Foreigners learn Russian in the Higher School of Economics
In August, the first language summer school for students from the United States was organized by the Center of Russian Language.
The Center was established by the HSE Faculty of Philology in February, 2013. The first major project of the Center is the Summer School of Russian-2013. Our students came mostly from the University of Texas (USA), says the first deputy dean of the Faculty of Philology and administrative director of the Summer School, Konstantine Mitko - An intensive 10 -week course, which started in June, included lectures and workshops, as well as a rich cultural program and interaction for international students with their Russian counterparts.
One of the main competitive advantages of the School was its staff. Since successful cooperation with foreign students was our major task, we look for teachers with experience of working abroad, particularly in America. They know the specificity of the American educational system which differs from the Russian one – says Valentina Apresyan, professor of the Faculty of Philology, who took part in organization of the Center. – Another idea was to put up international students in our student dormitories, so that they could acquire Russian friends and dive straight into the Russian linguistic environment.
Students from the Faculty of Philology also went to the Summer School. They took part in cultural events, excursions, and games. There are plans to engage HSE students in the activities of the Center and the future Summer Schools to an even greater extent (e.g. as tutors).
We also plan to develop digital corpora which fix the typical mistakes foreign students make and to implement interactive online tools for linguistic exercises based on such corpora.
The director of the Center, Olga Eremina, promises to extend international relations and to establish cooperation with various foreign universities. Students from Harvard and Princeton universities were among the students of the Summer School this year. According to Olga’s comments, exchanging students is the next step of cooperation with the University of Texas. This will give HSE students a chance to study free of charge in one of the best public universities in the United States.