Saturday, 24 September 2011

Studying Abroad

No language-learning experience is complete without study abroad. As part of the ES and BSL degrees you will spend a year studying in the country of your major language, while TSM students are required to spend a minimum of two months in their target country, and advised to take a year out for complete immersion.


The Russian department has links with universities in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Saratov to which it regularly sends students. It is also possible for students (particularly TSM) to organise study in any part of Russia they wish, with the department's support. In the past, students have chosen to study in the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts (Moscow), the Moscow Conservatoire and the Academy of Arts (St Petersburg), but if a remote Siberian town or a placement on the Arctic circle sounds more your style then be our guest!


The Baltic capital of Tsarist Russia, 'The Venice of the North' is a sophisticated European city of statues and canals, boasting the lush imperial treasures of the Winter Palace and Petrodvorets. Still regarded by many as the cultural capital of Russia, 'Piter' is home to 140 museums and around 100 theatres. See Pushkin's 'Bronze Horseman', stroll Nevsky Prospekt in the eternal twilight of the White Nights and see works by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Matisse, Gaugin and Van Gogh at the world's largest art and culture museum, the Hermitage.
Trinity College regularly sends students to the prestigious St.Petersburg State University,while business students attend the St.Petersburg State University, School of Management.


The centre of modern Russia, the seventh largest city in the world and the city with the most billionaires, Moscow features the epic architecture of the historic Kremlin and Red Square, the Soviet Seven Sisters and the gigantic mosaics and marbles of the 'people's palaces' of the metro stations, among a profusion of churches, museums, theatres and other attractions.  A year spent here is a brilliant way to get to the heart of modern Russian life in all its dynamism and contradictions.
Trinity College has an established exchange programme with Moscow State University, Russia's leading university which offers a wealth of programmes especially geared to foreign students learning Russian, and also sends students regularly to the Gorky Literary Institute.

For a slightly more relaxed pace in one of Russia's provincial capitals, why not try Saratov, a port town on the mighty Volga river? An important cultural and scientific centre, Saratov is also home to the Radishchev art gallery and one of Russia's oldest theatres, and has a welcoming attitude to foreign students. Trinity regularly sends students to the Saratov Technical University.

A trip on the Trans-Siberian railway in the summer is a rite of passage for many students finishing their year in Russia. Travelling platzkartny is very affordable, where sharing a carriage of 30 bunks with regular travellers allows students to get to know an amazing cross-section of the different cultures and nations of modern Russia in a friendly atmosphere of storytelling, food-sharing and conversation. The epic seven-day journey from Moscow to Vladivostok can by broken up by many stops: the ancient capital of the khans of the Golden Hoarde, Kazan; the burial place of the tsars in the Ural mountains at Ekaterinburg; the breathtaking natural beauty of Lake Baikal in its cradle of snow-capped peaks, the world's oldest and deepest lake; the windswept Buddhist monastery near Ulan Ude or the Russian Jewish culture of Birobidzhan. Adventurous students may take an alternate route: through Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, to finish in Beijing; grabbing a ferry from Vladivostok to Japan; or taking a detour through the ancient capitals of the Silk Road and the birthplace of Sufism in Central Asia (note: the above pictures are all just the Russian leg of the journey...).


As a member of the EU, Poland participates in the Erasmus programme for years abroad. Trinity College has links with a number of Polish institutions.

One of the most beautiful cities of Central Europe, Trinity Polish students are invited to spend a year at Krakow's historic Jagiellonian University where Copernicus, the inventor of modern astronomy, trained. Wander the churches and market squares of the old quarter (one of the first UNESCO heritage sites), Wawel castle or the gigantic Underground Salt Cathedral and spectacular rock-salt statuery of the 900-year-old Wieliczka salt mines. Or catch up on your culture at Poland's oldest museum, the Princes Czartoryski, or Tadeusz Kantor's world-famous avant-garde Cricot 2 theatre.


Time spent in Poland's capital at the University of Warsaw allows students to get to know the economic, political and social hub of the country. A varied city, where palaces, churches and mansions jostle with the communist architecture of the Eastern bloc and a large variety of parks and green spaces, Warsaw is the centre of Polish science, theatre, media and music, the city of Chopin, Marie Curie and the Art Deco artist Tamara de Lempicka.

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