Kuusk Katarina-Liiza Denisovna, a student at the Faculty of Horticulture and Processing Technologies, is currently studying under the Stipendium Hungaricum international exchange program through the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation in Hungary at Szent István University. Katarina tells about her studies at a foreign university.
My program is drawing to a close, it is time to write about what it is like to be a part-time student at the Stipendium Hungaricum International Academic Mobility Program. First of all, I want to note that this is an incredibly interesting experience that helps to get a new look at your specialty, raise the level of language, get acquainted not only with Hungary, but also with other cultures of the countries of the world and make many new friends. I was lucky to live and study at the Buda campus of Szent István University under the Horticulture engineering program. Since I was in the last year of study at our university, I could choose absolutely any subjects here, even not necessarily from the curriculum, the main thing is that they do not overlap in time. Thus, I have very interesting classes with students of different courses.
To study here is probably harder than our study, you need to learn a lot of plants and submit reports. But you should not be afraid of difficulties, everything is real. If you doubt that you can learn a foreign language, do not hesitate, if you pass an exam, then you can. University teachers try to make each lesson interesting and support every initiative, they are incredibly motivated. I really wanted to study microclonal reproduction, “touch” the technology with my hands. There was a teacher who was ready to help me and give me the opportunity to work in the laboratory. Thanks to Dr. Mosonyi István Dániel.
The university has every opportunity for experimentation. In biotechnology classes, we made fluorescent sundews. And in the Gödölö campus there is the opportunity to work with CRISPR-cas9.
The education system in Hungary is slightly different from study in Russia. The so-called Conventional and Organic farming are taught here, and I also chose biotechnology as a subject. It seems to me that the agriculture of the future will be formed at the intersection of organic farming and modern technologies that will reduce production costs, as a result we will be able to grow healthy and cheap products without harming the environment and in harmony with nature
Horticulture engineering and Landscape architecture are two different programs. I took the subject “Cultivation of greenhouse ornamental plants”, that is, I study how to produce plants that will be used by landscape designers or sold in flower shops.
People in Hungary are friendly, if someone has heard about the dislike of Hungarians for Russians, don’t believe these rumors, every weekend I try to go out and learn something new about this country. There are a lot of museums and events. In September I was at Balaton, this is the largest lake in Hungary. And it is really incredibly beautiful. It is much more pleasant to explore the country slowly than running to all the sights as a tourist. Budapest is a very beautiful city. Sometimes I manage to travel. So I went to Rome and Milan. And on the bus I went to Krakow, where I visited the Schindler Museum-Factory. My next plan is to go to Vienna, it takes 2 hours to get to it by train, I’m probably the last one who was in our hostel, I wasn’t there. Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages in the world, so not every student decides to learn it, but I decided. And now I can speak with a woman in a university cafeteria.
You can find out more about outgoing international mobility programs through the Ministry of Education and Science at http://im.interphysica.su/.
If you know English and would like to participate in mobility programs, please contact the Center for International Cooperation and Academic Mobility (educational and laboratory building No. 3, rooms 2437, 2438).