Students of ASU Study in France

05.07.2017

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Students of Astrakhan State University, who participated in the Erasmus+ Program, completed their studies at the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis and at the Nice Sophia Antipolis University in France.

The following students of ASU went to study in France: Ekaterina Cherkashina and Alexander Bashkin (the Department of Agricultural Biotechnologies, Engineering, & Agribusiness of ASU); Alexander Churzin, Maksim Chudinov, Leyla Shayakhmetova, Sergey Goryanin, Irina Grigoryeva (the Department of Mathematics & Information Technologies of ASU); Zarina Khodarova, Dmitriy Reztsov, Nikolay Svischchev (the Department of Physics & Technology of ASU). During the term they spent in France, our students studied disciplines related to such specialties as Information Technologies, Mechanical Engineering, and Biotechnologies. The European techniques, which included the lab approach to studies, helped our students enhance their competencies significantly.

The participants of the program shared their impressions.

Sergey Goryanin (a future master from the Department of Mathematics & Information Technologies of ASU): “I chose MBDS Master-2 to cover in France. We had such courses as Java Web, Fraimwork Grails, REST API, HTML5, CSS3. JS, Node.js, .NET Technologies, SQL, NoSQL Databases, NFC, and Mobile Programming. They were of great value for me, as they helped me extend my overall perception of ICT and enhance my competencies in this field. We were given mainly lectures. Once we completed a course of lectures, we were to make up a team (as rule, two to four students) and carry out our joint project in that discipline”.

Zarina Khodarova (a future bachelor from the Department of Physics & Technology of ASU): “I studied Mechanical Engineering. All the disciplines were delivered only in French. I faced the language barrier, but I didn’t get lost. We had French language courses twice a week. I was lucky to have warm-hearted groupmates: if I didn’t understand something, I could always ask them for help. We often stayed on after our classes to study the material together. Thanks to my studies at the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis, I gained real experience of cooperation in an international academic environment, develop my skills of intercultural communication and teamwork, make new friends, and get new knowledge”.

Nikolay Svischchev (a future bachelor from the Department of Physics & Technology of ASU): “Our professors in Valenciennes were very kind and always ready to help us. They answered all our questions about our studies; they spared us their free time to explain this or that theme to us. They backed my project to produce a milling machine with numerical program control; the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis provided me with a material base to manufacture it”.

Leyla Shayakhmetova (a future bachelor from the Department of Mathematics & Information Technologies of ASU): “I dreamt about visiting France since my childhood. At school, I was fond of the French culture; French was one of my favorite subjects. This training in France is surely precious experience of life on my own, adaptation to a new setting, intercultural communication, and rethinking of values. Once you learnt to be responsible for yourself and for others, you’re beginning to appreciate others’ help; when you travel, you discover new places and get more devoted to your home place. Now I understand that I’d like to live only in Russia, speak Russian, and try to enhance what we already have by learning more about other countries and introducing their good habits into our life”.

Maksim Chudinov (a future bachelor from the Department of Mathematics & Information Technologies of ASU): “We got much information at lectures and workshops, but we spent our time mostly to study on our own, so we had to master time management skills. The Erasmus+ Program is not just getting new knowledge; it’s also a real opportunity to extend our world perception and identify what suites us best. This program really changed me; it made me purposeful, self-disciplined, and open for whatever is new for me”.

Ekaterina Cherkashina (a future bachelor from the Department of Agricultural Biotechnologies, Engineering, & Agribusiness of ASU): “I studied mainly in the town of Cambrais, just as any student of the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis who specializes in natural sciences. I studies biotechnologies and food processing. The main advantage of studies is their hands-on approach. Students get some theoretical material, but classes take place mainly in labs. Any student can use modern equipment during their practical workshops. So you should study foreign languages, and if you get a chance to go to a foreign university, go there, and you shall never regret that!”

Alexander Bashkin (a future bachelor from the Department of Agricultural Biotechnologies, Engineering, & Agribusiness of ASU): “It was my first time abroad when I went to study in France. I thought my studies in France would be very different from my studies in Russia, but actually I didn’t feel much difference (except for the language, of course). I faced some difficulties when I had to study disciplines that were new for me; yet, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Folks, don’t be lazy, go, try, and experiment. All that’s a large life experience for you”.

Our students got bright and memorable impressions not just while they were studying in France, but also when they saw the sights of Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Antibes, and Montpellier.

The Erasmus+ Program really contributed to development and enhancement of friendly relations between the two French universities and ASU.

Russian original information source: M.I. Trunilina (the Unit of International Relations of ASU)

Russian original photo source: the above-mentioned students of ASU

Translated by E.I. Glinchevskiy (REC “Caspian Higher School of Interpreting & Translation” of ASU)


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