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HSE Lyceum Students Take Part in Ca' Foscari Summer School

On June 25-28 HSE Lyceum students participated in the Discover Ca' Foscari Week. The students attended lectures on various subjects, learned about Ca’ Foscari student life and participated in a rich cultural programme prepared by the university.

The aim of the Discover Ca' Foscari Week is to give students an idea about studying in Venice, as well as the university education system in Italy as a whole, i.e. the European credit transfer system (ECTS) and the Bologna process. The four-day programme included introductory lectures by professors from Venetian universities, cultural workshops and visits to the historic centre of the city.

Sofia Slominskaya 

‘The trip to Venice to Ca' Foscari University was my first trip abroad, and I was very impressed by it. Most of all I liked the last day of the trip — we visited the science campus and went on a tour to St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace. The trip was very well organized and I never felt bored. I really enjoyed it.’

Anastasia Pelivan 

‘We attended a lot of interesting lectures about the university in English, which made me think about enrolling on their programmes. Despite the fact that everywhere lacked air conditioning, I would recommend other students to participate in such events. The wonderful streets of Venice lifted our spirits every morning.’


Yaroslava Novoselova

‘If you asked me to describe the Discover Ca' Foscari week in three words, I would say that it was eventful, international and beautiful. We learnt about all the faculties of this university in just three days, visited research laboratories and met the students. Despite the fact that students from Russia made up the majority of the group, we met people from different parts of the world. I couldn’t help noticing the uniqueness of Venice with its canals, where we took hundreds of photos. It was very hot (neither the water nor cold showers could help us) but the heat didn’t spoil our impressions of the university and the city. If I was invited to go again, I would agree without hesitation.’

Alexandra Shukurlaeva

‘The four days spent at Ca' Foscari was an incredible experience. First, we walked around beautiful Venice, because the university campuses are located throughout the city. In addition, all the lectures were in English, we also talked with other students in English, and it was a chance for us to improve our language skills and learn a little about life in different countries. The lectures varied from the history of Venice and linguistics to economics. Most of all I liked the lecture about cybersecurity and, of course, trying Italian food! I’m not sure if I want to study in Venice, but I’d like to thank the organizers for this experience and the wonderful impression it made.’

According to Maria Philippova, coordinator of international educational programmes at the HSE Lyceum, the event is held every year for Italian students, but this year the school was open to international students as well. Students from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia took part in the event. During these few days the students had an incredible experience.

‘I would like to thank Marina Batalina, Head of the International Cooperation Office, who helped us to organize the trip, and Valeria Brandina, who helped us to commuicate with the Italian university,’ says Maria Philippova.