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26 January 2016

How to Study in Russian, told Fifth-Year Student from Cote d'Ivoire

Amani Marcial, a student of Tomsk Polytechnic University, came to Russia from Côte d'Ivoire. He studies geophysics at the TPU Institute of Natural Resources in the fifth year. This academic year the student from Africa will defend his thesis. The polytechnicer told how much time it takes him to study and how his family considers his studying in Russia.

Currently the international student carries out course works and prepares for term examinations. Doing this he has to study in three languages: Russian, French and English.

“The national language in Côte d'Ivoire is French. When I prepare my own course works, I study literature in French and English. But the most part of the material is in the Russian language. It is more convenient, because by translation the meaning may be partly lost” - says Amani Marcial.

According to the student, he often makes reports on his own research. So, recently the polytechnicer has presented a comparative analysis of oil basin of Côte d'Ivoire and West Siberia at a TPU conference.

“It takes me a lot of time to prepare to a report. At first, together with my supervisor we conduct a research, prepare a work and write the text of a slide show. Then I learn it by heart, so the audience can understand me” - says Amani Marcial.

The polytechnicer admits that he does his best at tests and examinations, because the knowledge gained at the university is necessary in the future job. Amani Marcial wants to work for an oil and gas company in Russia. During his studies, he has already managed to test their skills in practice in Khakassia, on the training ground, and at home in Côte d'Ivoire.

According to the student, his family is very interested in his studying in Tomsk.

“My parents always ask me how my exams are. Usually I just say, I passed or failed the exam, without an estimate. In Côte d'Ivoire we have a different system of assessment: students earn grades from zero to 20. I think that my family does not quite understand the meaning of Russian assessment” - says the polytechnicer.

The information was taken from the website: http://tpu.ru/en/news-events/724/


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