Olympiad Victory Takes Student from Vietnam to HSE
Thuy Tien Huynh, a 21-year-old from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has long been interested in Russian language and culture, classic Russian literary works, movies, and music from the Soviet era. While searching for opportunities to study abroad in Russia as a student in the faculty of Russian Linguistics and Literature at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Vietnam, she came across information on the HSE International Olympiad and decided to give it a shot.
‘Registering for the contest isn’t difficult at all, since all you have to do is register online. However, preparation was really a hard and stressful time for me, since I knew the HSE International Olympiad competition was highly competitive’, she says.
Making the competition even more intense is the fact that he number of people studying Russian in Vietnam is continuously increasing as a result of the cooperation between the two countries, especially in the fields of politics, science, commerce, tourism, and oil and gas.
‘While preparing for the contest, I looked over all study materials supplied on the Olympiad website, tried to memorize specific Russian and English vocabulary related to my subjects, summarized the main points of information I read and logically arranged them. As with any contest, if you wish for a victory, you have to devote your determination, time and a 100% effort to it’, she says.
All her preparation did pay off, however, as Thuy Tien Huynh won the contest and a scholarship to study at HSE this September in a full-time programme that will last five years. During her time at HSE, she plans to concentrate on Oriental studies, possibly focusing on the Arab world and its differences in history, culture, political, social and economic life. She notes that apart from Russian, Arabic is one of her favourite languages and one she hopes to be able to spend more time learning.
Receiving the scholarship from HSE was not only a great news for Thuy Tien Huynh, but also for her family – especially her mother who supported her throughout the process. While she acknowledges that it will be challenging and that there will be times when she misses home, she is looking forward to living and studying in Moscow.
‘It will be totally different from what I have here in Vietnam’, she says. ‘It will be a new independent life with a wide range of new things…it will bring me an invaluable opportunity to grow up, experience a new living environment, make friends with a lot of people from around the world, enjoy spectacular Russian nature and, last but not least, have a chance to live in such a magnificent and romantic city as Moscow. I am eagerly waiting for it!’
Regular admissions deadline for undergraduate programmes is August 10, 2018. You can apply online.
Anna Chernyakhovskaya, specially for HSE News service.
Photos provided by Thuy Tien Huynh.
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