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This leaves its mark on the city and the atmosphere in it.

This leaves its mark on the city and the atmosphere in it.

In a German university, I was attracted by the high ranking among European universities and a strong teaching staff, and in Estonian – the high probability of receiving a scholarship on admission, as well as the relatively low cost of living. I went to a German university, but I was not given a scholarship, unlike Tartu, which was a decisive factor for me at the time. I want to note that I consider this moment a great success in my life. What is the difference between life and education in Estonia and Ukraine? In short, these are completely different things. In Ukraine, many people get an education for several reasons: a) because mom or dad wanted or forced, b) because they did not want to join the army or get married. Most students in Ukraine become students immediately after graduation, when people are not yet fully aware of why they personally need higher education. In Estonia, the situation is completely different: people who are already mature and experienced receive higher education. During my first year of teaching at the University of Tartu, I met many students who came to the university because they wanted to understand and learn more about what they have been doing or have been doing for a long time, that is, working in this field. This makes the learning process much more interesting and productive, as people learn for pleasure and self-interest. Of course, there is a difference in approaches to teaching, in Tartu it is not customary to distance oneself from students, as if fencing off from them: “You are students, and I am a teacher and my opinion is authoritative and beyond doubt. “Here everyone is equal, and the teacher acts as a person who is just well versed in a material and ready to share it with the interested public. In this case, the teacher in no way excludes the possibility that some of his judgments may be erroneous. You have completed a master’s degree in “Software Engineering”. It was difficult to enter the course of this program? The application process was simple and clear, I was helped from the beginning until the very last moment, when I found myself at the bus station with suitcases in hand. I felt the university’s interest in my humble persona, which made communication with its representatives even easier and more enjoyable. In general, the team that works with applicants at the university is very professional and responsible. Are scholarships available in Tartu? As I emphasized earlier, when entering various faculties in Tartu there is a very high probability of receiving a scholarship that will cover not only tuition but and living in this city, which is one of the most important and decisive factors for many students when choosing universities, especially from Ukraine, where the level of welfare of the population, unfortunately, is not yet high enough for parents to allow their children to study at their expense … When choosing a faculty or program, carefully study its website, there must be information about what scholarships are available, if you do not find such information, you should look for the section “scholarships” on the university website (http: // www. scholarships). You continued your studies by entering graduate school. What was your motivation? The motivation was simple: I’m really interested here, I’m constantly finding new and new challenges: at the beginning of last semester I started teaching the subjects I loved the most – Data Mining, Advanced Algorithms. I also became a member of the BIIT research group (, which uses knowledge in the fields of data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence and statistics to try to find answers to some of the most difficult questions of today – how cure, for example, cancer or other diseases from which there is currently no escape. What is your impression of the lectures and teachers in Tartu? In general, for all my two and a half years of study and six months of teaching in Tartu, I have not met a single professor or a lecturer I would not like, with whom it would be difficult to communicate or collaborate. Of course, we should not exaggerate, because all people are different, and Tartu in this sense is no exception, but it is worth noting that the team here is very good and our faculty reminds me more of one big international family. In addition to teaching and teaching, you perform in as a mediator in scientific and educational cooperation between Estonia and Ukraine. Tell us more about the summer school you organize in Kiev. AACIMP Summer School ( is a project that is held annually at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kiev Polytechnic Institute” by the Scientific Society of Students and graduate students (NTSA), in the board of trustees of which I am. Summer school is a project that I could not leave completely, even after leaving for Estonia. It is difficult for me to speak discreetly about this project, as I feel if not a father, then at least a godfather of this two-week summer holiday of science and friendly atmosphere. traditionally takes place in Kiev in early August. Last year, more than 75 participants and 30 teachers from different parts of the world came to the eighth summer school. It goes without saying that in recent years there have been more and more people from Estonia among them. With the support of the chairman of my institute, Jayak VILO, I was able to invite six teachers and several students from the University of Tartu to participate in the Summer School, and I think that their number will only grow this year. What do you think about scientific cooperation between Ukraine and Estonia? it is quite obvious that such projects connect our universities and even countries. I am sure that in the field of scientific and educational cooperation between Ukraine and Estonia there is a huge potential, which I try to develop. Do you keep in touch with other Ukrainians in Tartu? Yes, there are quite a few Ukrainians, I know five people only at my faculty. There are various events where Ukrainians gather together and do something – represent the country on the day of the language (presentation of foreign students) or at a festival of foreign dishes support essay assist (presentation of national cuisine), etc. How do you like Tartu as a campus? Tartu is a very small town and everything here is somehow tied to the university. 60% of the population (about a hundred thousand people live here) work either in the university itself or in institutions related to it. About eighteen thousand students live and study here, thousands of whom are foreigners. This leaves its mark on the city and the atmosphere in it. Due to the large number of students in the city are constantly organized some events – sports, educational, cultural, etc. Tartu – is a real European city, because, despite its small size, it has everything your heart desires: huge sports complexes, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas, pools, skating rinks, etc. Is there an opportunity to settle in a dormitory here? Is it possible to work here in parallel with my studies? I already work as an assistant and researcher, I write my doctoral dissertation in parallel, moreover, I know that most (if not all my students) work, mostly all programmers. Yes, this is probably the most unpleasant part of entering European universities (not only in Estonia). You will have to get a residence permit, and today it is quite a complicated and expensive process, but so far there is no escape from it. What would you tell a Ukrainian student who plans to study in Tartu? Probably, everything I wanted and could, I have already told, but if to sum up all this in short, to study in Tartu is very cool. For me, it’s not just a university that has given (and continues to give) me a high-quality education, but also a place where I am trusted and given the opportunity to influence the state of affairs at the highest level (for example, cooperation in AACIMP summer school or participation in university marketing strategy). Here I feel needed. Learn more about the process of enrolling in the free Master’s program in Software Engineering at the University of Tartu: Learn more about participating in the AACIMP Summer School. in Kiev:

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There are enough places in university dormitories. And apartment rentals continue to rise in price – prices in a number of major German cities have risen by more than ten percent over the year. Meanwhile, the demand for “student utilities” is growing

How much is a “student communal” in Germany?

According to estimates by the German Student Union, one in four German students lives in communal housing. Experts of the real estate portal immowelt estimated that the living space in the “student communal” in Germany can be 40 percent cheaper than a one-room apartment.

The most expensive for students remains Munich: renting a square meter of housing in the “communal” (Wohngemeinschaft) in the Bavarian capital costs 12 euros per month. The savings compared to renting an equivalent area in your own apartment here are relatively small – only two euros per “square”. Students can rent a house a bit cheaper in Frankfurt am Main – 12.50 per “square” in their own apartment and, accordingly, 11 euros 30 cents in the “communal”.

But in most other “university” cities in Germany, the savings in the case of renting a “communal” is much greater. If you rent a room in a three-room apartment in Stuttgart, where two other young people live, you can save almost a quarter of the money.