From Syria to Chelyabinsk for Studying at SUSU

South Ural State University is the most famous university in South Ural and no wonder international students choose it to get their education. It offers various programs including International Relations, Philology, Linguistics, Economics, Mechatronics and Robotics, Power Engineering and many others. Also a student can choose a Bachelor’s or Master’s program taught in English. The university is multinational and nowadays is a home for more than 2,300 international students from 56 countries.

Al-Jourani Rabee Abduvich, a SUSU student from Syria, shares his impressions on living and studying in Chelyabinsk. 

– Where do you study?

– I study at the Institute of Sport, Tourism and Service and my major is Physical Culture.

– Why did you choose studying in Russia?

– When I was trying to choose a university for getting my Master’s degree, I learnt about a possibility to get a scholarship from the Russian Ministry of Education for studying at a Russian university. I collected all the needed documents, got approval and chose SUSU.

– Did you get any help from your compatriots having arrived in Chelyabinsk earlier than you?

– There were many of my compatriots studying in Chelyabinsk. They met me, showed the city and the university, and helped to handle some issues. Thanks to them, my life here is comfortable and pleasant.

– What was your greatest challenge about living in Russia?

– To my mind, everything was a challenge. My foundation year was nice and hard at the same time. The most complicated thing was I couldn’t speak Russian fluently or understand the content of a lecture. But our professors worked with us after classes and explained all the difficult moments in the topics with simple words. Russian is the first foreign language I studied and it will be my great advantage in the future in addition to the diploma I will get from South Ural State University.   

– Do you have any favorite subjects?

– I love Russian language and Russian literature. There are lots of interesting stories and novels in the literature of your country. While you are reading them Russian literature becomes a part of your cultural background and inner experience, and forms the idea of “Russian soul”.

– Do you have time to take part in students’ life?

– Yes, of course. My compatriots and I took part in Arab Culture Day. We presented traditions, history, architecture, dances, and songs of our culture. It is a great opportunity to show how great and interesting your country is. And also I got the second prize in shooting competitions.

– Why do many universities try to attract international students for studying?

– I guess universities want to contribute to cultural exchange and let students from other countries learn your traditions and peculiarities. Russian universities are popular among international students because the law has passed this year that international students can work while studying. This is a huge advantage.

Some of my friends entered South Ural State University because I recommended them. When they arrived here I helped them with everything. And also the administrative and teaching staff of the university is always ready to give support.


Let us remind that foreign citizens who want to get a prestigious degree at SUSU can learn all the details regarding the procedure of admissions via the portal for university applicants by clicking the link.

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International Student Support at the SUSU International Office

Email: applicant[at]susu[dot]ru

Tel.: 8 (351) 272 30 86

Valentina Metelyova, photo from Al-Jourani Rabee Abduvich’s archive
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International Student Support at the SUSU International Office Email:, Tel.: 8 (351) 272 30 86
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