Petr Cherkasov

International Economic and Business Law, LLM, University of Groningen.

Posted by Marina Zernaeva at Nov 24, 2014 02:15 PM

Why did you choose to study in the Netherlands

Firstly, I have Dutch friends who live and study in Groningen, from them I have learned about University of Groningen (RUG) even before I decided to go study abroad.
Secondly, in Russia I worked in a company with Dutch CEO and we had many clients (companies) from the Netherlands. Also, as an employee of that company I have taken part in some Dutch events in Moscow.
Therefore I feel in some way connected to the Netherlands and decided to look for study opportunities in Groningen.

What was the most difficult part of the application process for you?

Getting academic reference was the most difficult part, as I graduated my university in Moscow some years ago, it went through restructuring and change of staff since then, and it took me a lot of time to get through all the bureaucratic procedures to get an official reference letter from them.

What were your first impressions of the Netherlands and the university? 

I had very positive first impressions of the Netherlands, partially because I arrived to Groningen just before the local festive, ‘Bommen Berend’, have started. Thus I found myself in the atmosphere of a holiday with a lot of music on the streets, cheerful people and many public activities.
The university also did very good with properly organized registration, inspiring welcoming speeches by the mayor and Rector Magnificus on a ceremony in Martini Church, and last but not least - a fair with representatives of all necessary facilities and organizations, from banks to student associations.
The only disappointment was that my residence permit was not ready by the welcoming day as it was promised by the university international desk, and I was required to go to another city two times in order to get it.

How would you describe the study process at your university?

The study process encourages students to work a lot on their own or in small groups. There are not too many lectures in each course, and to properly understand it a lot of reading is required. Then it depends on a student, if he or she wishes to study such course to the depth, not only the recommended books and materials should be read, but also other researches, articles and books of widely quoted authors.

How did you get used to the life in the Netherlands?

I did not have any problems with living in the Netherlands. I think of myself as of a very flexible person, and changing place of living does not seem to be a trouble. Dutch people are very nice and I am learning Dutch language, which will help me to feel very comfortable here.

Can you remember any particularly funny or amazing moment from your stay in the Netherlands which you would like to share? 

One day I went to the Stadspark in Groningen, and to my surprise, I found there a certain kind of a zoo with domestic animals. It was possible to stroll among goats, geese, ducks and so. There were special vending machines with animal food, and when anyone used it, goats and lambs would rush to it, pushing such person away and fighting for their share of treat. I looked very funny indeed!

How do you see yourself in 3 years?

In 3 years I would like to be on a high position in an international company as a lawyer, or to start my own business if I see a good opportunity for that. I hope to stay in the same area of business where I worked before – international trade, preferably between the EU countries (especially the Netherlands) and Russia.

Posted by Marina Zernaeva at Nov 24, 2014 02:15 PM