Isu European Winter Fairytale for ISU Students
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European Winter Fairytale for ISU Students
26 January 2022

In the previous semester, 3 ISU students started their educational trip to different European countries: Poland and Switzerland. They are lucky as they have caught the most mysterious and beautiful period – Christmas and New Year time.   
Students of ISU Faculty of History Ms. Alexandra Minina and Mr. Oleg Semenov have been studying at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland. They are taking the various courses: EU Foreign Policy, Roads and Off-Roads of Political Correctness, The Art of Dialogue, “They cut, we bleed”: protest movements in time of austerity, European Union Law, Modeling and Forecasting International Relations, Private International Law, Networked Society: new media for society? 
During the exchange, students not only study but travel across Poland and Europe. Ms. Alexandra Minina even managed to visit the capitals of the Czech Republic and France, despite the pandemic. She shared with us her impressions about the winter season in Europe.

Alexandra says:

“From the very beginning of December the Christmas Fairs start to work. Generally, at the fairs, you can buy souvenirs, handmade things, Christmas decorations, and various sweets (Trdelník, churros, waffles, crepes, gingerbread).
Every day there are festive events: quiet discos (when people are given headphones and they all dance together), karaoke, dance performances. Even in the absence of snow, Europeans create a New Year's atmosphere. The biggest and most impressive fair I visited in Berlin, it was striking in scale and the presence of diverse stores. In Prague and Paris, this year fairs are small because of covid restrictions.”


Mr. Oleg Semenov celebrated the New Year at the AMU campus. He mentioned that he received valuable experience in communication and education abroad in a foreign language. He is thrilled about the Poznan city surrounding area. He especially highlights the fairs that open a month before Christmas, very lively and colorful places. Oleg is impressed by the Poland architectural features, he found market squares to immerse into the 18-century atmosphere.


Ms. Yana Kharitonova practices at Geneva University, Switzerland. She enjoys training in Geneva.

Yana’s comments:

“Studying in French and practicing all the time helped to break down the speaking barrier, gave me experience with another culture, and now I don't feel stressed when speaking to foreigners! There are quite a lot of Russian students in Geneva, and I am glad that I am among them too”.


We are happy for the students and wish them to continue working hard and improve their professional skills.

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