Experience Report from Timo Koenig
I can absolutely recommend studying at the Linguistic University in Nizhny Novgorod. I went there as a German exchange student from Magdeburg and I am glad I did! What I liked a lot was the good relationship between professors and students. You can always count on their help and understanding when you need it. This concernes both organizational and scientific questions. The university has a very strong reputation throughout Russia as one of the best in fields of linguistics and translation, but it is not less competent in other fields such as international relations and politics. As far as political discussions are concerned it is interesting to reflect your own positions in the light of another point of view. In any case it is always better not only to hear about foreign countries, but to see it all with your own eyes, talking and discussing with people. The students-apartment were I lived is really close to the university (5 minutes walking) and the location is fantastic in any way. You have the Volga running right next to you, including one of the most popular streets for foot walks on its bank. One has lots of possibilities to practice Russian, since one can have daily contact with local students. On the other hand you are never lost with weaker language skills, as this is a linguistic university. One will always find someone who talks English, German, French or some other widespread language. And people are going to be happy to communicate with you! Language has to be practiced and here you can learn one from another.
Experience Report from Maike Weitzel
My name is Maike Weitzel and I was an exchange student at the faculty of International Relations of the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod for the academic year 2014/15. I am from Germany, where I study European Studies at the University of Magdeburg. When I decided to study abroad, I chose the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod, because of the long and strong partnership of these universities. Right from the start, the university helped us in every possible way. The university even helped my fellow students and me to get to Nizhny by organizing a shuttle bus from the Moscow airport.
We stayed in the university dorm, where two or three people shared a bedroom and two rooms (5 people) shared a bathroom. The rooms are all comfortably furnished and comparably low priced. Each corridor has its own kitchen, which is shared between all students. This creates a very nice atmosphere and is a good way to get to know other students. Each floor of the dorm has a caretaker who keeps everything organized. A cleaning lady cleans the kitchen, bathroom and hallways every day, so that everything is always neat.
The university is rather small, but has a lot to offer. Students and lecturers have a very close relationship and lecturers are always there to help. I took classes at the faculty of International Relations and Russian classes. The Russian classes were very educational and a lot of fun. I have learned so much! The lectures and seminars at the Faculty of International Relations were also great. I got to know the Russian view on current international conflicts and challenges and believe that I now have a greater understanding of Russian politics. Even though opinions differed now then, the lecturers were open for discussions and explanations.
I can recommend Nizhny Novgorod to anyone interested in studying in Russia. Being one of Russia’s biggest cities, Nizhny has a lot to offer. The city is located at the mouth of the river Oka into the Volga. The university and the dorm are located in the historic part, close to the city center. The historic part of the city contains the Kremlin with its many museums, several monuments and the Pakrovskaja Street with its stores, bars and cafes. Nizhny is also a good place for those who like to travel. The train station offers many train connections to the western parts of the country, but serves also as a “Gate to Siberia”.
I had a wonderful year in Russia and hope, that many more will chose Nizhny as their destination for studying abroad.