The undergraduates and students of  Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications returned from Germany, where they completed an internship at the University of Ulm. How to become a participant of such a program and get the most out of it, how to cope with language problems, discover new horizons of growth and development, but still link future plans with Russia-in the comments of Svetlana Evseeva.

Svetlana Evseeva, 22 years old, graduated from the Reshetnev University in the direction of system analysis, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications in 2020. Now she is the 1st year of the master's degree program "System analysis of data and decision-making models"

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My scientific work began at the end of the first year

From the very beginning of high school, my class and I went on excursions and open days to various universities. My choice fell on Reshetnev University, because it specialized in technical specialties, and I also participated in the latest Olympiad organized by it.

The admissions committee told me a lot about the system analysis program,  the highly developed scientific activity of the Department of System Analysis and Operations Research, that it will not be easy to study, but by the end of the 4th year we would no longer need to "just", because it is boring and uninteresting. They also told about the diversity of the specialty and about artificial intelligence. I don't know what attracted me more, but the decision was made quickly and unambiguously, I submitted documents for system analysis. At the same time, I had no idea what I would face there.

The admissions committee did not deceive me, since the first year the department encourages students to join scientific work, for example, we went to conferences to listen to reports. My scientific work began at the end of the first year. During my undergraduate studies, I have repeatedly participated in conferences and competitions, now I continue doing research, the main focus of my work is collective methods of decision-making.

A trip to Germany becames a huge experience of study, life and communication

Studying in Germany is possible only because the System Analysis and Operations Research Department has been maintaining partnership relations with the Ulm University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Ulm) for about 30 years, students and postgraduates of the department often go there for internships and training. Every year the department conducts a selection among master students. To go for study to Germany you have to me meet 2 very important demands : good results of research and knowledge of the English language, "luck" plays an extremely small role.

For me a trip to Germany became, first of all, a huge experience of studying, living and communicating abroad, as well as professional growth and personal development.

Of course, the most important aspect of the trip to Germany was studying. Together with my classmate Maria Lazovskaya, we studied under the International Computer Engineering program ICEP (International Computer Engineering Program). We studied the following disciplines: computer architecture, machine vision, German history, German language, etc. Our training took place remotely. The teachers explained the material clearly in details and  and were ready to answer questions at any time.

The training schedule allowed us to travel. We went to Oberstdorf and there we climbed the Algo Alps, their view was simply fascinating. In Munich we walked around the main square of the city of Marienplatz, and in Stuttgart we admired the beautiful parks. Our last trip was to Baden-Baden, where we could bathe in thermal springs, walk along the Lichtenthaler Alley and ride the Merkurbergbahn funicular. I was very surprised by the availability of travel in Europe.

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There were no significant problems with the language, since all the training was conducted in English and most of the Germans (90% of those we addressed) knew it either. There were no problems with training, the teachers never refused to help and the international department of the university was always in touch and promptly answered questions. The only difficulty we faced in Germany was Covid-19 restrictions: quarantine and a large number of tests.

There was no desire to stay in Europe, I would prefer to travel and relax there, but still live in Russia. Now my main goal is to write my master thesis. I continue doing research and preparing a portfolio for admission to post-graduate school. The main result of the trip is, of course, experience and professional growth. The trip allowed me to look from the other side at the area of my scientific interest and significantly expand it.

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