Undergraduate Leaders' Program 2017

About Vladivostok


When I tell people who have never been to Vladivostok how special it is, I often find myself lacking words. Because the city is so magnificent, every single visitor (with very few exceptions) immediately falls in love with it; whether it is love at first sight or a complicated and passionate romance.

I often see that my emotional stories about the milky fog that covers the hills and turns the city into a wonderland puzzle people. And when I say that living at the edge of the ocean can indefinitely expand your somewhat limited awareness of “I” and can transcend you into the Universe, my audience usually brings me back down to Earth with a mundane question: "Why do you say ‘ocean’ and not ‘sea’?" Suddenly realizing that no words can describe this phenomenon, I show them photographs while humming my favorite local tunes. And when I start referring to hashtags like #vladivostok_beautiful and #vladivostok, my audience finally warms up to me: “Wow, I had no idea that Vladivostok is such a cool city!”

But wait, that’s not all! I wish I could tell you more. I wish I had a magic bottle with the scent of wet seaweed and pebbles from the shore trapped in it, or a shard of sunlight reflected from a glistering wave. This is why I believe that there is no such thing as a ‘former Vladivostoker’. It’s because of the stormy weather, the wind, the fog, and the ocean: they grow in you and then stay with you forever. This city runs in your vains till the end.

Looking into my ocean–colored eyes, listeners start to believe my crazy stories and nod their heads – yes, we should definitely go to this “end of the world” sometime – and I say, “absolutely!”, because the only way to truly know Vladivostok is to experience it.

Vladivostok – it is a Russian city, but is it Asian or European? Is it the center of a new world, or is it an ambitious world’s end? It is a city that lets you go, but never lets you forget...


The Primorye Region (Primorskiy Krai) is located in the Vladivostok Time Zone or VLAT. It is 10 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+10) and seven hours ahead of Moscow Time (MSK+7).

Primorye is gifted with distinct and pronounced seasons. Due to the monsoon climate, summer is hot and humid; and winter is usually dry and cold. However, these characteristics are rather relative. The summer season in different parts of Primorye varies due to the large span of the region, and also because of the Sikhote-Alin mountain range that divides its territory into unequal western and eastern parts.

The strong influence of the ocean contributes to the wayward nature of each season: spring in southern and eastern Primorye is protracted, often windy and cloudy. Summer and fall are usually delayed, and winter is very cold and harsh for such low latitudes because of the winter monsoon that brings cold continental air.


Vladivostok: +15…+25 °C
Primorye: +20…+32 °С