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 on a hill near roads with heavy traffic, so the area can be a bit windy and noisy. However, the campus is also surrounded by nature paths, offering a more secluded, peaceful experience. Supermarkets, drugstores, cafes, and a department store are within 5-minute walk.
Campus/Student Life VSUES has a close-knit community feel, particularly in the international students department, which is largely comprised of Asian students. Students have opportunities to experience and understand Russian traditions and culture through hands-on experiences learning to play traditional musical instruments, participating in art master-classes, international competitions and celebrations, attending concerts, exhibitions, performances and festivals, or trying delicious cuisine. The VSUES International Club offers open membership and hosts many activities to build friendships and have fun. Every student is welcome to attend the Speaking Club meetings where international and Russian students gather to discuss topical problems in Russian and participate in different activities.
Dorm Details The dorms are secure, with the guards and electric turnstile gates, and cameras on each floor. Dormitories don’t have lockdown hours (curfews). The most common style of room has two or four beds and each person is provided with a wardrobe and a desk. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. Students are provided with all the necessary bedding which they are supposed to change every week. Dishes are not provided; students buy all they need to cook themselves at the dormitory’s kitchen. All dormitories have laundry facilities. 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 VSUES Wi-Fi 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 International Programs Coordinator of the International and Cultural Affairs 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 VSUES infrastructure has some strong advantages: the campus has a small clinic, a library attached to the main building (with computers available for use), a sport complex that includes a gym, a 25-meter swimming pool, an outdoor soccer field, a fitness center, jogging tracks, an athletics arena, sport halls for weightlifting, wrestling, boxing, table tennis and a shopping center. All VSUES buildings are connected to the dorms, which makes going for a class, for example in winter, very convenient as students do not have to take outerwear. High speed, unlimited VSUES Wi-Fi is available for a reasonable monthly fee.
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. The average cost of a proper meal, which consists of a first and second course, salad, dessert and beverage, is 160 – 200 RUB. These are well-maintained and comfortable to sit and relax or even do a bit of homework in.
Nearby Attractions All programs include excursions and master-classes (see the individual program pages for details). Must-sees in the city include the observation point “Eagle’s nest” with the view on both bridges Russkiy and Zolotoy, funicular railway, Submarine C-56, 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 are monitored to a degree some students may find overbearing, home stay is not always possible, many locals may be interested in you for your English-speaking skills.
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.