Why did our foreign students choose Master’s Programme Applied Linguistics and Text Analytics?
One of the features of our program is that we have students who come from different professional background. We have linguist-translators who have decided not only to continue their research in linguistics, but also to study IT skills, and linguist-teachers with the goal of changing their field of work. There are also those who, on the contrary, came for a linguistic base after business informatics. Let's not forget that we have a lot of international students. So why did they all choose our program? Why HSE? Let's find out.
Сan you tell about your background?
I am from Egypt, and I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and Education. I have been a teacher for about 15 years and I felt this is the time to try a new challenge and experience a different field. I chose major because it matches my skills and integrates the use of programming languages with linguistics.
Why have you chosen Russia for your study?
I have chosen Russia to study because of the high quality and internationally recognized education system. It was not a simple choice to find the balance between the quality of studying in a top-notch academic environment at such reasonable tuition fees and cost of living.
What are the main differences in high education in Russia and your country?
For the requirements and structure of the higher education system in Egypt and Russia, there is no difference between them. The Egyptian higher education system does not have an equivalent to the specialist degree in its Russian counterpart.
What cultural peculiarities of Russian can u highlight as an international student?
I will leave the answer to this question till I arrive in Nizhny Novgorod.
Your general impression and thoughts on our program
The Master’s program in Applied linguistics and Text Analytics excels in its structure. The program appeals to me most because of the integration of the fields of linguistics and text analysis with the aid of programming languages. I believe it will prepare me for a list of future positions in social-media websites, IT security companies and many international firms. The gains from this program are unlimited as it paves the way for a better future in many needed industries. As indicated in the description of the program, the theoretical and technical skills learned such as generating, analysis, judging and deriving high quality information from the texts are beneficial for a bright career as a research linguist.
(a second-year student Wael Galal)
“I graduated from TPU in Russia, majoring in mechanical design and participated in translation training projects during school. I chose this major because I like languages and computers (perfect match). The education difference between Russia and China is mainly in the examination system. Russian examinations require students to master knowledge more comprehensively, because teachers usually take oral examinations. Our project gave me the opportunity to learn deep learning systematically, but the school's LMS system still has a lot of room for improvement. When students have to hand in homework and check the class schedule, they need to switch between several versions of the system, which is very inconvenient.” (a first-year student Duan Bowen)
“I come from Cameroon. I decided to study in Russia because Russia is one of the most popular destinations for international students and it really has good and accredited universities. And moreover, the cost of living and studying in Russia is much more affordable than in other countries. I graduated from the university of Yaounde with a Bachelor`s degree in English language and Linguistics and I decided to study a Master`s degree that could combine both Linguistics and Computer Science. And “Applied Linguistics and Text Analytics” was the perfect program for this. The main difference between higher education in Russia and my country is that Russian teachers teach students how to apply the knowledge that we get in real business life. Students are not only taught the concepts and not just given the knowledge, but they are also shown how they can apply knowledge and everything they get in real life. But in Cameroon it`s not the case. In Cameroon you need to undergo extra training in order to have needed skills to have a good job. And to be honest, this extra training is much more expensive than studying in Russia. One of the cultural peculiarities that I noticed in Russia as an international student is that Russians are very open and friendly and this is what really touched me. Because you can easily call one of your friends and ask for helping and he or she will be available to help. And this is what I really liked as an international student. My general impression on the program is that it is really what I was looking for. It is exactly the kind of a program I always wanted to study. And the professors are very helpful. And if you have any problem, you can contact the professors any time and the problem will be solved. The courses are really consistence, and one of the most surprising things about the program is that has an internship period, where you can apply the knowledge that you get in real life. And this is something that has really marked me during my studies here at HSE.” (a second-year student Olivier Mozard Tiotsop Kamou)
“I have graduated from Russian translation faculty in Turkey and decided to come to Russia for practicing my language skills. I'm from Tekirdağ, Turkey and graduated from İstanbul Aydın University Russian Translation Faculty. I chose this program as I thought it's a great combination of IT and Linguistics spheres where I would like to chase as a career goal in the future. The main advantages of studying in Russia for me is observing the Russian language in its natural environment and acquiring new skills thanks to that. As I find Russian and Turkish cultures relatively close to each other I didn't face any obstacles while adapting this new environment. (Maybe food situation was a little challenging). The program fulfilled my expectations completely and if I had one more chance to enroll in a program in HSE I'd choose this program again.” ( a second-year student Mehmet Kerem Baysal)