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During their stay at the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service of the Presidential Academy, all foreign students visit several regions of the country. The main purpose of such trips is to provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in the modern culture and traditions of the Russian Federation.

The educational trip was divided into three parts. On the first day, members of the International Student Club got acquainted with the modern appearance of the city of Sochi. Students, accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide, visited the main attractions of the Khostinsky and Central districts of the city: the Akhun Tower, the majestic “palaces” of sanatoriums, the Sochi Sea Commercial Port, the buildings of the Art Museum and the Winter Theater, as well as the Dendrarium park with its rich living collection.

The second day of the trip was devoted to the historical aspects of the formation of the city as the main resort in Russia. Therefore, the students went on an excursion to Stalin’s country residence in Sochi, which is now the Stalin Museum. Next, the trip participants went to explore Colonel Kvitko’s Dacha.

The last day of the trip was dedicated to the legacy of the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014. The first place the students visited was the federal territory Sirius. There, club members were given a walking tour of the Olympic Park: Medal Plaza, Fisht Stadium, Bolshoi Ice Palace, and other infrastructure facilities of the Winter Olympic Games. The next attraction was the mountain cluster. Students visited Krasnaya Polyana and the Rosa Khutor multifunctional complex. In conclusion, the students visited the ethnographic park “My Russia”. This is all of Russia in miniature. “Siberia” with wooden huts, bright “Buryatia” with a Buddhist temple, the Kazan Kremlin, authentic Caucasus Towers and Demidov factories of the Urals.

Maya Makembe
, a 2nd year student in the program “Politics and Law”, studying at the IPACS Presidential Academy as part of an academic mobility program with the partner Catholic Institute of the Vendée, noted: “The Botanical Park “Dendrarium” was very interesting because we were able to learn new information about different plants from Asia to Latin America”.

Amina Novakovskaya
, a 3rd year student in the program “International Legal Profile”, studying at the IPACS Presidential Academy as part of the academic mobility program with the partner Turan University, emphasized: “We visited the ethnographic exhibition “My Russia”. Russia is a wonderful country, and I am very glad that I chose it for my studies, because Russia is a country of opportunities, great prospects both in education and in work”.