Samara State University has always been known for its special atmosphere. This does not mean strictly research and academic activity but also the ability of our students to organize their pastime. Whether you are interested in improving your research skills, dancing or singing, contributing to the community development, everybody can choose an activity to their liking.
Students Club “Gaudeamus” covers a wide range of activities. Those aspiring for self-realization have unlimited opportunities to do so. One can join one of the university clubs:
Chess club “Debut”. “Chess is an art, a struggle, a science, a fight”. Here you can learn to play chess in an entertaining and efficient way, take part in tournaments and make friends who share your interest.
Speleo club. Speleology is the study of caves, their make-up, structure, physical properties, history, and life forms. The term is also sometimes applied to the recreational activity of exploring caves. We make journeys twice in a month on the weekends and a larger expedition once in a year. We have already been to a great number of unique places all over Russia: the Urals, National Parks of Bashkiria, caves in Krasnoyarsk and Astrakhan regions. In winter we go skiing and in summer we have a scientific expedition in Zhiguli Reserve.
Tourist club “Svarog” was established in 2002. Today you can choose one of the 4 tourist activities: trekking, hiking, bike-riding, water activities. This is a great way to explore our country and enjoy picturesque nature and friendly company.
Club of intellectual games is good for those longing for brain challenge. We believe that critical thinking, quick response, judgment capability and problem-solving skills are very important for young people. Together with other students aspiring for knowledge you will enjoy intelligent conversation and learn lots of new.
Dancing studios welcome those who feel that waltz, salsa or swing are the best way to express themselves. Dancing is a perfect way to keep fit, interact socially, have fun and gain self-confidence as you see people admiring your movements. Our dance groups perform at all University events as well as at various converts and competitions.
Choir “Vivat” is well-known in Samara. Many talented students want to join this award-winning team.
Theatre “Amalgama” is young but has already become recognizable thanks to its outstanding, creative, gifted actors. The theatre is a frequent participant of various festivals and has strong connections with major theatres of Samara. Our special friend is Alliance Francaise. Together we perform in French, have free lessons of French and conduct workshops on acting skills.
Club of psychological trainings was established to help students make their lives richer and their work more effective.
Our services include:
- conducting workshops on personal advancement;
- social projects planning;
- lectures and workshops of invited guests.
Comedy Club is an Americanized name of a purely Russian show performed by the “Club of the Funny and Inventive”. It has existed in Russia for 50 years and is a unique combination of all forms of art: theatre, dancing, singing spiced with a genuine sense of humour.
There are special all-university holidays such as Students Day, Knowledge Day, arts festival “Students Spring”, Freshman’s Day, Festival of Students Short Films and many others. They bring together all SSU students and create a joyful atmosphere for a long time.
Sports Club is a place where anyone can do 13 kinds of sports for pleasure and to upgrade their qualification. Teams from Samara State University regularly participate in various competitions and win prizes. Our best-known teams are football, basketball and volley-ball teams. All coaches are outstanding professional sportspeople.
You can choose one of the following sports:
- Track-and-field athletics
- Women’s soccer
- Table tennis
SSU tries to provide facilities for all students to practice any sport they like at any time. They can enjoy skiing at our skiing lodge in winter, our recreation camp “Universiada” in summer, and our swimming-pool all the year round.
Career Development Center was established in 2001. The main objective of the Center is to help students and graduates get jobs. Finding a good job is as difficult for a young professional as recruiting qualified specialists for the companies. We do our best to help them find each other.
- cooperation with youth organizations to create part-time job opportunities for students;
- assisting departments in search for placements for internships within the curriculum;
- cooperation with local government authorities, business structures and NGOs interested in improving the position of the graduates at the labour market;
- organization of Career Days, Job Fairs and other similar events related to job search/
- informing the university community about job opportunities;
- assisting with resume and CV preparation and developing interview skills;
- labour market analysis;
- counseling students on choosing their career paths.
Students of Samara State University are known not only for their academic success but also for their initiative, creativity, and willingness to help. There are many opportunity for them to express themselves through volunteer activities. Students often come up with the ideas to help other that are successfully realized such as charity concerts, fundraising, psychological aid.