The Winter School of Intensive Russian Language for a group from Germany has finished at TSU. It was attended by 10 students aged 19 to 65 years. They had already studied Russian in courses at Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany) and decided to improve their language skills and get to know Siberia and its culture more closely.
This is the second school that the TSU Faculty of Philology has conducted with the Institute of Foreign Languages at Ruhr University. All participants had studied in Bochum at different times. Now they live in different cities in Germany, but they gathered thanks to the initiative of the head of the institute, Leo Weschmann. One of the students, Suzanne Habicht, even responded to the offer to go to Tomsk from Zurich, Switzerland.
Leo Weschmann emphasized that now in Germany there is a great interest in the Russian language and culture, especially Siberian culture, so a group of people wishing to go to Tomsk gathered very quickly - 8 people responded on the very first day.
All participants in the school have different levels of Russian proficiency, for example, Konrad Hunnekens, a second-year student, has just begun to learn the language; Suzanne Habicht was in Vladivostok twice and went to Yakutsk, Stephan Lack worked for 5 years in Moscow. However, teachers of the Faculty of Philology noted that all students have a good level for everyday communication and tend to speak Russian.
The school curriculum always combines lessons with an active cultural program. Guests meet up with Russian and Siberian traditions, see the pride of Tomsk - wooden architecture, visit the Botanical Garden and museums, and take part in workshops.
The students from Germany praised both the educational program itself and the level of organization. Leo Weschmann emphasized that he would like to continue to organize joint language schools with TSU.
TSU holds international winter and summer schools for international students in the Russian language, intercultural communications, management, climate issues, and information technology. They are held to enhance the competitiveness of TSU and attract talented students and graduate students from other countries to the university.