Students from different countries talk about their life and studies in Slovenia. They tell about the reasons, for which they have chosen this country and what has changed in their life after moving to Slovenia. You can find out about these facts and many others in our articles. Last week we published an interview with Alexander. Today you can find out what role the sleepless nights have played for Andrey Smirnov in choosing his future study programme.
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Name: Andrey Smirnov.
Hometown; country: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
University: University of Ljubljana.
Study Programme: Architecture.
– Hello, Andrey. Why have you chosen this study programme?
– This is my dream. I cannot imagine myself without drawings and sleepless nights in front of the computer. Joking aside, one day a question arose of where to go after school and what I would like to be in five years. I still cannot remember the very moment of making a decision to enter the Architectural College, but it changed my life. Now, I know for sure that I do not want to do anything else.
– What attracted you in Slovenia?
– A great many of things:
– What do you like about studying in Slovenia?
– Here, I can also distinguish a few points:
– What has changed in your life since moving to Slovenia?
– Now, I feel no constraint in communicating with foreigners. This is the first thing I can mention. Besides, my level of language has improved gradually and my diet has changed. In general, it became easier to perceive some things. After a while in Slovenia, you become much more open to everything new and calmer internally.
The rhythm of life is more relaxed than in Russia. This leaves its footprint. Sometimes you allow yourself to come late, to be a little too lazy and all in that spirit. It all depends on self-control, but in this respect, Slovenia has fully met my expectations. However, you will still have to work very hard here. Things will not work for you if you come here just to rest.
– What expectations from Slovenia did you have and have they proven out?
– I had many different expectations. Something has proved out, something hasn’t. It’s normal.
– What impressed you most of all in Slovenia?
– What are the differences in academic process and way of life if to compare with your native country?
– It is quite simple to answer this question. These are the clean air, quiet atmosphere, security, a measured rhythm of life and social activity.
What are the differences in education, if compared with Russia?
– They do exist, of course.
Deadlines. In Slovenia, as well as throughout Europe, there are quite tough and clear deadlines for accomplishing tasks. If, in Russia, you can delay the delivery of tasks until the beginning of the next year, then in Slovenia it will not work out that way. So, you will have to study a lot.
Case studies. The majority of time spent on studies will be devoted to the practical application of knowledge, rather than to its theoretical part. In Russia, everything is exactly the opposite.
Educational drive of students. Any of your future fellow students will never say that they are just learning for the sake of obtaining a diploma or something in this spirit. Each student has a specific goal. To become, for example, an architect, which increases competition and forces you to develop in your environment and improve yourself.
Online data system. In simple words, everything is stored on the Internet. Lecture notes or assignments for each specific subject can be stored in different sources. Thus, the majority of subjects are stored on a special university site, while the rest of the information can be found in a group on Facebook. Therefore, you have to use the Internet all the time to find out something.
Anonymity. Just remember that you are a number. Throughout the whole training period, an individual number is assigned to you, to which all your progress data will be attached. Even teachers cannot know for sure how this or that student is studying. Each student independently monitors his or her progress in studies.
– What are the differences in the way of life if compared to Russia?
Sport. The main difference is that all Slovenes in their free time are engaged in this or that kind of sport. In general, Slovenes are obsessed with a healthy lifestyle and with eco products. There is a special relation to nature here. It is strictly protected. The streets are always clean, and they try to sort out the garbage.
The rhythm of life. It is of a more relaxed manner. One must be ready for early wake-ups. It is almost the norm for the Slovenes to start their day at 6 in the morning. They go to bed early as well. After 7 pm the city almost dies out.
Responsiveness and desire to help.
Sociability. The Slovenes are very fond of communication. Even if there is a queue in a store, the Slovenes will stand at the checkout and communicate with the cashier.
Travelling. Every weekend, the capital is dying out, because urban residents go to the countryside for nature. They quite often go on hikes or just to the Lake Bled or Bohinj.
– What advice would you give to future students?
– Of course, the main advice would be studying the language. I advise everyone, who wants to come here for studies, to take care of this issue in advance, otherwise, at first, it will be rather difficult to cope with the flow of information that is provided during classes.