This year, the Ural winter went warm and gently with students of the Faculty of Pre-university Training for foreign citizens of Ural State University of Economics. The absence of usual season frosts and fresh snow served as an excellent occasion for a fun and educational ew Year holiday.
For the first time in their lives, the students skated and played snowballs, visited the opera, looked at the backstage of the Russian theater, and learned the life story of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II.
"I flew in from Jakarta to Yekaterinburg in late October to study the Russian language and to enter USUE bachelor’s courses in management. I was afraid it would be cold, but I was fortunate in that respect. It was the first time I saw snow: it is very beautiful! We visited the ski resort "Uktus”, where we slid down ice chutes and rolled in the hips of snow. Besides, we visited the Yeltsin Center, the Ural Opera Ballet and the Actor’s House. We were shown New Year’s performances and told how they were created. We were offered to try on theater costumes, and communicate with actors and directors of performances. The story of Nicholas II, which I learned being on the excursion to the Church on the Blood, made a big impression on me,” an Indonesian student Ferdinand told us.
To study the history and culture of Russia on New Year's holidays visiting Yekaterinburg iconic locations has already become an annual tradition for students of the USUE Faculty of Pre-university Training. This year, at the request of students, for the first time, a ski resort was added to the usual route. The immediate plans include a visit to the Ganina Yama Monastery and a guided tour to Nevyansk.