As with most nations in Eastern Europe, the landlocked country of Belarus has a long and storied history. Much like Ukraine, the culture of Belarus has been heavily shaped and shifted by the multitudes of people that have passed through it, be they Russians passing into Europe, or European travellers migrating eastwards.
Despite its close ties with its neighbour Russia, Belarus has a distinct and proud culture of its own, with its own language, and customs, and cuisine, and art. Much like those in other countries in the region, students who opt to study in Belarus will encounter a relatively cool climate, with cold winters and mild summers.
The economic and political capital of Belarus is Minsk. Located towards the country’s centre, Minsk contains many of the most important political and cultural areas of Belarus, as well as one of its most well-known universities, Belarus State University. The university was founded in 1921 and exists today as a public institution, offering a wide variety of courses across the Belarussian capital with a key focus on research and on expanding its academic horizons, with perhaps the institutions most famous alumni being 2015 Nobel Prize winner Sveltana Alexievich.