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Exchange at Barcelona

Fedor Lukyanov, 3rd year student of the School of Foreign Languages participated in exchange programme with Pompeu Fabra University and shares his experience.

Exchange at Barcelona

Fedor Lukyanov

Going on a mobility exchange program is one of the most wonderful and crazy decisions of my life: it seemed that the pandemic had burned bridges between countries. Going to study in another country seemed to be something more inaccessible and distant like never before. But then the day comes when you say goodbye to your friends and family, pack your suitcase and head towards your new life in another city several thousand kilometers from Moscow to hot and unfamiliar Spain.

Long awaited flight, and now you finally leave the El Prat Airport in Barcelona. The hot sea air is full of anticipation of new meetings, travel, and freedom.

Six months’ life in Barcelona was like an eternal fiesta and an endless search for yourself in a big foreign city. Completely new faces, vivid events, adaptation to an intercultural environment and, of course, studies. In the end, you begin to feel that you are a part of all this and become a completely different person - and Moscow meets a new version of yourself.

The experience of mobility will forever remain in the hearts of the students who have gone through this experience. It leaves a mark in our lives that will help open the doors to the global world in the future. Intercultural barriers were eliminated. I realized how much the same people who grew up in completely different parts of the planet see the world and how well we understand each other, despite the different languages we speak.

Barcelona is an incredible international city that will surely make you fall in love with it, and it will never let you go.

Many people think that academic mobility is too difficult, and it is only for a limited list of excellent students. However, if you have your heart set on this idea, you will eventually realize that this is a reality that is available right here and now, you just have to want it.

I wish every student to receive a coveted letter with a nomination for a foreign university and live this whole life in one period having the best time of your life. This is a precious experience for which I’m very grateful.