Voronezh State University and the University of Tartu (Tartu Ülikool, Estonia) have a long history of partnership. VSU has been running joint internship programmes with the one of the oldest universities of the Northern and Eastern Europe since 1995. Two VSU students has just completed one of such internships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. They are happy to share their impressions of their internship.
'I completed the following courses in the University of Tartu: Cryptology, Mathematical Methods in Cryptogy, Programming Practice, Business Analytics Seminar, Project Management, Global Economy, Research Results Presentation, and the Estonian language (elementary level). This term I also did a course in Professional English that involved studying text books and articles on the above mentioned subjects, writing various papers, participation in workshops and public presentations. I gained a lot of valuable experience during my internship in Estonia. I had a chance to live in a small academic town with a thriving student life, where all buildings, canteens, sport facilities and dormitories are within walking distance. I learnt more about the European system of education and its peculiarities, the European lifestyle, culture, attitudes, traditions and mentality, visited various sport, cultural events and entertainments organised by Erasmus Student Network and made a lot of friends among students from different countries. I also would like to say a few words about the university library that has fully computerised database and enables online operating. It is also equipped with a lot of computers and works long hours,' said a third year student of the Faculty of Mathematics Sofia Rakova.
'I completed the following courses during my internship in the University of Tartu: Basics of Cloud Computing, Software Testing, Methods of Defensive Programming, and Digital Image Processing. The system of higher education in Estonia differs from the one in Russia. First of all, students can choose subjects they want to study. Of course, some subjects are compulsory, but the possibility to adjust your learning process and study only those disciplines that you will need in the future is impressive. What is more, the students can choose courses at different faculties: you can chose any course you wish. Secondly, the university has a well run electronic system where you can find any information concerning the learning process (timetable, description of courses, study materials, lecturers' contact information, and your grades),' said a third year student of the Faculty of Computer Sciences Viktoria Belozertseva.