Travel is a book which contains different pages, the more you travel the more pages you are open to study it.
I am Safia Ujudi Mchavu from Republic of Tanzania. I am among the first students to attend the “Go International Plus” project Semester in Georg August University of Göttingen at the Institute of Anthropology attending the course of “Africa modernity the case study of Tanzania”, I am a student from the University of Iringa in Republic of Tanzania pursuing Master of Arts Tourism Culture and Society (MATCS).
The life abroad in Germany especially in Göttingen city has widened my knowledge and horizon, provided me space for pursuing the passions and meanwhile develop the personalities and the exposure which is quite essential for one’s career building process.
The beautiful city of Göttingen has the greenish environment which attract different culture of people who are coming from different area of the world especially refuges who are asylum seeker, also I can say that the population of the city here is the number of students (German and International students) who are Studying at Georg-August-University in Göttingen which is one of top ranked in Germany and in best 100 of the world.
The streets of Göttingen which are surrounded with different architectures design and the restaurant where you can find different kind of foods and coffee, also manybicycles around the citymake the city to be a unique place to visit
Through Göttingen I was able to meet and find different friends some of them are my colleagues who attend together the courses and even some of them are the restaurant owner which we exchange the experience of living here in Göttingen
All in all I want to pay my gratitude to “Go International Plus” project who gave me this opportunity and special thanks to those who participate to make this program possible at Göttingen.
I can never forget those beautiful days of life and without forgetting that one day I will visit this place again .
As part of the program “The Russian Literature in the European context” between the Georg-August-University of Göttingen and the Voronezh State University, we (Irina Pravdina, Daria Turishcheva, Anna Kartseva) studied in Göttingen from 19th October 2016 till 31st July 2017. At the Slavic Seminar, being one of the founders of this program, we attended following courses: Typology of literary studies, Eastern Slavic Postmodernism (with the example of Sasa Sokolovs «Skola dlja durakov», Jurij Andruchovics «Perverzija» and Alhierd Bacharevics «Saroka na sybenicy»), L. N. Tolstoj: Vojna i mir, Russian literature in the cultural history and semiotic context, a course for literature theory (supplementary course B2 – tandem), a course for literary methods, genres and epochs as well as language courses of different levels.
Moreover, in the course of our studies in Göttingen, we also attended lectures with general educational value, which were often hold by foreign scientists. Two of these lectures need to be highlighted: The lecture by the Croatian professor Rafajely Boschik «Puschkin and Brodski: The elements of artistic syntax» and the discussion of the movie by A. Tarkowski «Stalker».
In order to find necessary materials for the upcoming master thesis, we went to the library of the Faculty of Slavic Studies and the Central library. The search was successful and we found a large amount of literature available in many languages and different fields. Apart from working with the materials at home or reading them in the libraries, there was the possibility to scan these materials free of any charge. Thus, this made the access to the necessary materials much easier.
In addition to the study program, the leisure time represented a possibility to immerse deeper in the German culture. Regular visits of student events (festivals, regulars’ tables, concerts, evenings of the national cuisine), the great national holidays (Christmas and Easter), of the theatre (German Theatre in Göttingen) and of the cinema were very exciting and knowledge building. By doing excursions to different places in Germany, we had the chance to make interesting (international) contacts and to apply actively our German knowledge skills. Daria Turishcheva, as a member of the oldest student choir «Blue Singer», sung at charitable concerts in Fridland and in the Church of Saint Pauls in Göttingen. We (Irina Pravdina and Anna Kartseva) were happy listeners at these events.
At the end of the first term, we successfully completed examinations of the compulsory courses as well as one seminar paper. At the end of the second term, we participated in a colloquium, in which we presented the topics of our master thesis. It helped a lot to write the master thesis, which we are supposed to submit in early November.
Worth mentioning, is also our pedagogic traineeship running parallel to our regular courses. We had the task to teach the Russian language for German students, being after the fourth linguistic-practical seminar and thus, having already learned some peculiarities of the phraseological stock of the Russian language. On this basis, a contrasting analysis of the two language systems German and Russian was from now on possible for us in various aspects.
The Slavic culture is of great interest to German students and lecturers, both dealing with the peculiarities of the Russian language and literature. The used perspective do we find really interesting. Consequently, the further development of this program will undoubtedly contribute not only to the consolidation of international relations, but also to the expansion of the field of Slavic research through cooperation and experience exchange.
Coming from my home country Tanzania to Gottingen was a great opportunity that made me realize my potentials. I am Jesca Nyambita from Tanzania a student at University of Iringa, Tanzania. Being in Gottingen for one semester has transformed me positively in many ways. I was very happy to join Erasmus semester in Georg August University of Gottingen City.
Doing the best in studies and everything is what have always wished for and wanting to achieve in my life, for such reason being in Gottingen I knew was something super I could ever asked for and I could never and have never regret being in Gottingen for a semester. Actually, I was more excited when I realized that, Georg August University of Gottingen is one among the best University in the world which offer a very quality education and giving out good and competent products from different professions out there.
I felt very happy and comfortable with the welcoming experience which I had when in Gottingen since Orientation day to the last days of my stay in the city, it was real amazing.
Gottingen City is a good place to be, for learning, for making international connections and for socializing with different people from different cultural backgrounds since there a lot of international student from different parts of the world.
When in Gottingen I learned a lot about the city and social life in general, furthermore I was impressed with different issues concerning the city such that, I loved the city and its’ undeniable beauty from both man-made and natural landscapes which all together blend a nice image of cool environment in total. The city has got nice buildings with a great architecture designs, great technology and good infrastructures too. The city combines nice and different people from different cultures whereby one can get to learn and experience others culture without any difficulties through socializing with people or through a certain language program where people can meet and exchange language skills, learn or establish more of language skills.
The City has got so many good places whereby people gathered and enjoy their time by having varieties food according to different places and cultures of people such as there are Turkish restaurant whereby people could go and eat most of Turkish dishes, Indian restaurant, Asian restaurant such as mai-mai, Italian restaurant such as Vapiano restaurant and so many other places which offered nice food and beverages. Also there are some shops which sale different food products and other products such as African and Asian shops, apart from that, I used to have very nice moments at the ice cream shops found within the city, all was good being a student in Gottingen.
During my stay in Gottingen I had a lot of fun whereby I used to do evening walks too with some of my friends, I even attended some of the evening parties whenever I was invited and had the chance to join, for sure that made me feel active and alive each day. I found comfort zones for relaxing and refreshing after classroom sessions such as, open spaces in gardens which are found within the City, I once did a barbeque in one of the gardens found within the city with the group of my German friends and few classmates.
All in all, Gottingen felt like my home, there was enough security in every corner which made me feel secure and worry about nothing at all especially when walking down the streets in the city. I was comfortable and relaxed with people I met and the friends I had around me. I travelled with friends to the nearest places/town for different tours using semester ticket by student identity card such places were Hann Munden, Hannover and so many other places which are within the city, it was a great opportunity to experience more of what was going on to the other side of the world. Gottingen makes it hard for anyone to get idle or bored since there are a lot of wonderful places, recreational activities to participate and much more. I never worried or missed a thing as long as I had all this to my sight.
Much gratitude to Erasmus and the whole team which in one way or the other, organised such program for many international students to pursue their career.
Erasmus connects people, promotes harmony and much more, dreams of many are transformed into reality.
Thank you to Erasmus Team!
I spent my spring semester 2017 (February till June) in Voronezh, Russian Federation within the
Double Degree Study Program „Russian literature in European context“. In Voronezh, the program is
hosted at the Department for Russian literature, within the Faculty for Philology of the Voronezh State
University. In Voronezh, you will study exclusively in Russian language, together with Russian
students, which will visit in the following semester Göttingen, where they continue their studies
together with the students sent from Göttingen to Voronezh.
Already in the preceding semester in Göttingen, there will be some organizational preparation
necessary, which is connected with the visa application for your time in Russia. As the colleagues of
the Department in Göttingen have already experience in this, you will have assistance in the process.
Additionally, in this semester you will prepare your Russian language mastering, to be prepared for
Russia. There will be Russian students from the preceding year in Göttingen. They will help you to
improve your communication skills.
Voronezh is a large city with approx. 1 million inhabitants. There is all kind of possibilities in all price
ranges, from culture to shopping, drinking or eating. Unfortunately, the street and bus network is
overcrowded and at rush hours stuck. But soon, you will know by intuition, how to use Voronezh
If you have some holidays, you can use the train to visit other Russian cities. There is a day train to
Moscow, which runs two times a day within 8 hours. Also, there are direct connections to St.
Petersburg, and to Adler (close to Sochi).
The Voronezh State University is a quite large university, which occupies a couple of campuses. The
building of the Faculty for Philology is located in the center, close to the Lenin square. 10 minutes to
the south, is the main building of the university, which hosts among others some administrative offices,
so you may have to come here. In the north, 20 to 60 minutes by bus is a new relatively new campus,
which hosts not only the Faculties for Economy and Journalistics, but also the dormitory, where you
most probably will live, the Department for International Relations, where have to go for visa
formalities, and a new swimming pool with fitness room, which belongs to the university.
The first days:
As always, in a new city and a new country, there are a lot of formalities to be done in the first days.
But you won’t have to manage it all by yourself. There is a buddy system at the university, which
consists of nice students, who will follow every step, you have to make (if you want to). A few days
before your arrival, your personal buddy will send you a mail to exchange contact informations, and on
your arrival in Voronezh, she or he will meet you at the airport, train or bus station. Also, if you don’t
understand some of the bureaucratic problems, your buddy will help to translate and explain it. You
won’t get lost.
In your first weeks you will receive a complete and fixed timetable of your courses. It’s the same
timetable of the 1st year of Master students in the same program of the Voronezh students. Only, that
they will have language courses in German language, instead of Russian language. The rest of the
courses are seminars and lectures about literature and the teaching of literature. You will have to read a
lot of Russian texts, but you will see, that within few weeks you will not only be able to read quite fast
Russian literature in its original language, but you’ll be able to talk about this literature with your costudents
in your seminars.
In the first weeks of June will be the examinations. They are always oral and individual. You will get a
list of questions during your courses, and at the beginning of the examination you will get two of them
randomly to answer them. This is not as terrifying as it may sound.
All in all, you will learn a lot from the nice and competent staff of the department. Also, I quickly felt
homely in the department as the people working and studying really cared about me.
Close to the dormitory is a small copy shop, where I used to print from my pen-drive. Once, I printed a
few pages, which made, lets say, 42 rubles. But I didn‘t have small coins, only 50 rubles. But the
woman working there couldn't change. So, I asked her a couple of times to take the 50 rubles without
changing them. She didn‘t want to, but searched and searched for some coins. In the end, she gave me
the printed pages and the 50 rubles and asked me to bring the 42 rubles the next time.
This is, how I experienced most of the people in Russia: Trustful and helpful.
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