Ilya Lashkov participated in the inclusive education program at ITNPE while studying on his MPEI Master course. He visited the Technical University of Dresden and now, together with Nikolay Lyapunov, shares his impressions of German studies. Upon receiving his master Degree, Ilya continued as a postgraduate at MPEI and visited Dresden again, this time on the "Global Education" Program. On these last few days of 2017, Ph.D. student speaks about his experience.

First, I want to explain what to do to get the scholarship and study abroad as a PhD student:

Required documents:

  • Language exam certificate
  • Approval of a foreign university and academic advisor to accept you

Essential moments:

  • Academic credentials
  • Similarity of the program you want to apply for with your specialty at MPEI
  • Personal motivation
  • Articles published, academic activity

Scholarships duration:

  • Semester scholarship (undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates)
  • Annual scholarship (Master graduates, postgraduates)
  • 3-5 years (postgraduates)

In my opinion, these are the most popular scholarships

  • Erasmus+, for Master students,
  • DAAD, for Bachelor, Master, Ph.D. students and young scientists and researchers,
  • Global Education, for Master and Ph.D. students
  • Alexander von Humboldt, for scientists with an academic degree

To get an advice on scholarship programs, you can register on the MPEI portal in the "International Programs" section and get an answer to your questions.

Now I will be talking about the studies in Germany. After the half-year stage at TU Dresden, I started to prepare to postgraduate studies at a foreign University.

My program is called "Global education". Winners are to receive the grant that covers education on Master graduate or postgraduate studies at one of the foreign Universities. The duration of the course varies from 1 to 5 years. The grant is given in one transaction and is enough to pay for your needs and even to travel a little. However, upon completion of the course, you are obliged to work for the Russian company for at least 3 years.

Receiving the grant is quite easy. When you are going to postgraduate studies, you have to choose a University among 200 top of the Global Education website first. Second, you visit a site of scientific group that you like, third, write an e-mail to your future professor and tell him about your achievements and keenness to study under his supervision. For sure, students that have already participated in the exchange programs have much more chances to succeed.

To follow the options and size of grants of the Global education, I recommend visiting their workshops. You can learn more about them on the official website There you can talk to the representative of the foundation and ask the necessary questions.

It’s Christmas now, and in Germany fairs take place everywhere, so it is a bit tiresome to write about studies. The fair in Dresden is second best in Germany. People from abroad come here to relish the shining city before the feast and rest in awe regarding perfectly decorated sites.

One can talk about the transformation of the city eternally, but for sure, it’s better to see the holiday by yourself. It is also great to see the Saxon Switzerland on the border between the Czech Republic and Germany in a couple of kilometers from Dresden.

If you are in doubt or afraid to go to a foreign country, I want to assure you that you won't be alone there. Friends appear very fast and you do not get bored. Moreover, there are many Russians everywhere. In conclusion, I want to wish you success, go to your goal and never give up.​

08.08.2019 17:33