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  • Student Spotlight: Nathan Celeste, Congo

    When life gives you lemons, you have two options. Either you flee or you make lemonade. To succeed in life, you need to look challenges in the eye and persevere. We can all take inspiration from Nathan, an international student from Congo who decided to study in Russia despite the language barrier. At first, he found it very difficult to understand anything in class – but, eventually, through hard work and patience, he came out on top. Let’s take a closer look at Nathan’s experiences as an international student in today’s interview.


  • 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. 


  • ITMO Student Experiences: Starting a Career in Video Production and Shooting Videos for Celebrities

    Having a passion for making videos since school, Iskander Garipov, a fourth-year student of the  Bachelor’s program Computer Technologies in Design, is proud to have a diverse portfolio full of short films, reports, ads, and even concert recordings (with Russian bands Три дня дождя and Шары). After he took part in online courses at Prostor, VK’s creative platform, he was asked to produce the music video Птичка (Bird – Ed.) for famous Russian rap performers HammAli & Navai, which reached 800,000 views in three weeks. In this article, Iskander Garipov speaks about how to get into the field and what hard and soft skills video makers need to have.


  • Student Spotlight: Emmanuel Kpadedji, Benin

    Meet Emmanuel Kpadedji, a bright and ambitious international student from the culturally rich African nation of Benin. He is a driven and passionate young man who likes taking challenges head-on. Emmanuel won a full scholarship from the Russian government to study at ITMO. He is now a Foundation Program student and this September onwards will pursue a Master’s degree in information security. Read on to learn more about his experiences with Russian weather, food, and culture.


  • Dancing, Fencing, and Ultimate Frisbee: Get to Know Three KronBars Coaches

    For this new installment of our get-to-know series, we’ve decided to talk to several coaches from ITMO’s acclaimed KronBars student sports club. It was hard to choose just several among the over 50 sports clubs available, so we went for the sports we wanted to try: ballroom dancing, fencing, and ultimate frisbee. What’s the best way to stay in shape? Where does one look for inspiration or second wind? Find out in this interview.


  • Student Spotlight: Meera Alaji, Syria

    Meera Alaji, an international student from Syria, fought against all odds to keep shining and make the best of her opportunity at ITMO. With a great passion for biotechnology and regenerative medicine, Meera aspires to make an impact in the field of therapeutic medicine. How is she transforming her dreams into reality? Let’s learn it from Meera herself.


  • Can Quantum Mechanics Do Anything? Physicist Reacts to Scenes From Sci-Fi Movies

    These days, seeing a laser sword in a movie is nothing to write home about. Instead, quantum physics is all the rage in Hollywood. But do the writers actually put any real research into their scripts? Do they know how quantum computing works? What about the Quantum Realm? To find out if sci-fi movies get quantum mechanics correct, we teamed up with a scientist from ITMO’s School of Physics and Engineering. Readers beware: mild spoilers ahead!


  • 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: Hamidreza Sekandari, Iran

    The bigger the challenges, the better – that’s the kind of optimism that we all need in our lives. Meet Hamidreza, an international student from Iran whose passion to excel in life despite setbacks is unparalleled. Currently enrolled in the Foundation Program, he is going to pursue a Master’s degree in information security. We got the opportunity to talk in-depth about his native country, Iran, and learn about its rich history and culture. We also asked him how it feels to be an international student and if he has had any unique experiences in St. Petersburg. You’ll find the answers in this interview.


  • 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.