Since my exchange in Moscow is over, I can realistically assess what kind of experience it really was. First things first, the Higher School of Economics State University (HSE) is an University which consists not only of economic school but also of other 26 faculty departments with different faculty Staff members. These departments are located in approximately 80 buildings throughout the whole city of Moscow. Since I chose subjects from different faculties I had to frequently go from one end of town to another, but that isn’t a problem because Moscow has one of the most efficient metro in the world. Which daily transports more passengers than the metros London and New York combine together. In addition, the metro stations are really wonderfully decorated and when you walk through them you gain a sense of being in a museum and not in some normal waiting station. The stations differently designed with lots of pictures, sculpture and beautiful chandeliers which is nice to see. However, the morning and afternoon rush hours really should be avoided.
My home was on Kibalchicha number 5, which is a great location because it’s just 30 minutes by metro to the city center, i.e. Red Square, which is very close for a huge city like Moscow. Our dorm wasn’t new or modern, but it had all the conditions which are necessary for student life. Also the staff of dorm care kept everything clean and tidy, and they tried to help us at every opportunity they could. The atmosphere in dorm was great and gatherings of the entire floor of students were not rare.
The city of Moscow has 12 million people (officially), and some say as many as 18 million people due to the large number of immigrants. Despite the city has so many residents we had never experienced a negative situation or dispute, which would be expected in such a large city. Also, for Russians they are doing everything very slowly and they don’t stick to the agreements precisely, but it can easily be grow familiar. In the city of size and population like Moscow you cannot get bored, especially when it comes to nightlife.
Despite the fact that I missed one semester on ZSEM , I’m not sorry that I have chosen Moscow because I gained lots of friends from all over the world, learn a new language and advanced my knowledge which I consider that will be of great help to me in the future.