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3:14 PM  October 23, 2020

More than 120 foreigners undergo pre-university training at TSU onlin

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийMore than 120 foreigners undergo pre-university training at TSU onlin

TOMSK, Oct 23 – RIA Tomsk. More than 120 foreigners from far abroad in 2020 began to study the Russian language and specialized disciplines in online courses of the Pre-courses Department of Tomsk State University (TSU), the press service of the university said on Friday.

Earlier it was reported that since March 2020, the Russian Federation has suspended air and rail links with a number of countries of the near and far abroad. In particular, transportation with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the countries of Central Asia was suspended. In this regard, the academic year for foreign students at the universities of Tomsk began remotely.

According to the dean of the Pre-courses Department of TSU Daria Tarakanova, quoted by the press service, their courses went online in March, but this did not prevent foreign students from successfully completing their studies and entering TSU for basic educational programs. In the new academic year, due to the current epidemiological situation, courses are also held online.

"Despite the fact that not a single student was able to come to Tomsk due to the epidemiological situation, 125 people from far abroad are currently studying in eleven groups. These are future bachelors, masters and postgraduate students. They are taught by teachers of Russian as a foreign language. The courses are planned until the end of June, but will be extended if necessary", – the message said.

© РИА Томск. Таисия Воронцова
It is explained that a program for two groups of Chinese students started on September 1. At the moment, they managed to complete an adaptation course and now they are preparing to enter the university. On October 1, a Russian language course began for residents of Ghana, Indonesia, Morocco, the Republic of Chad, Peru, Mongolia, China, Laos, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Ecuador, Algeria, El Salvador, Uganda, India, Korea.

Lectures are held on Zoom and on Chinese platforms for conducting webinars, independent work is carried out in Moodle and with the help of TSU's MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Russian. After completing the training program, students will need to take a test in the Russian language and entrance examinations in core subjects for admission to TSU or another university in Russia, the report said.

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