My name is Joshua Moore, I am an international student at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk. I come from Northern Ireland in the United kingdom. I am here on a one year programme studying Russian language. I started my studies in Yakutsk this September. I feel that even in the few months that I have been here I have learnt so much.
The Russian language is very difficult for native English speakers to learn and visa versa. However at the university we have a very well structured course for learning Russian. I have spoken with international students who have studied in other Russian cities, such as Moscow, and they feel that the standard of teaching here exceeds what they have experienced elsewhere.
I also feel very blessed to have such a great provision for international students here. Our international office is always available and will always help to the best of their abilities. All of those who help with international students are an amazing asset to this university, this city and the Sakha Republic.
Through their work with international students they are very competent ambassadors for this region on the global stage. The people here have been very helpful and I have found it easy to feel at home very quickly. Despite the extreme cold there is a spirit of shared responsibility and cooperation to help each other.
This has been very encouraging and is something to be upheld. I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to meet and form friendships with so many wonderful people from a vast range of countries and continents and through the events organised by NEFU International we are like a large multicultural family.
I have had the opportunity to visit some villages outside of the city. It has been great to meet the people and see some of the beautiful nature of the Sakha Republic. Some of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences that I have had have been meeting the people and learning about their unique culture. I look forward to the rest of my study here and very much hope to have the chance to return to Yakutia.