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International Students at GSOM. Testimonials

Copenhagen Business School
CEMS student, Spring 2016

Amazing organization by the International and CEMS office. Incredibly helpful and always available to support us.
There were too little CEMS electives courses to choose from but in general I can't find any really bad aspects of my exchange. At the contrary, in all the aspects this experience was outstanding and amazing. Russian Language course and New Product Management can be recommended to enroll for.
I think GSOM and Russia as exchange destination are incredibly valuable for any students who want to get out of his comfort zone and truly live an amazing experience. Incredibly happy and satisfied of my exchange and of my life in Russia. If I could, I would go back right away!

Federica Grazi, ESADE
CEMS student, Spring 2016

To my mind registration process was inefficient, and few courses were available for CEMS. Also having classes on Saturday was one of the worst aspects.
Out of GSOM courses I would recommend Supply chain and strategic marketing.

All in all, GSOM is worthy to come to understand Russia and for a good life working balance. Saint Petersburg is great!

University of Economics, Prague,
Master student, Spring 2016

I came to GSOM because of very good references from other students. Some of the worst aspects of the semester were University/faculty online system and February frosts.
In general GSOM offers high quality courses in combination with very kind atmosphere. Saint Petersburg will definitely change your opinion about Russia and break a lot of stereotypes.
I would like to thank especially very helpful employees of the International Office.

L. Bocconi University, Italy,
Master student, Spring 2016

I came to GSOM because I think Russia could play a main role in economic world in future.
Unfortunately staff in dormitory does not speak English. Other negative aspects were limitation in choosing courses (some of them were only for CEMS students) and overlapping courses. While positive aspects were Russian course, discovering Russian culture, International Office's staff is kind and super efficient. Out of GSOM courses I would recommend International Financial Management.

Christer Halvorsen, NHH Norwegian School of Economics
Master student, Spring 2016

To me GSOM was an out-of-the-box destination.
The most problematic issue was the planning of Russian class (we had overlaps from the very beginning of the course, which is crucial for the further participation of the class) and classes on Saturdays.
Also, to my mind sometimes there was bad correlation between workload and learning outcome.
Still, I can recommend Doing Business in Russia and Marketing of Innovative Products courses.
The most positive aspects were Buddy intro week, excellent service from international office and social network. In general, exchange met my expectations and I would recommend GSOM to other students.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Bachelor student, Spring 2016

I came to GSOM because I wanted to experience Russian culture in the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg.
A piece of advice: You need to figure out the geographic location of the University campuses, dorms and places in the city. And then get to know how to best use the public transportation and taxi systems. The survival guide would come in handy.
Knowledge Structuring, Inventory Management can be recommended among GSOM courses.

WU Wien, Austria,
Bachelor student, Spring 2016

I came to GSOM because of Good Reputation, St.Petersburg interesting history and architecture, I heard only good from former exchange students and wanted to improve my Russian skills.
I didn’t stay in the dorms. People come to SPb because of the city. Generally, I would have stayed in the dorms, but it’s just too far away from the city center.
In general the following three courses can be recommended to everyone: E-Commerce (Sergey Yablonsky); International Financial Management (Yulia B. Ilina); Inventory Management and Distribution in Supply Chains (Andrey V. Zyatchin). If a student likes statistics is Applied Business Statistics also very good. Generally, studying was a very good experience - only problems were sudden room changes, exam dates were published just two weeks before the exams.
GSOM has Great buddy team, international office responds quickly to every question. The survival guide was really helpful.
A few things will definitely go wrong, you will sometimes be frustrated and irritated - don't worry, that's normal. You cannot prepare for everything but there is no problem that cannot be solved. Just ask the buddies, ask the international office or other Russian students for help. Everything will eventually work out fine. Just relax and enjoy your stay. And if you are from Austria or Germany - forget it, no one will be perfectly punctual and also that is ok. You will get used to it ;)

WU Wien, Austria,
Bachelor student, Spring 2016

In academic terms Exam dates were available very late (two weeks prior the exams); changes of dates or time of consultation hours some hours before were not always handable, Grading sometimes was not transparent. Still, the quality of courses and teaching were ok.
I need to mention that there is no supermarket near the university campus in Peterhof and on some days canteen and cafeteria were closed and the food machines were empty – be prepared.

Learn to be patient. Everything here happens slower and later than expected, but it will work out in the end. You can lean on the help of all GSOM members (international office, students, professors). Try to be part of the city and the community, make friends from all over the world and enjoy the different life in St. Pete. I enjoyed meeting a lot of new friends from all over the world; the city during winter and spring – amazing and experience of a university day in another university than mine.

ESC Rennes School of Business, France
Bachelor student, Spring 2016

I came to GSOM because I always dreamt to go to St P and the school is very good.
The bachelor campus location in Peterhof was a challenge.
In general, if you are open minded enough to stay in a country where language and behaviors are different, you will discover an amazing city and very welcoming people. I would recommend to attend Digital marketing, International operations.

Skema Business School, France
Master student, Spring 2016

I came to GSOM because of the location in St P and the good reputation. I would recommend to attend Behavioral Economics & Decision Making, Global Economic Environment. I didn’t like clashes in the schedule, but I enjoyed GSOM efficient administration, excellent introduction week and nice teachers. I would recommend GSOM to other students.

HEC, Paris,
Master student, Spring 2016

In terms of quality of teaching it was hard to find a teacher really interesting and interested in teaching his class. Courses recommended are Global Economic Governance; Sustainability and Stakeholder Marketing; Doing Business in Russia.

If you want to go to Russia, there is no other best business school option. But, if you just have to choose between different country universities, I would say the quality of most of the classes is not that high.

The International Office was always available. The GSOM staff is very helpful, and you can always count on them for your administrative or scholar problems. And believe me, that is really something more GSOM has.

ESC Rennes School of Business, France
Master student, Spring 2016

The administrative aspects were all right, but there is a need of English speakers in the dorms and a less complex way of paying the bill for the dorm and the laundry.
I would recommend to attend Managing Intellectual Capital for Company Value Creation, Technology Innovation, Strategic Leadership, Marketing of Innovative product. To all future GSOM exchange students: Just enjoy your exchange semester as much as possible. It is a valuable international experience via discovering a new culture and meeting new people for all over the globe.

Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana,
Master student, Spring 2016

My choice was the city, my faculty cooperates only with GSOM, so I decided for it. The reputation and ranking of this Business School just confirmed my decision. The information availability and organizational aspects at GSOM were at a quite high level. Academic quality was quite good.
All in all, amazing city, great faculty, friendly staff, friendly people in the city, nice opportunities to travel, good food, lots of culture and sports, etc. Considering all that, SPb + GSOM will be super good choice for your exchange.

Valtteri Uotinen
University of Turku, Fall 2015 exchange semester

I am highly satisfied with the administrative support and information provided. Also with GSOM buddy program. It was excellent.

Generally, level of education was good. In my university, studies are a bit more theoretic.

Claire Ivanoff
KEDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL, Fall 2015 exchange semester

I liked a lot my exchange period at Saint-Petersburg University. I am really satisfied about the courses I took on exchange. I found the level of teaching and courses content very good. The topics were useful. The administrative staff was so helpful and I thank them for everything. The only thing I found was hard to understand and impossible to do yourself was how to set up the WIFI in our flat, because they do not speak English in the university IT department.

Alessandra Di Giacomo
Bocconi University, Fall 2015 exchange semester

The exchange semester is a great experience in toto. Students should apply in order to join this kind of opportunity. Personally speaking, the exchange semester in Saint Petersburg has been a memorable experience that I will never forget even if the city and the university system are particularly challenging.

GSOM’s and Bocconi’s systems are very different. Generally, the academic hours are not really fully optimized. Too many hours of the same topic and professor per day... It is challenging to do constantly presentations and assignments but we also need some contents and theoretical basis to apply in.

GSOM is always and incredibly helpful for every kind of problem you will have. Some more info about the courses could be provided in advance.

I liked very much the activities proposed during the welcome week and all the performance of Marinsky Theatre.

Thibault Auzou
EMLyon Business School, Fall 2015 exchange semester

It was a great experience. An extraordinary welcome period by students and directors of GSOM followed by 4 month of enjoying a wonderful city and nice school. The teachers were really nice, available and helpful for most of them. The administration was efficient and helpful, particularly GSOM’s international office and Robin Jensen. The schedule given in Excel form is not handy however, it would be better to have an online version month by month.

Albin Aronsson
Stockholm School of Economics, Fall 2015 exchange semester

What’s your general opinion about the exchange period at Saint-Petersburg University?

I really enjoyed it. The GSOM building is quite small and cozy. Compared to my home university I got to know a lot more domestic students and did not only hang out with other exchange students. The professors were very engaged and it was easier to establish a personal relationship with them compared to my home university.

Are you satisfied with the administrative organization of your exchange period?

I am satisfied. The administration works different from what I am used to in Sweden, the biggest difference being shorter notice for changes etc. In Sweden everything is planned 6 months in advance. We were always updated on changes in the scheduele however and everyone was extremely helpful, both by email and in person.

Liu Yuan
SEM, Tsinghua University, China, Fall 2015 exchange semester

All things were very good before December, but the life including study, trips and daily life became a little harder after December because of the cold weather.

All courses are rich in content and all professors are knowledgeable and good in lecturing. The topics of all the lectures are useful.

I am very satisfied with the administrative organization. The staffs are really helpful and kind.

I love almost everything in Saint-Ptersburg and I enjoyed myself here. If only some dormitory staffs can be more reasonable and under regulation.

Michael Switula
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Fall 2015 exchange semester

I really like the enthusiasm of the university. They tried to manage all the problems that occurred with courses.

Some of the teachers were just reading the slides and so actually one don´t need to go to some of the lectures. Other lectures are really interesting but not the input is too much for the given credits like Quantitative Methods in Business Research/Finance. And of course there are some lectures that are just really good like Managing Intellectual Capital for Value Creation.

The introduction week was helpful and fun. It was possible to meet all the exchange students and to build up friendships. Actually, the choice of the events was really good and I would not change there anything.

Dominik Wohlfahrt
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Spring semester 2010

I was welcomed in a warm way, everything proved to be well-organized. From the beginning of January I have been in steady contact with International Office of GSOM. My questions and pleads were immediately dealt with.

Introduction Week had friendly atmosphere and perfect possibility to acquaintance with other exchange students and especially with Russian students. Necessary program for foreign students to get a brief overview of St. Petersburg and the main sights. It helps to orientate easily in the large city. There was a good mix of cultural activities as well as company visits. The guest lectures and especially the Russian course provided further information. Good standard dormitory with the possibility to live together with Russian students!! Really great!

Monika Popova
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Spring semester 2010

The Introduction Week was very well organized: guest lectures and cultural events. I would suggest more sightseeing with some experienced (Russian) guide. In order to hear something more about history and culture of Russia and to become better informed. In my opinion it would be great way to “meet” Russia initially!

As I already mentioned, that I personally, was very interested in more cultural events. Maybe an additional guide for what is worth to see in St. Pete. I do not mean those commercial guides sold for profit, but suggestions from “insiders”. Guest lectures are always interesting and useful, so if there is possibility for more- the better.

The dorm is comfortable, it was clean, which is most important for me. And I am glad, that I could walk to both buildings, since it was good located. I personally did not face any problems with guards.

Anda-Lucia Coman
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Spring semester 2010

The Introduction Week was extremely useful for me! For the orientation in St. Petersburg and as well for getting to know all my fellow students and people from GSOM! It was much more than I expected - it was really great! And I will definitely recommend to visit them. It was the best way of getting to know all the fellow students, even the ones your don´t have courses with. And also, it´s a great way to get a first overall impression of St. Pete and Russia. It was very nice and greatly organized. However, as a CEMS student, I would rather want to choose if I have participate in some classes or not. If compulsory, I would suggest to at least get some ECTS for it, e.g. like for a skill seminar.

I had my own flat, but International Office was very helpful with providing me the information about the dorm and keeping the place for me until I managed to find a flat.

Mikko Värri
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Spring semester 2010

Culturally, the Introduction Week was great and very useful. Now I really know what´s there to see in this city. It was pretty much what I had expected. There still should have been a certain planned time for doing all the compulsory things, such as registration, the dorm fees, tuberculosis test etc. In my home university I did something close. There were a lot to do during the first days. The schedule was tough, and we were many times in a hurry. Still, every place was worth seeing and visiting and that is why should not leave anything away from the program.

And Mariinsky Theatre was just amazing!!!!!