Summer plans: from Oxford to Perm

Every year foreign students come to Perm State University for summer internships. This year demand has broken all records.

There have now been more than a hundred applications from Oxford students for ten places. The fiercest competition has been for the programmes “Museums and Archaeology” and “Cultural diversity: Russia’s experience”, with  45 applications for two places. In the physics and microbiology faculties there were between five and ten people chasing each place. The internship will last for 6 weeks in the summer assuming the coronavirus situation in the region is favourable, and the British students are able to come to Russia.

The Oxford undergraduates will be given access to the university’s laboratory equipment. In Britain, only masters students are given such access. The summer school will include internships in microbiology and immunology. The students will do “fieldwork” on river rafting trips where they will learn about the biodiversity and the ecosystems of the Urals. Interns will participate in nanoparticle research and fluid dynamics, and there will be an archaeology internship and seminars on comparative cultures. Perm State University provides access for students to exhibits from their collections of classical antiquities: coins, ceramics and rare books.

“The summer school helps foreign students understand the potential of Russian research, to see the prospects for international projects, to decide on their own area of research interest and build a career when they return home”, says Vadim Gataulin, Head of the Department of International Links at the University.

About the programme Perm University has been coordinating a programme of summer internships since 2012, competing with leading Russian higher education institutions as well as internationally in terms of quality. Over this period over 160 Oxford students have studied at Perm State University. In 2019 Oxford University presented the university with the Gold Standard Internship Host award. Perm University is the only Russian higher education institution to hold this award. The University exchange programme has been a fundamental part of twin city relations between the two cities and the universities since the early 1990s, forming the basis for the founding of the Oxford-Perm Association.

A cultural programme runs alongside the academic programme, and the Oxford students attend theatre performances, museum exhibitions, sports events and master classes on national cuisine.

Ben Wolstenholme, an intern from St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, was asked  about his internship in Perm: “I was very lucky to spend some time in Perm in Russia. I was surprised by the hospitality in general. The internship gave me the opportunity to study the specifics of museum work and to gain an overall impression of the sector as a whole. I enjoyed studying the many Roman coins and assisting in correctly identifying their dates. I was also involved in the 3D modelling of museum exhibits. All this was a great complement to my academic degree.”

Info: the press service of PSU

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