International Education Fair Courts Regional Students
On 16 February, Interuniversity Centre for International Educational Programmes hosted an international education fair at the Kazanskaya Yarmarka Exhibition Center.
The 21st International Education Fair included a seminar on international education (10am - 12:30pm) and an exhibition (2pm - 6pm). The attendees were mostly graduates or students of Russian universities, though there were also some school-age visitors. As the ICIEP has noted, most Russian students prefer to get their basic higher education at Russian universities, only then pursuing Master's or Postgraduate courses abroad.
The fair gathered exhibitors from all over the world-Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Malta, Switzerland, Turkey, the UAE, and the USA.
The organizers put an emphasis on study opportunities in North America, particularly in Canada. Representatives of three Canadian universities, four colleges, a language school, and the Canadian Embassy took part in the fair. Enthusiastic exhibitors from Alberta University (Canada) were eager to explain the ease with which Russian students could enter their university-take a language test and pay tuition fees.
The CampusFrance agency from Samara and the French Embassy formed the French sector of the exhibition. The agency informed visitors about the top French universities and colleges, French language programs, and ways of getting tuition-free education and scholarships.
The Dutch partner, NUFFIC/NESO Russia, organized an exposition entitled "Education in the Netherlands," where they present a wide range of English-taught study programs at Dutch universities. They also spoke about various government scholarships for Russian students.
ICIEP has been organizing fairs in Moscow for more than a decade, but Kazan has recently become a place of interest for its large number of students and increased interest shown in international education. Much of Kazan's youth view a foreign diploma as a strong beginning on a path to future success.
After Kazan, the same education fair was held in Moscow today and will be held in St. Petersburg on 19 February