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From Saransk to Dresden

Yulia from Mordovia N.P. Ogarev State University went to study at the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany

As a scholarship holder I studied at the University of Technology in Dresden from October 2012 to April 2013. Within the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 MULTIC programme I conducted research for my master thesis in the field of Business Administration Pedagogics observing the methodology and the lessons at the LSK (Lehrzentrum Sprachen und Kulturen) connected to the Communicative Teaching approach.

I was told about the programme at my home university, at the Faculty of Foreign languages where I was studying and working. I decided to apply for the scholarship because I knew that information I needed for my dissertation I could get only staying abroad. I liked the organization of the application process: the programme coordinators answered all my questions and then, when I knew that I had become a scholarship holder, they also helped me with everything. As winter semester started in October, I had much time to decide all questions with my accommodation and visa application.

When I arrived in Dresden, I didn’t have any issues with usual formalities. I was happy to meet my flatmates living in student’s dormitory and I would advise everybody to choose students campus as accommodation because there you can not only practise language or feel at home but also find real friends. I lived in a perfect place: it was close to the university and to the city center as well. Moreover, living in a students dormitory you can always be informed of all the events that take place at the university. If you are going to the TU Dresden, you should apply for accommodation on the website

As for studies, I had 10 classes a week because I was observing all courses of my supervisor. I found them completely different from studies in Russia! Students of Advanced Business/Professional English programme were motivated and willing to develop their language skills. I saw the applying of the so-called Communicative Teaching approach that now I am trying to apply at my home university working with my students. More than that, I always went to the comprehensive Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) where I could find all the books I had to read for my research. Having come back to Russia I am going to continue writing my thesis to defend it in July 2013. Now I have all the materials I need to make a comparative analysis and to finish my research in time.

My stay in Dresden helped me not only make a research for my thesis and improve my communication skills but also get to know the culture of the country I lived in, started studying a new foreign language (German) that I love now and motivate me to continue my scientific work in an even more intensive form. I am sure that the experience I got at TU Dresden made me competitive in the field of linguistics studies. I got into contact with a lot of professors and language instructors what can be useful in my future teaching practice. As a conclusion, I would say that now I am seriously thinking about doing my PhD abroad because it can be even more profitable for my future career.

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