Want to come to ITMO for an exchange, but are afraid to take a leap into the big unknown? Don’t worry – ITMO’s international students are assisted each step of the way, from arriving to St. Petersburg to navigating studies and fun, through a variety of student support programs operating at the university.
As part of one of these programs, Buddy System, you’ll be assigned a Russian buddy (one of our friendly Russian students) who’ll help you with all matters concerning adapting to a life in a new city and just be there for you when you need it (cue the main theme from Friends).
And hey, one day you yourself might decide to become a buddy for a newcomer too! Like all good deeds, this will be rewarded, in our case with a number of opportunities and bonuses, including:
You can also read our interview with Buddy System's manager Anna Gargalyk to learn more about the iniative and the support it provides to international students!