Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has become a member of a new consortium, the Network Pre-University Faculty for foreign citizens, created with the support of the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Together with SPbPU, it includes the Pushkin State Institute of Russian Language, Voronezh State University, Moscow State Technological University STANKIN, and National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University. The Network Preparatory Faculty will prepare international students to study in Russian at undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels at Russian universities.
According to the organizers, the Network Preparatory Faculty will help foreigners get a better and more accessible education in Russia, improve the methodological base, and attract foreign students to Russian universities.
It is planned that the consortium will start working in September. At the moment, its members are doing the final work on creating their network pre-university course, which will help foreign students start studying at Russian universities. The course, designed for 10 months, consists of distance learning sessions with teachers. Students will also have access to online courses in Russian and major subjects in Russian for independent study.
“The online preparatory department for foreign nationals is a unique informational and educational environment that offers a unified methodological approach to teaching Russian language and subjects in Russian. Upon completion of the Network Preparatory Faculty a foreign student will be able to enter any Russian university,” stressed Victor Krasnoshchekov, Director of the Higher School of International Educational Programs at SPbPU.
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has a unique experience in training foreign students. A preparatory department for foreign citizens was opened at Polytechnic Institute in 1965. Today, the Higher School of International Educational Programs continues its work. During these years, about 20 thousand international students from Europe, Central, North and South America, Asia and Africa have passed through the pre-university training programs.