Online Academic Mobility Program with Belgium
Students of the Institute of Foreign Languages Elena Petrova and Anna Zhestkova (program Teacher Education with specialization in French and English Languages) and lecturer at the Department of German and French Languages Ekaterina Khankevich complete studies at the Higher School of Translators and Interpreters of Free University of Brussels.
Higher School of Translation and Interpreting (ISTI) as a part of Free University of Brussels since 2015 trains interpreters of 9 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Russian. In virtue of international recognition and 60 years experience (ISTI was found in 1958), the School has signed the agreements on cooperation and mobility with 110 universities in over 30 countries of the world.
PetrSU and Higher School of Translators and Interpreters of Free University of Brussels have been keeping cooperation for years. Last year 3 students of the Institute of Foreign Languages Valeria Ananieva, Anastasia Kuzmicheva and Nadezhda Ulianova managed to complete intramural training with financial support of Erasmus+. Coronavirus pandemic closed all the borders, but opened the opportunity of online learning. Since February 2021, students of PetrSU Elena Petrova and Anna Zhestkova and lecturer at the Department of German and French Languages of the Institute of Foreign Languages Ekaterina Khankevich have been studying features of interpreting and translation from/into French, improve their language skills and currently preparing for exams.
Feedback from acting translator, lecturer of Russian language and active participant in cooperation of two universities Nicola Franks:
"A year ago, when the pandemic spread in the world, we all had to quickly adapt to new circumstances, and we started teaching via various online platforms having almost no experience in this area. Three students from PetrSU staying in Brussels at that time with an Erasmus + grant also had to adapt. Despite all the technical difficulties and the psychological burden of self-isolation, they regularly and enthusiastically attended classes for the rest of the semester and came home having all their credits. Well done! And this year there are also three girls on exchange, but they have a completely different situation - they have chosen a six-month exchange, bearing in mind the fact of online learning. Of course, we regret that we can only use screen to conduct classes and communicate. But anyway, the classes are going well, students’ motivation is evident, as well as their progress! Of course, online courses will never replace onsite courses. Of course, they cannot substitute language immersion. But still, the pandemic taught us one thing: modern technologies can provide us with additional or alternative solutions even in international relations!"
Ekaterina Khankevich, lecturer at the Department of German and French Languages:
"We had a great chance to take part in Erasmus program. In situation of online learning we can continue to obtain new knowledge and improve language skills. All classes are fulfilling and informative, the information is well-structured and consistent enough. It is worth noting that lecturers at Free University of Brussels are not only highly-qualified, but also amazing people. Warm and friendly atmosphere always prevails in classes. I am grateful to Nadezhda Barymova and Nicola Franks for ongoing cooperation of the universities nowadays, whereas students can learn the nuances of the language".