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LOCATIONS  / NOVOSIBIRSK STATE UNIVERSITY (NGU)
22.01.2012


Novosibirsk State University
Новосибирский государственный университет

 
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Novosibirsk is an "extreme" location, perfect for adventure-seekers who want to experience an industrial Siberian city, with almost no English spoken, and within close access to such activities as mountain climbing in the Altais, hiking, skiing, and more. Novosibirsk is also a major scientific hub, attracting students who are ready to study math, science, or information technology in Russian. While the staff at  Novosibirsk State University (NGU) are warm, friendly, and helpful, you will need to learn to embrace the rest of Novosibirsk, because it will not embrace you. If you are looking for a physical and emotional challenge, Novosibirsk may be the place for you.

Location
NGU is located in Akademgorodok, an area about 20 minutes by bus from the rest of Novosibirsk. Akademgorodok is a separate community in itself, comprised of several universities. It has all the usual items found in any town, including stores, restaurants, cafes, museums, a movie theater, clubs, and libraries.

Campus/Student Life
Akademgorodok has a small community feel, while Novosibirsk itself is industrial and spread-out. Foreigners who are outgoing and speak intermediate Russian and involve themselves in student activities will be able to find a place in the community.

Dorm Details
The dorms are a 10-minute walk from the main building. Single rooms or double rooms available. Most of the rooms have a bathroom and shower shared with one roommate. Kitchens are shared with the floor. Rooms contain desks, beds, and wardrobes, and most rooms are in decent condition. Linens and towels are provided. Wi-Fi is available at three different speeds (and three different costs). Other Internet options can be found in our Guide to Electronics in Russia.

Home Stay
For a more immersive experience (and additional cost), our more adventurous students often elect to stay in a Russian home. It's not for everyone, but it is an experience! Limited availability.

SRAS Support at NGU
Alina Bogomolova, Foreign Student Adviser in the International Relations Office at NSU, is a member of the SRAS Team, and is available to answer any questions about the academic program and housing. SRAS coordinators are always available by cell phone to answer any questions, discuss any concerns, or help in the event of emergency. All arriving students on SRAS programs are given a practical tour covering NGU, how to use Novosibirsk's public transportation, and where to find food and other necessities. Upon enrolling with SRAS, students receive a detailed guide with specific information on where to find the facilities, food, laundry facilities, etc.

University Facilities
Laundry facilities are available. Students have access to the NGU sport centers under guided training courses. Akademgorodok has two swimming pools. NSU is in a nice wooded area with plenty of trails for jogging, and there are plenty of outdoor sports activities available such as hiking and mountain climbing.

Campus/Near-Campus Food
One of the least expensive options is the NGU dining hall located a short distance from the dorms, but there are plenty of other options nearby.

Nearby Attractions
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Summary: Pros and Cons
Pros: cultural immersion, possibilities for outdoor activities, dorms within walking distance of the main university building.

Cons: non-central location within Novosibirsk, lack of Western foreigners can make you feel isolated if you don’t integrate


 

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