On July 27, 2018 three undergraduate students of Institute of Engineering and Economics and Institute of Social Engineering returned from Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China), where they were participating in the Summer School International Program.

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The International Summer School in Harbin offers a wide variety of English-taught courses in cultural studies, literature, economics and international relations carried by professors from China and other countries. Apart from that, students had an opportunity to take a course of Chinese language for beginners to improve their Chinese language skills or to attend the course designed for beginners.

 

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After the trip, students shared their impressions about lectures, professors and their life experience in Harbin.

Valeria noted that the content of the lectures was very extensive: from Chinese traditions to conquering space. Students developed their own projects on different items. The defense of the projects was carried out in English, so it was essential practice for the students.

Irina was glad that they had a free access to the swimming pool and other sport facilities for playing active games.

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The program became particularly useful for the students learning the Chinese language, because they could interact with people during their free time when buying something or trying to find a direction to a metro station. Upon arrival to the program, students met with volunteers, who answered all their questions and helped with everything. The program helped students to gain knowledge about China and its culture while being immersed to the Chinese language. Educational process always included multimedia, so it was easy for students to perceive the information.

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The results of the Sumer School program are of course in gaining new knowledge, but moreover, in meeting friends from Russia and other countries (China, Mongolia, Indonesia, Korea, Spain, Denmark) for the whole life. Students were grateful also for professors and organizers of the School and for the free excursions to Sun Island, famous Harbin streets and others. Students hope that they will have a possibility to take part in Harbin International Summer School again.

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