TSU: an international student view
Hilesha Humphreys, a student of the Faculty of Journalism offers you a short excursion.

In May of 1878, Emperor Alexander II signed a decree to establish Tomsk State University, the first Siberian university. Ten years later, the University's doors were opened on September 1, 1888, welcoming students to the medical faculty. One hundred and forty years after Tomsk State University's inception, it includes 23 faculties, with a diverse student body made up of people young and old hailing from various Russian cities and world continents.

The University Grove greets all who make their way through TSU's main entrance on Lenin Avenue with a layout of green grass and lofty trees. In the midst of the grove are a few benches for the weary wanderer. But the grove's design is more suited to those walking to and fro. It is an oasis of cool winds and calm scenery for pedestrians hurrying to their classes, jobs, or homes.

Tomsk State University’s main building is home to the largest number of the University's faculties. The stone structure with its museum-like decor houses three eateries, a concert hall, a cultural center, several museums, Alma Mater's editorial office, and a Sberbank branch. These words do not fully convey the splendor of all that TSU's main building entails--for that you'll need to enter its doors and take it all in, whenever time is on your side.

One of the most outstanding features of the TSU Research Library is the 24-hour information center for card-carrying TSU students, which is equipped with many workstations. The friendly library staff makes each visit a pleasant one. Additionally, the English and German language rooms not only provide a place where one can easily find fiction and nonfiction in those languages but also people with whom you can communicate in them. The sitting areas on each of the Library's floors are suitable for group or solo study sessions. Additionally, the Library also hosts various educational events throughout the year. Cafe Minutka can also be found on the lowest floor of the Library. The third building is adjacent to the Library and houses the Faculties of Philology and History, and the Russian Language Testing Center.

The Faculty of Chemistry, which is in the sixth building, is more tucked away than most. It is hidden by a canopy of trees where it stands at 49 Arkadia Ivanova, across the street from the TSU Stadium. Besides the Chemistry classrooms and laboratories, the building is also home to a Shotokan dojo. The neighboring stadium is comprised of a football field, basketball court, and a paved running track. The stadium is open at all times for use by anyone.

The Faculty of Journalism (66 Lenin Ave.) and the recently established High School of Journalism (20 Ushaika Street) are located in two of the more recently established TSU facilities. Both host conferences and courses centered around the field of journalism, bringing experts from local organizations in Tomsk and other Russian cities, as well as those from other countries. These buildings also stand out from the TSU norm in that they are not flanked by natural greenery of any kind, instead, they stand with rows of shops, restaurants, cafes, and other administrative buildings.

The twelfth building is the home of the Institute of Economics and Management (IEM) and stands a bit nearer to the main cluster of TSU buildings at 2 Gerzena. A little way from its doorstep is the Baby in a Cabbage monument. The interior can only be described as chic, with its glass paneled doors and minimalist design that leaves quite a first impression. And as you'd expect, the IEM hosts its share of workshops for students and residents of Tomsk.

A visit to TSU will get you acquainted with what the university has to offer indoors and out. Use the opportunities available to improve your physical, mental, and academic abilities. TSU is always waiting to welcome eager knowledge seekers.