Students of South Ural State University have one last chance to become tutors—assistants and guides for international students who are just beginning their studies at the major university in the South Ural region. Applications are being accepted until July 25.
South Ural State University actively works with foreign students. In the second half of July, the university began accepting applicants with foreign citizenship who are coming from other Russian cities and want to continue their studies in Chelyabinsk. Tutors help meet the applicants, and also accompany foreigners to help them check into the dormitories, submit documents to the admissions office, and to get to know the city. The tutors who are working with the university today already learned all the intricacies of mentoring last year. This summer, the International Office hopes to see new faces in the tutor team.
“We have already accepted 25 applications from SUSU students. There are many foreigners among them - students who know firsthand about the difficulties of adaptation, who have studied the university, campus, and city and are now ready to pass on their knowledge to the newcomers. When selecting applications, we first of all look at the potential tutor’s experience in interacting with foreigners. Knowledge of languages is also important. But the most important thing is the student's desire to be an assistant. After all, a tutor will be the first person a foreign student will meet upon arriving in Chelyabinsk, and the freshman’s first impressions of the university will depend on the tutor,” said Valeria Chachina, specialist of the International Student Support of the SUSU International Office.
Students who are already working as tutors are taking all the precautions to protect themselves from becoming infected with coronavirus. Also, the team of mentors is ready to help future freshmen remotely. If the academic year starts with closed borders, it is the tutors who will explain how to gain access to the educational blocks and study using the university's services, and they will communicate with students online.
Applications to become a tutor are being accepted until July 25.