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LOCATIONS  / VLADIVOSTOK STATE UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND SERVICE (VSUES)
06.01.2014


Vladivostok State University
of Economics and Service

Владивостокский государственный университет экономики и сервиса

 
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Vladivostok is Russia's Asian capital and a center for Russia's diplomacy and trade with Far Eastern states. With the massive distance separating it from Moscow, Vladivostok has always had something of an independent and free-spirited streak. Many students have remarked on the intense interest of the population here to learn and experience other cultures and languages. Modern alternative culture thrives here.

Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES) has cultured relationships with universities in Korea, China, and Japan – bolstering its Asian Studies programs accordingly. Vladivostok is also an international trading hub with these countries and hosts Russia's second largest minority population of Asians who come here to work and do business. Students often take the ferry to Japan or a train to China after their program.

Location
VSUES is located east of the city center/downtown area. Buses go directly from downtown to VSUES; the route is about a 15-20 minute ride. VSUES sits up on a hill near roads with heavy traffic, so the area is a bit windy and noisy.

Campus/Student Life
VSUES has a close-knit community feel, particularly in the international students department, which is largely comprised of Asian students. There is a thriving alternative culture in Vladivostok, and it's not difficult to meet people who are going to be interested in you as a foreigner. Learning English in Vladivostok is currently in high fashion and you may actually be bombarded by requests to act as a study partner. We recomend that our students only accept in cases where a 50/50 language exchange (half the time is spent speaking Russian) or the SRAS student recieves payment of some sort to help fund their experience abroad. Otherwise, you may end up speaking English your entire time abroad!

Dorm Details
There are 5 dormitory buildings located on campus, and they have lockdown hours (curfews) that are strictly enforced. The dorms are extremely secure, with security guards, electric turnstile gates, and cameras on each floor. The dorms are in decent shape in general, and some of the rooms are quite new. The most common style of room has two or four beds in it. It’s bunk bed style, and each person in the room is provided with a wardrobe and desk. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. Request to live with other foreigners or with Russian roommates! There are many opportunities to interact in the dorm, especially if you speak Russian, Chinese/Japanese or Korean. High speed, unlimited Internet is available for a reasonable monthly fee.

Home Stay
Home stay is only an option in rare cases. Contact us about current availability.

SRAS Support at VGUES
The Deputy Head of the International Relations Department at VSUES is a member of the SRAS Team, and is available to answer any questions about the academic program and housing. A local SRAS coordinator, is 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 VSUES, how to use Vladivostok'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 and food outlined below and much more.

University Facilities
The campus has laundry facilities, a small clinic, a library attached to the main building (with computers available for use), and what is arguably Vladivostok’s nicest gym. Students can sign up to use for a reasonable monthly fee. It has a pool, track, weight room, aerobics room, smoothie bar with free Wi-Fi, and many other conveniences. It's also directly connected to the main dorms!

Campus/Near-Campus Food
There are 15 cafeterias on campus! It is very convenient to purchase food. The food is prepared fresh daily and is very inexpensive. These are well-maintained and comfortable to sit and relax or even do a bit of homework in.

Nearby Attractions
All programs include excursions (see the individual program pages for details). Must-sees in the city include the funicular railway, Vladivostok Fort No. 7, and the various museums dedicated to Vladivostok’s military and naval history.

Summary: Pros and Cons
Pros: Cultural immersion, opportunity to live with a Russian roommate in the dorms (this is unique as often foreigners are separated from full-time Russian students at Russian universities), high speed, unlimited Internet availability in the dorms, library connected to the main building with computer access, locals’ interest in Western foreigners, an abundance of eating options on campus, access to a nice work-out facility on campus (with monthly fee). Many locals may be interested in you for your English-speaking skills.

Cons: Dorms have lockdown hours (curfews) and are monitored to a degree some students may find overbearing, home stay is not always possible, the campus is not the most aesthetically pleasing, many locals may be interested in you for your English-speaking skills.

 

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Pros – cultural immersion, opportunity to live with a Russian roommate in the dorms (this is unique as often foreigners are separated from full-time Russian students at Russian universities), high speed, unlimited Internet availability in the dorms, library connected to the main building with computer access, locals’ interest in Western foreigners, an abundance of eating options on campus, access to a nice work-out facility on campus (with monthly fee). Many locals may be interested in you for your English-speaking skills.

 

Cons – dorms have lockdown hours (curfews) and are monitored to a degree some students may find overbearing, home stay is not always possible, the campus is not the most aesthetically pleasing, many locals may be interested in you for your English-speaking skills.


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