In 2019 there will be Krasnoyarsk World Student Games — XXIX World Winter Universiade held. The decision to hold the Universiade in Krasnoyarsk was made by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) November 9, 2013 in Brussels.

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March 2-12, 2019 for 11 days Krasnoyarsk will become the host city of the World University Winter Sport the first in Russia.

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The Universiade is a unique International holiday of youth and sport. Everyone knows the language of sport, it unites peoples and generations. During the Universiade 2019, thousands of spectators and athletes from all over the world will visit Krasnoyarsk, and it is important for us to make guests feel like home.
We love our region and we are always ready to welcome our guests. We will show them real Siberia – Siberia, snow-blanketed per thousand kilometers, Siberia, warmed by the heat of our hearts. We aim to maximum openness and sincerity, because this is the only way to create a special atmosphere of the Games – an atmosphere of true joy and friendship.

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Real winter! 29th Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019 (video)

 

 Official website of the Winter Universiade 2019: https://krsk2019.ru/en/

 

Contacts:

ANO “DIRECTORATE KRASNOYARSK 2019”

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My name is Jan Pavlíčko and I am 25 years old. I came to Krasnoyarsk from the Czech Republic (Czechia) where I study Process technology at Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. I am trying to expand my technical knowledge in various ways, so that is also the reason why I am currently studying the second master degree and simultaneously working as a designer in University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings CTU in Prague. I like to do sport, go outdoors, read books about astrophysics and quantum mechanics, watch movies. A very important part of my life is music which I not only like to listen but also compose and play.

Jan1

When I began my second master’s degree the head of our department asked me if I was thinking about studying abroad and I said “not yet”. After some time I decided to try it because it is a known fact that worldwide collaboration is nowadays very important, therefore I am convinced that studying abroad in generally very useful for further education, personal development and future employment. First of all, I knew that I wanted to study in Russia because I have always been fascinated by Russian culture, people, history and magnificent nature. Our university had an overview of foreign universities so I focused my search on Siberian part of Russia. I chose Reshetnev University because I had been provided with great references about this university from a former CTU student. Than the presentation of the university itself made a very good impression on me and the location in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia suits me well. To be specific, studying in Russia is an opportunity for me to learn third world language and experience something very different (facing different problems and solving them) and look at things from a different perspective – be open-minded and learn how to integrate in an unknown place. And now here I am.

Jan3

I think that everything I had expected before visiting Russia was somehow fulfilled. Lots of people for instance think that in the middle of Siberia will be no possibility to get something (food, clothes, internet, electronics ...) but I was sure that it would not be a problem and I was right. Actually, I was surprised that in most places I can pay with credit card and also the traffic lights have countdowns. And the way letting people know that it is 12 o’clock by firing cannon from the top of the hill is just the best.

Jan5

Maybe the only thing I thought will be faster is learning Russian when I take into account that all my lessons are in Russian language. I do not think it is hard to learn Russian for Slavic people. For instance, there are a lot of similarities between Russian and Czech language but it’s also challenging because sometimes I think that the Czech word is the same in Russian but it is not. So after a month the language is still the greatest challenge for me. The style of teaching is also a bit different – in Czechia we do not have to come in front of the blackboard and communicate or do something there in front of the class. For the most of our lectures teachers have presentations as a backup and study materials for every subject are available on the internet. In Czech we are in large numbers in the class and I think that we do not stick together like the students do in Russia. So generally speaking, I think in Czechia it is more anonymous and the subjects are rather theoretically based.

 After a month here I was able to find many new friends and I am still making new ones. Some of them speak English too, so it is mutually beneficial – I improve my Russian and they improve their English. From my point of view, many people here are very kind, try to help with everything and they are very enthusiastic to talk with exchange students about their lifestyle, culture etc. The weather here has been so far pleasant for outdoors activity with those friends and the Yenisei River was not as cold as I’ve expected but I love winter so I am still waiting for my favorite season. In winter I am definitely going to Stolby (Столбы) again. Nature here is beautiful but everything is very far away in comparison to Europe so I wish I had more time to explore.

Jan6

A few words for the end of my story: I think the most important thing except documents are electronic devices that students usually use (notebook, mobile device, power bank ...) and some clothes in dependence on the season. But you can buy almost anything here if you forget something. Personally, I am glad that I brought with me Russian external keyboard and warm clothes. And the final message: if you want to experience something different and gain experience like nowhere else in the world, I definitely recommend going. Siberia will surprise you.

Jan7

 

Otavio

My name is Otávio Luís da Silva Rosa and I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

When I was still very young, my family moved to the city of Brasilia, that is the capital of Brazil. There, I graduated in Mechanical Engineering and post-graduated in Mechanical Sciences in the University of Brasilia. After that, I worked for the Brazilian oil and gas company for many years.

I found out about the Reshetnev University in the Internet, while I was looking for a Russian Language course. At first, I wanted to come to the Asiatic part of Russia, called Siberia, to a large and important city, but not necessarily the biggest one; from a few options, I chose Krasnoyarsk. During the language course, I was suggested to become a Ph.D student. I love Science and Research, and, now, I am studying, again, at the age of 48.

 The Brazilian people have a natural curiosity about other countries: how far away it is from Brazil, how the typical clothes look like, what language is spoken and, also, the traditional music, dance, beverages and foods. This is due to the Brazilian history of immigrations from many nations in the past 130 years: from Japan, Italy, Lebanon, Armenia, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia and, recently, China. Today, Brazil has a population of 208 million people, including about 200 thousand Russians.

In spite of the facts that Brazilians are interested in foreign countries and enjoy travelling abroad, they still need to learn better about Siberia, because they usually think of a freezing cold place, with few trees, no flowers, everything covered by snow all year round and many dog sleighs running on the streets carrying people who live a boring life. Nevertheless, unlike many Russians believe, I have never heard anything about bears on the streets; whenever Brazilian people think of bears, they, automatically, remember the forests of the United States and Canada. Fortunately, I already had a good knowledge about the life in Siberia many years before I arrived here for the first time.

Personally, the only thing that really surprised me is that about 20% of the men and women living in Krasnoyarsk look like Brazilians, considering many physical and social aspects simultaneously: the structure of the body, the face, the skin, the hair, the gestures and facial expressions. Except for the facts that the Brazilian people usually wear less colorful clothes and walk slower on the streets.

The most challenging thing for me was and still is the Russian Language: it is an outstanding language, but somehow difficult to learn. On the other hand, there are some Russian words and phrases that sound funny to Portuguese speakers like me; for example: the phrase “я поняла” [ia poniala], which means: “I understood” (spoken by women), is similar to “someone will beat you” in Brazilian; another example is: “куда идёт [kuda idyot] (name) ?”; but, this one, unfortunately, I cannot tell here – just do not say that in Brazil!

In Krasnoyarsk, I was warmly welcomed. I enjoy the student’s life in Reshetnev University, the staff of the International Cooperation Department, the professors and teachers, the lessons and the classmates. In general, the teaching methods, the pedagogical resources, the lectures, the homework and the examinations are very well planned and executed, being similar to how they are performed in Brazil. Also, the social life of Krasnoyarsk is interesting: stadiums, gymnasiums, swimming pools, fitness centers, sidewalks along the banks of the Yenisei River, skiing and ice skating places, theaters, cinemas, parks, squares, museums, libraries, modern shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, bars with live music, places to dance, winter and summer trails, camping areas, the National Nature Reserve Stolby, a zoo and many opportunities to make new friends and have fun. Along the year, there are about 7 months with snow and 5 months without, and each one of the four seasons can provide new discoveries and amazing adventures for the foreign students.

The international students coming to Krasnoyarsk should bring a strong desire to learn and a great love for life, as well as to share their own national culture, traditions, good memories and experiences. There is no need to worry about winter clothes and shoes, because it is much better (and, often, less expensive) to buy them here after the arrival. Modern winter clothes and shoes are quite warm, light, comfortable and fashion. Besides that, once we arrive in Siberia, we quickly learn that: “there is no bad weather when you have the proper clothes”. In the first year in Krasnoyarsk, I could walk along the streets at the temperature of -36 °C and, five months later, do the same at the temperature of +36 °C.

Above all things, the high level of the courses offered by the Reshetnev University is the reason why I advise students from Brazil, from other South American countries and from all over the World to come here to study and to enjoy living in Krasnoyarsk, in the middle of Siberia, in the heart of Russia.

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My Chinese name is Guo Zhiqiang, but people can also call me Johnny. I am from China.

I´m a bachelor in Electronic Information Science and Technology. I came to Russia to purchase my master´s degree in System Analysis.

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I've always liked to study different languages, that is why I am here to study Russian. I also like skiing. It is pretty cool to do it in Krasnoyarsk because of the snow and cold temperature. I really like it!

We have good relationships between the university where I´ve been studying and Rechetnev University. Some students have already been to Krasnoyarsk as exchange students. When they returned they told us it was a good university to study in. So that is why I've chosen it.

Before I came here, I thought Russian people are always very serious about everything. But since I´m here, everybody is so warmly welcoming and friendly. I enjoy it.

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My biggest challenge

My biggest challenge now is Russian food and different ways of education. Concerning the food, we have a huge difference in cooking. We like to eat spicy, but the food in Russia is not spicy enough. For now everybody is getting used to it and we enjoy eating cheese and other products.

The Ruusian language

The Ruusian language is pretty hard compared to Chinese, because in Chinese we just need to remember hieroglyphics. Every word in the Chinese language is totally different, so it is easy to remember. But in Russian every word for me looks the same. And the funniest word is сейчас [seichas]. It means “now” and also can mean “wait”. Until now I am still confused about this word.

Education

In China professors always pay much more attention to theoretical knowledge and we don’t have so many practical lessons there. In Russia it is totally different. We need to have practice classes every day and actually it shows our weak spots, but it can help me a lot to get practical skills. The teachers are much easier to communicate with, compared to China.

Russian people

I have some Russian friends and we are very close. Compared to Chinese, they can have a lot of fun at any time. Their character is much more active. We are always going outside to enjoy life and send gifts to each other. The most popular gift I´ve got here was chocolate. And I usually send the Chinese tea.

The first week when we came here, the Russian volunteers showed us a lot of beautiful places of nature in Krasnoyarsk, such as Ostrov Tatyshev (a big area with sporting grounds, sport facilities, a big field to walk, etc.); Stolby (a park with a complex of rocks within the area of 48 hectares), the Enisey river. It was beautiful and we had a lot of fun.

My major is System analysis and in China we do not have so many universities with this major. In my opinion it will help me a lot in my future career. We also have learned how to use R language, Rapidminer, Weka.These applications can help us to program some websites.

We usually take some Chinese seasonings when we come to Russia. This is the most important thing for us to take, and also some small presents to give to Russian friends.

To go or not to go?

If you need to gain more knowledge and want to enjoy your life, then of course you need to come. We have so much fun here and also can study a lot. I am quite sure that my language level is growing rapidly here.