Olimp Hosts International Students for the First Time


The Olimp student sport and health center is broadening its borders. This summer, not only did Russian students from SUSU come to visit, but also visitors from abroad.

In 2017, Olimp was a place uniting people from various countries: Zimbabwe, Syria, Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia, and Iraq. Over a few days, the thirteen international students will live in the territory of the famous SUSU camp and speak Russian. According to the organizers, this format will allow folks from different countries more quickly adapt to the new conditions.

“I really like spending time at Olimp. I don’t know how next summer will go, but if there will be a chance, I will absolutely come back here again,” noted Lakimore Ngomayezve, student from Zimbabwe.

On the international students’ daily schedule – playing sports, musical circles, and interactive lessons. Specialists from the SUSU Center of Sociocultural Adaptation note that with these kinds of lessons, they will more quickly learn Russian. Speaking Russian fluently gives better opportunities to use all of the knowledge they receive in practice.

“At 9:00 the students wake up and warm up to music, after which everyone goes to breakfast. In their free time, they play badminton, volleyball, and other kinds of sports. They spend a few hours each day on studying Russian and, of course, take active part in the life of the camp alongside students from Russia,” stressed the head of the SUSU Center of Sociocultural Adaptation, Dina Valeeva.

As a note, Olimp has become a creative venue not just for international students but also, per tradition, for Russian citizens. They are exchanging experiences and finding out about the cultures of different countries. The organizers stress that they are planning on continuing such meetings in the future.


Dmitriy Rudenok; photo: Oleg Igoshin
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