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  • Student Spotlight: Geraldine Guevara, Colombia

    In today’s interview, we got the opportunity to chat with a super-talented girl from the Caribbean Coast of Colombia who traveled all the way to St. Petersburg to fulfill her dream of studying abroad. Currently enrolled in the Foundation Program at ITMO, Geraldine is a future Bachelor’s student in mechatronics and robotics. But why did she choose Russia as her destination? In her words, it is the culture that enchanted her. Take a deep dive into this beautiful conversation with Geraldine, where we discuss everything from food to motorsports. 


  • Student Spotlight: Yvonne Pamela Sauramba, Zimbabwe

    Getting accustomed to a new country is tough for every international student. But once you have settled in at ITMO, it is difficult to undo that. Such has been the case for Yvonne, an international student from Zimbabwe. In our conversation, she tells us about her experience of feeling homesick and lonely during her first few months at ITMO. But now, she is absolutely enjoying her life. Read on to learn more about her life in St. Petersburg.


  • Student Spotlight: Bui Huong Giang, Vietnam

    Hailing from Vietnam, Bui Houng is a fourth-year Bachelor’s student of biotech whose favorite subject is bread technology – the study of different types of bread and how they’re made. Besides studies, she loves fashion design, modeling, and content creation. In this interview, we dive deep into her life and learn about all the memories that she has made over a period of almost five years in St. Petersburg.


  • Student Spotlight: Marshell Nmaz, Mozambique

    Attending morning classes in winter is not easy at all. It is one of the biggest challenges that our international students, who sometimes have no experience of living amidst snow, face regularly. Marshell Nmaz, a student from Mozambique, is facing a similar challenge. Besides the weather, the language barrier is also making his life somewhat difficult. But he is a fighter who’s keeping his focus on his studies. Learn more about him and his life in Russia in today’s interview.


  • Student Spotlight: Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong, Vietnam

    If traveling is a part of your New Year’s resolutions, then Vietnam should definitely be on top of your destination list. Filled with beautiful scenery, mouth-watering food, and kind-hearted people, this country is undoubtedly a great place to relax and rejuvenate. Interestingly, ITMO is home to a massive community of Vietnamese students and Thuy Duong is a recent addition to the family. But what led her to ITMO? Let’s learn from Duong herself!


  • Student Spotlight: Anton Mahenge, Tanzania

    Studying abroad in Russia is exciting, but it also has its own challenges. For some, the winter is brutal, while for others, the food is quite different from what they are familiar with. But for Anton, an international student from Tanzania, no such problem exists. How so? Well, there’s a twist to his tale that he reveals later in this interview. Read on to find out.


  • Student Spotlight: Destiny Ike, Nigeria

    What makes humanity beautiful? It’s neither the sophisticated gadgets that we use nor the expensive clothes that we wear. It is the uniqueness in each one of us. Diversity determines the stronghold of an institution and ITMO, over the years, has become a hub of cross-culture cooperation in St. Petersburg. Many international students like Destiny are welcomed to ITMO every year as they begin their careers. In this interview, we take a sneak peek into his life and learn more about his passion and drive. Read on!


  • Student Spotlight: Arafat Rahman, Bangladesh

    It is said that experiences shape our lives. While an unfortunate incident can intimidate and scare some, it can spark enthusiasm in others. Such has been the story of Arafat, an international student from Bangladesh who got inspired to study information security after a cyberattack that shook his country in 2014. Read on to learn all about him and his journey from Chittagong to St. Petersburg with only one goal – to fulfill his dream of becoming a cybersecurity expert at ITMO.  


  • Student Spotlight: Istahad Chowdhury, Bangladesh

    For many of our international students, coming to ITMO is their first-ever international trip. Such is the case for Istahad, who came here from Bangladesh. In this interview, we take a deep dive into his new life in St. Petersburg and learn about his many experiences: from dealing with Russian customs control to visiting the outdoor camp at Yagodnoe. 


  • Student Spotlight: Melany Jaramillo, Panama

    One of ITMO’s key values is love – and so, it’s only fitting that love is at the core of the story of one of our international students, Melany. Having found her Russian second half in Panama, Melany decided to travel with him all the way to St. Petersburg to start a new chapter of her life. In today’s interview, we dig deeper into her love story and learn why coming to ITMO was one of the best decisions of her life.