PSU Linguists Acquire to Academic Mobility

3rd year students in Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature have completed their internship at the International Academic Cooperation Office, PSU. Their activity has been connected with applications for Erasmus+ European cooperation programs.

Elizaveta Kell and Olesya Likhareva contributed to the project “Enracing Inclusion and Equality in Hybrid Teaching and Learning” – defining the concept, goals and objectives, filling out the application form in English. The students attended international meetings with foreign universities, where the targets of creating a project consortium and defining the roles of each partner were discussed.

Olesya Likhareva shares her impressions on doing a project on hybrid learning: “We liked to create English texts in formal business style, upgrading our professional skills. The project dealt with the improvement of higher education through a hybrid format, incorporating both offline and online practices. Such a mixed approach is being especially relevant during the pandemic.”

Mizhgona Giyosova, Margarita Yurkova, Alena Kardakova, Valeria Titova and Marina Smirnyagina worked on the project “Virtual Exchanges in Climate Research”. They mastered and perfected the skills of planning an international project, drafting a project proposal in English, risk management, working in a project team, negotiating with Russian and international partners.

Natalya Dobrynina, head of the International Academic Cooperation Office, noted the ability of PSU interns to work in a team, interact with colleagues, use background knowledge and conduct search.

ADA University, Azerbaijan, Invites for Academic Exchange

Love diplomacy? Enjoy Eastern culture? Looking for academic exchange opportunities?  

ADA University (Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy) invites PSU students to study under the academic mobility program for the autumn semester of 2022-2023. Students of 2-3 years of bachelor’s and 1st year of master’s degree are invited to participate in the competition.

Programs in English are offered for study. Applicants must provide the following documents:

  1. Copy of foreign passport;
  2. Certificate of study at PSNIU;
  3. Transcript of progress (an extract from the grade book or transcript of records in English);
  4. Certificate of English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL certificates or teacher’s certificate).

Interested? Please, send your documents to: Academic Mobility Office, PSU International Department before 10 March, 2022.

For reference:

ADA University (ADA), founded in 2006 as Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, was transformed into university in 2014.  Its main objective was initially to train experts for a diplomatic career in national foreign affairs. By time, its programs expanded, hence the university status.

At the present moment, ADA has four major faculties:

  • School of Public and International Affairs (teaching: BA in International Relations; BA in Public Affairs; MA in Diplomacy and International Affairs; Master in Public Administration; Law);
  • School of Business (teaching: BA in Business Administration; BS in Economics; Master of Business Administration);
  • School of Education (teaching: MA in Educational Management; EAPP);
  • School of Information Technologies and Engineering (teaching: BS in Computer Science; BS in Computer Engineering; BS in Information Technologies; MS in Computer Science and Data Analytics).

Please, see detailed info about the ADA University here and its courses here.

Learn and Publish with Faculty of Economics, PSU

Does PSU run workshops and programs in English? What extra opportunities does the University provide for its scholars and students? And, why publications matter for your future progress?  

On 21 October, a workshop uniting Australia, Republic of Ireland and Russia took place at the Faculty of Economics, Perm State University.

The workshop allowed its participants to meet with the editorial teams of the Journal of Management Education (JME, SCOPUS) and Management Teaching Review (MTR) – learning about journal sections and the publishing process, getting feedback on specific article ideas.

Moderators and speakers included, Ms Ekaterina Chuchulina, Office Head at PSU Project Office for International Cooperation, Associate Professor at the Department of Business Studies and Economic Security, PSU; Dr. Paul Donovan, MTR Editor, School of Business, Maynooth University, Ireland; Dr Marissa Edwards, Lecturer in Management, UQ School of Business, University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

According to Ekaterina Chuchulina, the workshop improved participants’ skills in international academic publication activity. Having acquainted with the Scopus-based journal opens up new perspectives for the Faculty of Economics. As a result, the PSU teaching fellows received detailed instructions on publications, sections-based data, target research groups, as well as an invitation to join the editorial team as reviewers.

Why publications in English matter? Academic thesis usually requires articles in professional journals, which testify for one’s knowledge of subject and serve recognition of personal progress, worldwide. PSU Faculty of Economics runs several international business programs designed for foreign and Russian students – allowing to upgrade their knowledge in Economics and English language, growing competencies in international business, management, intercultural communication, and more. So, publishing an article might be a worthy step in following your professional and study career!

Interested in studying Economics at PSU, or collaborating as a scholar – for research and publications? Feel free to ask your questions to:

Ekaterina Chuchulina, Office Head,
Project Office for International Cooperation,
Perm State National Research University (PSU),
Faculty of Economics, building 12, office. 203

(Whats App,Viber), tel.: 89223576757
instagramm: International_economPSU.

Academic Exchange with Myongji University: Call for Applications

Department of International Relations at Perm State University (PSU) informs about the opportunity of studying in the Republic of Korea – along the academic mobility programs for the autumn 2021-2022 semester at Myongji University. The applications are due to 10 May, 2021.

Students of 2nd-3rd years of bachelor’s degree and 1st year of master’s degree are invited to participate in the competition.

Applicants must provide the following documents:

  1. a copy of applicant’s international passport;
  2. a verifying letter showing the academic status by Perm State University;
  3. transcript of progress (an extract from the grade book or transcript of records in English);
  4. a letter of motivation in English indicating the intended direction of study;
  5. a certificate of English language proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL certificates or a certificate from the teacher).

Electronic copies of documents, as well as any possible inquiries should be addressed to the Academic Mobility Office, Department of International Relations, Perm State University: + 7 (342) 239-66-55.

For more information on applications and related documents, please, see the following link.

Additional information on living costs and courses available might be found here.

The deadline for applications for Department of International Relations, PSU is 10 May.

Myongji University (명지대학교; 明知大學校) is a private university founded in 1948 in South Korea. It provides higher education in the fields of engineering, sciences and humanities. It has two campuses: the Social Science Campus is located in Seoul and the Natural Science Campus is in Yongin which is 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of the capital. It is made up of 10 colleges, 42 departments, seven faculties and eight specialized postgraduate programs, aimed at educational and research activity.

PSU Student from China Interviewed by Local Media

At the present moment, more than 3.500 international students study in Perm and Perm region. Not only do they come here to study, but also learn Russian culture, in person.

Duan Jingzhi, a PSU student from China spoke to local news agency about his life in Perm, Russian people, attitude to rallies, the pandemic and much more. Duan Jingzhi is 25 years old, he comes from the Chinese province of Shandong, located close to the Yellow Sea.

How did you find yourself in Russia?
I have been living and studying in Russia for 4 years. My home university in China cooperates with Perm State University, so I naturally headed to Perm. Back then, I studied Russian for several years and decided to come here to continue. It was difficult to get in, since there were many who felt the same way, and everyone was taking an exam in the Russian language, similar to your Unified State Exam. I passed it successfully, and here I am.

By the way, in Russia it is much easier to get a diploma or enroll in a master’s program than in China.

For my bachelor’s degree, I studied philology and Russian literature. Now I am studying Sociolinguistics and Intercultural Communication for my master’s here, at the Faculty of Philology, PSU.

I also run private lessons in Chinese, for children. So far, I teach 6 students.

When I arrived in Perm, it turned out, I did not know Russian quite well. Luckily, I met some Chinese friends here, they helped and explained me a lot. I didn’t see any problem with shopping or using the public transport. Yet, using taxi appeared a challenge. I mean, when the driver fails to find me and gives me a call, it is difficult for me to explain where I am, or where to go.

Studying the Russian Language
I believe my level of Russian is not quite high enough. In speech, I find stresses extremely hard. Also, you have so many grammar rules, that I can’t remember them all. And, I’m not talking about grammar cases, yet…

I try to understand proverbs, or phraseological units. Still, I can’t comprehend them all, so hard is to grasp their meaning.
Of the most difficult words, on the verge of my pronunciation, I can say ‘dostoprimechatelnost’ (sightseeing attraction). Whenever I hear any technical terms, from the professional vocabulary, I can’t pronounce them either.

I really like Russian poetry, we study it a lot in China. It does contain plentiful meanings, and they sound great, too. I love Pushkin and Lermontov.

I know Russian ‘mat’, obscenities, but I don’t use it. I don’t teach my friends in China such words, but they learn it from the Russian TV shows. There’s almost as much swearing in Chinese as in Russian. A funny fact, the Russian word ‘tipa’ (likely) sounds like a male genital organ in Chinese, in its obscene meaning.

“My Name is Ivan”
Yeah, that’s true, my name is Vanya, or Ivan. Since my home university cooperates with PSU, Perm teachers visit us often. Once, one of them brought a list of popular Russian names, during the class – like Andrey, Dima, Kostya, Vanya and so on. I chose mine, as it seemed to me the most simple one, and when I arrived to Russia, I introduced myself to everyone as Ivan. And, my girlfriend Yanhau took the name Margarita.

On Chinese Food and Local Cuisine
I cook only Chinese food – I’m not used to Russian cuisine, the spices are not the same. Although, I can occasionally eat borsch or bliny (pancakes).

There is no shop or market of Chinese food in Perm, so you have to order it from the nearest region, the city of Yekaterinburg. It is tiresome, at some point. I also go to Chinese restaurants. Before the pandemic, there were several good ones here, but now there is only one. It used to hire a chef from China, and the food was decent. Now that he has quitted, their Chinese food is getting a Russian flavor. I also often go to fast food, for some reason it tastes better in Russia than in China.

Relations with Russians
I have a very good attitude to the Perm people. I was once in Moscow, and I didn’t really like the people there. People are more kind and neat here. For 4 years, I have made two really good friends among Russians. We often see each other and play football together.

About Russian Traditions
There is a huge number of traditions both in Russia and in China. I do respect them, though I don’t understand most of them. I consider dipping into an ice-hole for Epiphany an extreme adventure. I can’t imagine how people go through this, especially children.
I know about Shrovetide, Easter, Christmas, but I never celebrate these holidays. In general, I am an atheist, like most people in China.

Life in Perm is More Expensive than in China
Here, I live in a rented one-room apartment. I pay RUB 13,000 ($170) per month plus RUB 3,000 ($40) for housing and communal services. In China, there are practically no such small apartments, mostly all of 80 sq.m (860 sq.ft). I would still pay less for the same back home, approximately around CNY 1,300 somewhere (RUB 14,690, $200).

Food is also more expensive here than in China. I am especially impressed by the prices of fruits and vegetables, as they are much cheaper in China. Rice and noodles are also expensive in Perm. In China, I would definitely spend less money on food. The ticket prices on local transportation are more than two times higher here. In China, all transport is state-owned and the fare is only CNY 1.

Apart from Perm, I had a chance to visit Moscow and Yekaterinburg, only. In Moscow – I didn’t like it. Too much fuss, noise and Chinese people, too. We were lucky to see a real Russian village, it is incredibly beautiful there, of course. There are few places like this. Very calm, and I like that.

I also want to visit St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, and the Crimea, I guess.

On Having a Rest
We love to get together with our Chinese friends. Sometimes we drink alcohol. I tried Russian vodka. By the way, it is way less strong than the Chinese one. For some reason, in Russia they like to add alcohol into soft drinks, like juice or cola, while in China we drink it without any additives.

Trips Home
I have not been to China for 2 years, already. Now, to fly there, you need much more money than before the pandemic. The ticket costs RUB 13,500 ($170). Moreover, upon arrival you need to go for a two-week quarantine at the hotel; it’s a self-paid booking, and the daily cost goes up to CYN 500-700 (RUB 5650-7910, $75-105).

When I go home, my friends and relatives usually ask me to bring cigarettes or alcohol from Russia, just because they want to try it. I also bring cosmetics and make-up there, because they are much more expensive in China, so I sell them there.

I know that people all over the world find it difficult to ‘get’ us, they say that we are all alike. In Perm, for some reason they confuse me with Koreans, it makes me laugh. So, take it back: you, too, look the same for us.

In Russia, I first heard about the misconception of Chinese people having mostly a small foot size. I don’t know the exact statistics, but me, for example, I have a 42nd (43,5 European, 11 US), I believe this is normal.

In China, we also have stereotypes about Russians. For example, we call you “lau mause” – an old hairy man. Because we think you have a lot of body hair and your eyes look tired and old. And, of course, there is a stereotype that all Russians are always drunk.

About Pandemic
All people in the world think that the coronavirus came from China. I don’t think this is yet accurate. I am looking forward for truthful and accurate information, a decent investigation of the case. Not sure if it all started in China. Somewhere in the news, I saw that in France the COVID-19 appeared first.

About Russian Politics
Recently, rallies were held in Perm, as well as throughout Russia. I don’t really understand why people go to them. It seems to me that this way they will achieve nothing. It’s not good for people. In general, I have a negative attitude to this, and I believe that this is all an American conspiracy.

I have six months left to study at my masters course, and I still want to go for a post-graduate study, continuing with my Russian. It will take another 3 years. Then I plan to return to China and teach Russian at the university.

News Source
Pictures: Duan Jingzhi

Apply for a Scholarship in Romania! (Applications due to 30 April)

The Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation informs about the study opportunities in accordance with the Note of the Embassy of Romania in the Russian Federation.

The scholarship program offer by the Romanian state, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is based on G.D. 288/1993, for the academic year 2021 – 2022. The scholarships are offered to foreign citizens from non-EU countries for bachelor, master and doctorate. Please, see the information and registration forms here.

The training takes place in Romanian. If necessary, an opportunity to take a preparatory course in the language will be provided.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Application form for scholarships;
  2. Copies of received diplomas and applications with certified translation into English, French or Romanian;
  3. Copy of birth certificate with translation;
  4. Copy of passport;
  5. Resume;
  6. If available, a certificate of language proficiency.

The documents package must be sent to the Romanian Embassy via e-mail to:

Documents are accepted until 30 April. Contact person in Russia is Olga Poleshuk, tel .: 8-495-788-65-91, Email:

Scholarship in Hungary: A Call for Applications (due to 11 March)

Looking for scholarships? Eager to participate summer schools? Interested in European culture, yet appreciating its origins? Try Hungary!

Perm State University International Relations Department reminds: the University of Pécs (Pécsi Tudományegyetem) welcomes applications for the Cultural Heritage of Hungary summer school, the scholarship competition to be on a competitive basis. Applications are due to 11 March 2021. The Summer School will be held offline from 4 to 18 July.

Based on the financial support of the Hungarian Government, Tempus Public Foundation offers the scholarship for foreign higher education students, graduates and professionals who would like to gain further knowledge in Hungarian summer university courses. Scholarship programs include Hungarian as a foreign language, Hungarology and thematic (nonlinguistic) courses, and are aimed at foreign (non-native Hungarian speaker) participants.

The Cultural Heritage of Hungary School at the University of Pécs aims to introduce the Hungarian cultural heritage from many different perspectives. This summer program will help you gain insight into Hungary’s gastronomy, wine culture, history, religion and folk traditions, and political, economic and social challenges. Team building intercultural sessions will also be part of this program with professional lecturers and guided tours in Pécs.

The language of instruction is English.

The scholarship covers tuition, meals, accommodation and program activities. Applicants must provide the following documents:

  1. Scholarship Application;
  2. Motivation letter;
  3. Extract from the record book;
  4. Certificate of knowledge of English and/or Hungarian;
  5. Letter of recommendation from a teacher or university.

The language of the documents can be Hungarian, English, French or German. If they are not written in either of these four languages, their official Hungarian or English translations must also be attached.

The documents should be submitted through the online system. The deadline is Thursday, 11 March 2021, 11 pm CET

Details of the scholarship and summer school might be found at:

Further questions might be addressed here:

Scholarship at Slovak Republic: A Call for Applications (due to 10 March)

PSU International Department reminds about the Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic on cooperation in education. For the 2021/2022 academic year, the Slovak Republic offers study courses and internships for undergraduates (up to 5 months), as well as graduate students and fellows in science and teaching (up to 10 months).

To participate in the Program, a candidate must prepare two sets of documents – for the Slovak and the Russian bodies.

The documents for the Slovak body include the following documents (originals + copy in Slovak or English):

  1. Application forms (originals, 2 copies);
  2. CV;
  3. Motivation letter;
  4. Plan for study or research activity;
  5. Letter of invitation from a Slovak university (when possible);
  6. Letters of recommendation;
  7. Academic transcript / copy of a record book or diploma certificate;
  8. List of publications relevant of candidate’s scientific/research activity;
  9. Photos for the application forms.

For the Russian side, it is necessary to provide a letter of representation from the sending university (PSU, in this case), a curriculum vitae, a certificate of knowledge of the Slovak or English language (in Russian), and the first page of the passport.

Information about the program in English and Slovak languages, application form and a list of documents for the Slovak bodies may be found on the official website of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. More detailed information on filling out the documents is posted on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

The documents for the Russian and Slovak bodies must be sent via e-mail to The Documents will be accepted by 4.00pm on 10 March, 2021. Contact person: Olga Poleshchuk, tel.: 8-495-788-65-91, e-mail:

For additional questions on preparing documents on behalf of Perm State University, please contact the Division of International Academic Mobility, PSU International Department: or

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