During our 8th meeting we discussed the schooling systems, as well as taught and learned some words and practiced pronunciation. I told guys that in Russia, children go to school (1st grade) when they are 7 years old and continue going to the same school until the 11th grade (this is when we finish high school). We do have a division by primary, secondary, and high school, but it is rather informal as children stay at the same school for the whole time. The learning programme is very intense and we get so much homework that sometimes it is impossible to complete everything. In many schools, children also have school on Saturdays (in my school, we had around 5 lessons on Saturdays, from around 11.00 am until 16.30 pm). This is very tough since we spend Saturdays at school and do homework on Sundays (it often takes the whole day).
After we finish high school at around 17–18 years old, we can go to university. However, there is also a possibility to leave school after the 9th grade and go to college, where they can start with more practical subjects like construction, cooking, etc. Normally, people choose to stay at school until the end, since it prepares them well for university.
It takes 4 years to complete a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years to do a Master’s afterwards. Some words that we practiced with guys were
Elina and Heini told us about the schooling system in Finland. Children usually start school at 7 years old, but they go to kindergarten before that. The elementary school lasts until the 9th grade, and then children have a few options to choose from. Secondary education lasts for about three years, after which students can apply to a university or university of applied sciences. Some words that we practiced in Finnish were the following:
School – koulu
University – yliopisto
U of applied science – Ammattikorkeakoulu
Student – oppilas/opiskelija (depends on the context).
Education – koulutus
Simon also told us about school in Germany. Chidren go to school at the age of 7 and general education lasts until the age of 18. Then they are ready to go to work or university. Most German schools are run by the government and are free to attend. Parents can, however, choose from a variety of fee-paying private or international schools.