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PSU Student from Columbia Wins Russian Language Contest

Fernando Castro (Columbia), 1st year student at the Faculty of Geology, PSU, took 3rd place at the Perm City Inter-University Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language.

In 2021, students from 9 countries and 6 Perm-based universities, entered the Olympiad. The contest tasks included a test, an written, and oral tasks. The winners of the Olympiad are:

1st place – Umaima Guidir, Morocco

2nd place – Wongai Chimamise, Zimbabwe

3rd place – Fernando Castro Eszibel Eloy, Colombia

To apply for the Olympics, contestants had to introduce themselves, talking about their age, studies and and hobbies, country of origin, future profession and future plans, as well as feedback about Perm.

The founders and organizers of the Olympiad were Perm Agrarian and Technological University; Perm City Youth Parliament; Perm Ethno-Centre Non-Profit Partnership; and Perm City Youth Palace. For the second year, the Olympiad takes place in online format. The has been supported by grant from Perm City Competition of Youth Initiatives Improving Inter-Ethnic Harmony.

Supporting the initiative, the grant competitors offer projects aimed at inter-university interaction of foreign students, improving inter-ethnic relations and international communication in Perm. Some projects regard social and cultural adaptation of foreign students, other aim to develop their creativity and individual progress, preventing inter-ethnic conflicts.

Russian Language for Foreigners? Give It a Try!

International undergraduates studying in Perm will take part in the IV City Inter-University Olympics Test in Russian as a Foreign Language, to be held on 30 November (10am, local time), in an online format.

Students of preparatory departments and 1st year undergraduates are welcome to participate. Certificates will be given to all the contestants. The winners will receive special prizes.

To participate in the Test, you must record a presentation video, and fill out the form. The video should contain answers to the following questions:

  • What is your name?
  • How old are you?
  • Where did you come to Russia from? (city, country)
  • What is your future profession?
  • Why did you choose to study in Russia?
  • What are your hobbies or interests?
  • How do you spend your spare time?
  • What do you like about Perm?

The answers may be video-recorded via phone, photo- or video-camera, and must contain clear image and sound.

Applications are accepted until 17 November, included.

Please, look for a full application link below the post.

Application form.

Details of the Competition.

Be inspired – Previously, we told you how PSU International Students Succeeded in Global Russian Language Test.

PSU Geographer Becomes Best Guide and Translator, Nationally

Azat Safaryan, Associate Professor, Department of Tourism, Perm State University (PSU) has been announced a winner of the All-Russian Professional Competition in Tourism, within a “Guide-Translator” sub-nomination. For the second year in a row, Perm-based professionals are being awarded this title.

Besides his research and teaching competences in Geography, Azat speaks fluent English. For more than five years, he has been showing progress as a guide-translator. He also contributed to the making of the Perm Map Brand App, a city database developed through real feedbacks from citizens.

The Perm Map Brand App allows users to learn about Perm landmarks, providing photos and locations, including museums, monuments, hotels, restaurants, dance clubs, learning and study sites, sport and yoga centers, gardens and parks, or just nice places for ‘picture opportunity’.

Perm is a multicultural community, and Azat bears roots in Armenian culture.

“Perhaps, my advantage is the fact I am not a native Permian. The mixed view on behalf both the local resident and a tourist gives me the opportunity to adapt the content individually for each visitor,”

says Azat Safaryan.

The All-Russian Professional Competition in Tourism is held annually by the Federal Agency for Tourism. 145 participants from 50 regions of the Russian Federation became its nominees on the federal level, in 2021.

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Learn New Profession with No Studies Sacrificed

Seeking for an extra advantage for your CV? Curious about studying in abroad, yet longing to upgrade your language? Looking for additional income, now?

Should you be positive about any of these questions, then the “Manager for Intercultural Communication” course at the Littera Language Center, PSU is likely for you!

Based on a credit-modular training system, the course combines core disciplines with a personal plan by the students: the English language and translation classes are accompanied by electives (business and academic communication, oral interpretation, and running city tours), plus optional modules (preparation for IELTS, mediation, second foreign language, pronunciation, intercultural communication, etc.). Both online and offline modes are available.

After completing the program, the student gets a certified diploma by Perm State University, stating the qualification of a Manager in Intercultural Communication. The diploma allows to officially perform as a specialist in international relations, a translator, a mediator, or a tour guide.

To remind, the Littera Language Centre is a part of the Regional Institute of Continuing Education, a division of Perm State University. It owns an exclusive license to run official IELTS and TOEFL international exams, regionally. The Center provides English language courses for adults and children on a constant basis. The teaching process involves communication techniques and CELTA international standards, as well as multimedia equipment, English native speakers and interactive formats. Since 2004, the Center has trained more than 5,000 specialists in the field of communication, translation and extended use of foreign language.

Learn more about the Program here (Russian source).

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