THESE Russian triplets share everything from their birthday to their looks – so it’s hardly surprising they would want to stick together.
The trio chose to study an identical course at the same university in the Capital, and it is thought they are the first triplets to study the same course in Edinburgh.
Olga Zueva and her brothers, Sergey and Alexander Zuev, have just completed a semester at Edinburgh University’s Business School.
The 20-year-olds previously spent a year studying in Paris and were keen to travel further and experience the higher education system in the UK.
When choosing where to study abroad, the triplets’ decision to study in Edinburgh was unanimous.
Olga, Sergey and Alexander enjoyed a lively semester in the Capital from September to December and made friends from all over the world, becoming active members of the Edinburgh University Trading & Investment Club.
As well as being impressed by the Business School, they fell in love with the charm of the city’s Old Town – particularly views of the Castle.
Olga said: “People have often commented on how unusual it is to have triplets studying the same courses, but it has been great. We can support each other with our studies or if we miss home. It also makes us work harder as we are quite competitive.”
The triplets, who are originally from Moscow, also study together in the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
Although they were warned about Scotland’s climate, the siblings were pleasantly surprised by the sunny and relatively warm weather in Edinburgh while studying at the university. They have now returned home to Russia where they enjoyed a family Christmas, but are keen to come back to Edinburgh one day.
Edinburgh University currently boasts around 30,000 non-UK students, almost 100 of whom are Russian. The university is one of the top 10 destinations for Russian students choosing to study in the UK.
A spokeswoman for Edinburgh University said: “As far as we are aware, this is the first time that triplets have come from abroad to study the same subjects at Edinburgh. We are delighted Olga, Sergey and Alexander have enjoyed their time here, and we hope that they take back lots of fond memories and stay in touch.”
Russian students who choose to study at Edinburgh University are following in the footsteps of figures such as Igor Tamm, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1958, who studied in Edinburgh before the First World War.
The university’s association with Russia dates back to the start of the 18th century when Dr Robert Erskine, an Edinburgh alumnus, was appointed Chief Physician to Peter the Great and President of the Medical Chancery.