PetrSU Students Completed an Internship in Belgium
The 4th year students of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU Valeria Ananieva, Anastasiya Kuzmicheva, and Nadezhda Ulianova have studied at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles under the Erasmus+ exchange program.
The students of the IFL started their studies at the Faculty of Letter, Translation and Communication on February 3. On the first day, they were introduced to teachers of the faculty who presented their courses. Students who come on an exchange have a substantial advantage: they can choose courses they like and need.
“We had three weeks to make our choice. I can’t say that it was easy, as we first had to go through the catalog of courses, choose the ones we liked, determine whether they agreed with PetrSU curriculum. Then we had to check the schedules of each teacher, attend his or her class and see what their students were studying and whether it was what we needed, and finally decide in favor of one course or another. This was a valuable experience as we finally saw for ourselves what it was like to choose courses depending on our interests and to independently make our schedule,” shares Anastasiya Kuzmicheva her impressions of the first days of studying.
The students attended classes at the university for 1,5 months. Then the coronavirus outbreak started and all Russian and European universities switched to distance education.
“It is a pity that we could not fully immerse into the study process at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. The first six weeks literally “flew by”, and the studies continued online. The teachers were quick to adapt to distance education: the amount of material for independent studying increased, there were more written assignments, as well as classes on Microsoft Teams, during which we could ask questions and discuss our mistakes with the teachers. Virtually all exams were in written form, which is convenient given the conditions of distance education,” tells Nadezhda Ulianova.
“It was a challenging, yet exciting time. We are happy for this opportunity to immerse in the French-speaking environment, learn more about Belgium, her culture and specifics, as well as gain knowledge in translation studies,” says Valeria Ananieva.
The teacher of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles of translation from Russian into the French language Nicolas Franckx sent a letter of gratitude to the Vice-Rector for International Affairs Marina Gvozdeva. In particular, it says:
“During their stay in Brussels, despite the hardships, your students were ever rife with enthusiasm and diligence. I watched as they studied and improved week after week, which stood proof to the positive impressions I had at PetrSU in autumn. You have students with clear motivation who achieve a high level of proficiency! I hope we will find opportunities and time for further development of our relations. The last several months have been hard for all of us, yet there is a silver lining to it since we all have made headway in mastering information technologies, Internet platforms, and videoconferences. Perhaps these technologies will facilitate our cooperation in the future, whether in education or research”.