The stories of our international undergraduate and graduate students

Our destiny is said to be determined by a set of occasions, and I think it’s true. There’s a great story about my choosing and entering MEPhI, but I better save it for the next time :).
While entering the university in 2012, I chose the faculty (that has now become the LaPlas Institute) almost by accident. As I finished a gymnasium in Riga, I had a pretty much vague idea of MEPhI itself, let alone its faculties. Yet I’ve got used to see my choice of faculty as a Universe’s gift even though at that time it was made almost without my realizing it, and education here sometimes seemed to be quite a bumpy road. All 8 years of my education (4 years for Bachelor’s program, 2 – for Master’s program, and now at the PhD’s program) I’ve been studying in one group with Russian citizens and never ever felt like I was less entitled. The first three years were tough due to the high level of education in the university and a significant difference between Russian and Latvian schooling. However, friendly and warm atmosphere in student and chamber groups, friends’ help and support, as well as professors’ expertise in subjects have constituted a powerful platform allowing for successful overcoming of student life difficulties.
The Dean’s Office of the LaPlas Institute has guided us like a captain its ship all these years and thus motivated to continue studying a lot. Of course, there were some awful situations in 8 years of education. There were times I wish I could leave it all here and go back to Latvia. However, now MEPhI, and the LaPlas Institute with my Chamber in particular, feel like home, whereas all yesterday worries have faded without leaving a trace.

I’m glad to have chosen MEPhI as it has proved to be one of the best universities.
Being its student means to study science with the most professional and skilled professors who always do their best to answer your trickiest questions.
You’ll never be alone here as there is always someone to help you, and give you advice, and guide you in future scientific and research activity.

I would like to tell a bit about my entering MEPhI, as well as about the LaPlas Institute and the university itself. I guess my feedback will be the most useful for applicants from Kazakhstan.
I was schooled in a Russian lyceum in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, where I successfully passed the exams. The MEPhI mobile admission committee that visited Almaty at that time made applying for MEPhI much easier. Good results in Olympiads (that of Rosatom, an engineering one) that regularly take place not only in Russia, but in nearby states as well also helped a lot.
Why entering MEPhI? There were several reasons to do so: it provides a lot of studying physics and math (these are disciplines I adore) and good infrastructure (dorms, campus, metro station, food stores – all in one place), and takes high position among other Russian universities.
Having studying here for 5 semesters, I can point on some advantages of MEPhI education, such as:
- first of all, you’ll be taught to be independent here and work on your own, it’s a life school;
- besides, the fact that you’ll be provided a really high level of education here doesn’t mean you can’t take it, so it’s always better to give MEPhI a try;
- teaching staff is quite diverse: there will be good lectors and tutors, as well as strict and demanding ones that are not always understood by students.
- the university provides lots of opportunities for those interested in sports; however, you should always remember that opportunity must always be supported by your willingness and activity.
- and a few words about the LaPlas Institute: it is mostly engaged in scientific activity. If you’re interested in it, get ready to work a lot because science is a serious thing, and it is treated so in MEPhI.
So, if you would like to get well-versed in skilled in science, MEPhI (and the LaPlas Institute) is the only way.
P.S. You can always contact me in the Russian social network Vkontakte.

At the end of the third semester I understood that it is the simple to the complex principle that underlies education in MEPhI; that is, quite basic tasks are followed by challenging and interesting ones. Unlike other methods of education, this one is the most useful for the studying purposes as it motivates students to achieve further goals and make them develop their own thinking. All students are taught to conduct individual research on any issue as well. Therefore, this method becomes a source of great satisfaction for any student interested in science.