Krasnoyarsk, firstly, it is necessary to note the existence of various things for life that the previous foreign students left for us, those who come to Krasnoyarsk. ... We also left some things for the next «generations».

What’s more, the international department was responsible for us and helped us in all areas of life. No matter what was discussed, one could always consult with them. We had special tutors. They were the third-year students of the Comparative Law Department, who helped us in the preparation and explained many questions on criminal, civil and constitutional law. We provided them different questions for our classes. Of course, we easily got along with our classmates and were happy to communicate with the guys.

Some tips for foreign students at SFU: you must definitely be able to adapt to your surroundings. In relation to any business, Russians do everything more spontaneously and often at once, i.e. when they say that you need to bring any documents to the department, then you really need to do this right after you know about it. The Germans are used to doing business before a certain date and within the established order, so for adaptation here some will have to change themselves. But when you have passed the period of adaptation, you will have a great time in the Siberian Federal University».

Nargiza Hamzaeva (Uzbekistan)

Master student, study programme — Biological Engineering, Institute for Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology.

“I finished my Bachelor's degree at the Agro-chemistry department, the faculty of Biology and Chemistry, Karshi State University, Uzbekistan. I wanted to get my Master degree abroad and I started to look for the universities. When I was looking for the relevant study programs I discovered the website called There I found the information Siberian Federal University and contacted the support office of the international students and they recommended me to visit the official website of the university. I saw SFU campus online and I liked it. When I came to Krasnoyarsk, this campus of Siberian Federal University looked much better than it was shown on the pictures - it was excellent. At the campus I found great facilities such as dormitories for students, university buildings etc. I really like the laboratory equipment in the departments, and the teachers which are really kind. So I didn’t have any problems with adaptation. Nowadays I am doing my Master research on the topic called ''Nutrition and Sirtuins''. In near future I am planning to go Lleida University in Spain and share my research findings.”

Santiago Palacios (Quito, Equador)

Master student, study programme — Biological Engineering, Institute for Fundamental Biology and Biotechnology.

“One year ago I finished my bachelor's program in Russian language at the Belgorod State University, so I speak very good Russian; also I know English, German and Spanish (my mother tongue).

I am very satisfied with the academic level of the Siberian Federal University. I really like the group of professors and state-of-the-art laboratories in which I conduct my research and write my Master thesis. My thesis topic is related to the techniques of bioluminescence in which the scientists of my faculty are experts. The true eminences of this field are very promising in my country and in the world.

I have already lived in Russia for several years and from my experience I can say that the university facilities and residences are of very good quality. And I believe that Siberian Federal University can compete with the best universities in the world.

In my research I test the efficiency of probiotics by applying bioluminescence techniques. And I want to thank professors and colleagues from my faculty for their help and support.

For now I want to successfully complete my Master's programme. I really want to get a PhD here, so now I am preparing for it and I already decided what topic I want study: “Development of Biosensors for the detection of infectious diseases using bioluminescence techniques”.

Ameer Ali Hussein (Baghdad, Iraq)

Master student, study programme — Banking, School of Economics, Management and Environmental Studies.

“This is my first year here in Krasnoyarsk and my second year here in the Russian Federation. I had two degrees in management: Diploma in Material Management from Institute of Administration Rasafa, Middle Technical University, Iraq, Baghdad. And I got my bachelor degree in Administration Management from Mustansiriya University, Iraq, Baghdad.

I chose this university because I found a good program (Banking) and it suited my background. Also I came here because I liked the pictures of the dormitories and study buildings. The studying here is very interesting and it offers unique programs, and education here is very sophisticated. Furthermore, I like that this university has a good rankings and it is globally recognized. There are a lot of foreign students here, especially Iraqi students. This indicates that this university offers good educational programs. This continuous increase of Iraqi students demonstrates that the facilities provided by the Russian State are of a great interest to Iraq students and we appreciate the good reception and hospitality provided by the competent authorities. Probably I would apply for a PhD programme, here in Russia, but I haven’t decided yet.

On behalf of all Iraqi students I want to thank the Russian Federation and in particular, the Russian Ministry of Education and the Siberian Federal University for the possibility of studying here.”

Abdul Rahman (Indonesia)

Master student, study programme — Petroleum Chemistry and Refining, School of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

“I graduated from UCSI University of Malaysia with a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering. During my undergraduate studying I started my research journey in the field of renewable sources; one of my topics of interest was the development of bio-lubricants from the palm oil manufacturing waste.

I was searching for the various possibilities to continue my study and this programme has caught my attention. Petroleum Chemistry and Refining School has proven to be the right choice and so far I have an outstanding experience by being a student here. This programme is also the best preparation for getting the job in the future. I like this programme as it has a strong focus on engineering skills and we have a lot practical work as well. The laboratory facilities in SFU are absolutely sufficient to comply with a broad number of research possibilities. My favourite is the Centre for Joint Use Equipment in Siberian Federal University as it consists of various facilities, for example IR Spectroscopy which can be used in many areas of research. During my research I study the development of phospholipid-based inhibiting compositions gained from oil industrial waste. Also, I am trying to find the best method of phospholipids extraction and establish selective phospholipids in corrosion prevention utilizations. After graduation, I intend to pursue a career in EPC or as Engineering consulting firms. Furthermore, I would like to apply for a PhD and continue my research in the area of green resources.”

Sreelatha Chandragiri (India)

PhD Student, School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Delroy Mcfee (Jamaica)

Bachelor, School of Mining, Geology and Geotechnology

“Is vital to study at a good university, one that aspires to give the best to its students, ensures that each student reaches his maximum potential. Through its reputation and my one year experience, SibFU is doing just that. It simply means that SibFU will always keep me engage, helping me along the path to success”.

Miloš Đurić (Serbia)

Bachelor, School of Space and Information Technologies

Joseph Donkor Appiah (Ghana)

Master’s degree student, program “Petroleum chemistry and refining”, School of petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

“My friend told me about SibFU. I think for the last two years we searched for schools to study petroleum and we tried several schools in Europe and America as well. My friend told me he has found a school in Russia and gave me the name of the school. He said he searched it online and it was SibFU. I checked it, the fees and Petroleum chemistry and refining program, and it was ok for me so I decided to apply. He also applied for the program. That’s how I got in SibFU. For me Russian education in terms of engineering and science is one of the best.”

Joseph Yau Dawson (Ghana)

Master’s degree program “Banking”, School of Economics, Management and Environmental Studies

“Compared with other countries Russia has affordable tuition fees.”

Aleksandr Mkrtchyan (Armenia)


International students of the Master's degree program “Petroleum Chemistry and Refining”

Department “Chemistry and technology of natural energy carries and carbon materials”, School of petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Siberian Federal University, visited Achinsk refinery

International students of the Bachelor's degree program “Automation of Technological Processes and Production in Metallurgy”

Students from Jamaica successfully graduated from the School of Non-Ferrous Metals and Material Science in 2020. 25 applicants were enrolled in Bachelor degree program “Automation of Technological Processes and Production in Metallurgy” in 2016. Their education was fully supported within a scholarship provided by UC Rusal. The company has several production units in Jamaica that need engineers and specialists in metallurgy, so the graduates will be highly employable in their home country.

Shannakay Dennis (Jamaica)

“The first months of studying were really difficult for us. When we had chemistry classes, we couldn't understand almost everything because of the language barrier. It was shocking! After a while it became easier to study, because we started to understand Russian and teachers also talked to us in English. Also, I had a very good impression after our practical training on Achinsk alumina refinery plant. It was a great opportunity to see what will be my future profession and how the actual process looks like. It has been almost five years of education at SubFU, and I am very happy to get my diploma!”

Calvin Johnson (Jamaica)

“The first year was really intensive, because we didn't know the language, and it was a challenge for us. But we had to keep practicing and eventually we coped with the problems. As for the Russian cuisine, I fell in love with borscht, it is very tasty! I wish a wonderful year for future international students and also I would like to give advice for them: if you are studying in Russia, try to speak with as many Russian students as you can, and you will understand Russian much better.”

Byron Young (Jamaica)

“Studying at SibFU was a great experience for me. I adore Siberian nature, especially a nature reserve Stolby in Krasnoyarsk. It is very beautiful there in winter. Russian cuisine is truly delicious, I like salo with bread and pelmeni the most.”

Nicholas Miller (Jamaica)

“First semester was the hardest for us. We were studying Russian language, and it was very difficult, but kind of funny at the same time, because we needed to remember many phrases in Russian like «I have four dogs and a big house». It was hard to get used to harsh Siberian winters, but now I feel like I'm a true Siberian and I can easily live here! There are many good places in Krasnoyarsk that I recommend visiting. For example, the viewing point near the Chapel. I also recommend trying Russian borscht!”

Junior Bartley (Jamaica)

“Before coming here I worked at RUSAL plant in Jamaica and I proved myself as a good worker, so I was sent here to get a higher education. During my study at SibFU I couldn't get used to Siberian winter. However, there are beautiful places that you can visit in Krasnoyarsk in summer and in winter as well. I enjoyed taking walks on the Yenisei river bank. A viewing point near the Chapel is also a very beautiful place. I would like to get a Master's degree here while working at the Krasnoyarsk smelter. I wish good luck and a lot of great experinece for future international students. It doesn't matter if you have a good or a bad experience, because bad experience also helps you to become a good person.”

Shadane Bucknor (Jamaica)

“I have met my wife Liza during my study at SibFU. Firstly, we have become friends when she was a student at the School of Philology and Language Communication (SibFU) and she decided to take additional classes of English with a native speaker. Now we are going to move to Jamaica, where I plan to pursue a profession. I have advice for future students planning to study at SibFU: do your best, study hard, and you will succeed!”

Mikel Hudson (Jamaica)

“Siberian winter was a big surprise for us! We left Jamaica, where it was +30 degrees, and arrived to Krasnoyarsk, where it was -33. I have no words to describe my emotions at that time! However, I'm glad that I came here, because studying in Russia at SibFU was a considerable experience. The most difficult subject for me was mathematics. Although other subjects were much easier, I also did my best! In addition to studying, I did several sports: athletics and rugby. I am very glad that I came here to study. Thanks to SibFU and RUSAL!”

Samara McFarlane (Jamaica)

“Studying at SibFU means a lot to me, because it was a great experience, it was cool! My groupmates have become a family to me, though we didn't know each other before, when we were living in Jamaica. The practical training at Achinsk alumina refinery plant was one of the strongest impressions during my studies. Before that, we learned a lot of theory and, finally, were able to apply our knowledge in practice. Aside from university, I did a lot of things. I was a cheerleader in Redyar club, I did athletics, and also I was working as a dancing teacher. After five years of hard study, my diploma is like a trophy for me!”


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