Eight international students started studies at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy this autumn. Three of them are exchange students who stay here for one semester only and then continue studies in their home country, and five study Sound and Visual Technology in the two-year English-taught master’s curriculum at the academy.
The master’s students of Sound and Visual Technology come from Azerbaijan, the United States of America, Russia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Erasmus exchange students are from Lithuania and Norway and they study dance art, handicraft and metalwork. Krista Tamm, the academy’s International Relations Specialist, explains that besides their major discipline, international students also learn the Estonian language and culture.
We decided to find out what made these people come to Estonia and Viljandi and what they plan to do while they are here.
Rufat Mustafayev from Azerbaijan started his master’s studies in sound technology. He said he had applied to several European universities, including the Polytechnic University of Milan, but still chose the programme offered in Estonia, because it covers both visual and sound technology. In Italy, he says, it is possible to study music and acoustic engineering. “I decided in favour of Viljandi because in this industry, sound and visual art always work together and it would be good if I had experience in both fields before I start work,” Mustafayev explained.
He has previously studied in Turkey and Azerbaijan, and while pursuing his bachelor’s degree, worked as a volunteer at a Formula 1 stage and at European Football Championships. “By the end of my studies I already worked for those companies,” he says with pride. He is an active student, which is confirmed by the fact that Mustafayev has helped coordinate Erasmus projects in his homeland and often visited Turkey and Georgia in connection with these projects.
Of the two years he will study in Estonia, he plans to spend one semester in a Berlin recording studio to study how to create audio design for video games. This is his dream.Continue reading