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Not for beginners, not very organized.
Disorganized, not good for first time students into a new country. I didn't have any help getting into my dorm, like the orientation said, and if I hadn't met a russian student who spoke english, I probably would not have gotten in. I have not recommended this course in Moscow to any of my classmates here. Also the classes were a mess, because no one could be placed in a class without someone holding the group back, and certain students were given private tutoring while others were not offered this.
I was placed in a class with a student who was not at all prepared, and was taught things I already knew for a week and a half, despite requesting to switch classes.
Social activities were few, as they had to be organized by the students for the most part. The SRAS intern was the only part of the program that seemed enthusiastic and knew what she was doing, as she tried to organize the students to do things as often as possible.
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Reviewed by Alexandra Spurlock on .
I really appreciated this study abroad. The people from the program were always responsive when you needed them, and went out of their way to help all the time. They were really nice. The school is cool, we had some great teachers and made some great friends with other international students. The location of housing for me was in a great place. I feel like the program did everything to make me prepared for living in Saint Petersburg. A lot of your experience is depending on the effort you make. Class is not strict, lacking assignments, grades and attendance policies. So if you want to get the most out of your study abroad program you need to make the effort, go to class and make Russian friends, which is somewhat difficult. The program gives you everything you need, the rest is up to you!
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Reviewed by Holly Norris on .
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Reviewed by Amanda Ramshaw on .
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Reviewed by Taylor Zajicek on .
Living in Vladivostok was a great, extraordinairely unique opportunity. The students were afforded a lot of independence, and we made the most of it, meeting Russian students and spending rewarding evenings with our host families. Vladivostok is a city like no other, and definitely deserves a visit--it grows on you quicker than you think.
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