I still have very fond memories of my years in art school in Russia, then the Soviet Union.
My school was then known as the Mukhina Higher Institute of Art and Design. Now it has been renamed once again after Baron A.L. Stieglitz, the original founder and benefactor of the school in pre-communism days.
I studied in the Monumental Faculty, which was unusual for women at the time. Out of about 10 students accepted per year, there would be maybe one or two women.
In my first two years there were six of us from the U.S.S.R., me the only girl! Each year there were also a small number of foreign students. In my class there were two boys from Mongolia and one from the Azores. They would all have to come several months early in order to be able to speak enough Russian to get by.
It was an exciting time, studying art in downtown St. Petersburg during the time of "perestroika". Access to art museums like the Hermitage and the beauty and architecture of the city itself created an amazing atmosphere to learn in! I could go on and on... maybe someone else has something to tell about their art school?