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Anastasia Kuznetsova studied German at Weimar Summer School

During August, Anastasia Kuznetsova, a student majoring in "Philology. Language and Literature (German)" completed the German language course at Summer School in Weimar, Germany. Anastasia took part in an internship with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The summer school brought together 400 students from all around the world. The youth came to Weimar to take a course in German language, as well as courses in design, urban science and architecture at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar.

The Deutsch in Weimar program envisaged the improvement of language and immersion in the cultural environment of the city and country. The MSU student was enrolled in a group with a advanced level of German (C1.1). According to Anastasia, the program helped her greatly to enrich her vocabulary. The course also helped to deepen knowledge of the history of Weimar and its cultural heritage, in particular by considering the role of the great women (Anne Amalia Braunschweig, Natalie von Milde and others) who have contributed to the development of the city. 

Weimar is the holy of holies of German culture. Goethe lived in this city for 50 years, a little less - Schiller did, Bach worked here. The spirit of art does not leave this place. Creative youth - architects and designers fell in love with Weimar. The incredible combination of classicism and modernism, the number of cars of the German car industry and bicycles, allow me to call this city - a city of contrasts. And this particular feature stroke a chord with me.

After arriving to Weimar, participants received a guide from the organizers of the events, which could be visited in August. According to Anastasia, they did not have to miss, because in August it was Goethe's birthday, the KunstFest Weimar - Contemporary Arts Festival and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Bauhaus. 

Between the least important events in my life, was a trip to Buchenwald. Strange though it might sound, but one of the reasons I wanted to go to Weimar language course was this concentration camp. Previously, I was able to visit the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on a neighboring land, and now I wanted to deepen my knowledge and maybe compare. Yes, I had a great interest. After all, each museum-memorial complex has its own history and emotions, and this can only be felt while staying there.

In her spare time, Anastasia Kuznetsova got acquainted with Germany.

You can travel all over Germany for free with a student ID, which is very cool. Almost every day after the excursions, my friends and I ran to the railway station to visit another city. So, I visited Jena, Erfurt, Gotti, Saafeldi, Naumburg, Rudolstadt, Leipzig and saw Berlin on the day of my departure. In such journeys, I get to know people better and become more open and cheerful.

As a result of her studies at Weimar, MSU student upgraded her German language skills from B2 to C1, receiving a certificate. Level C1 (competent language proficiency) demonstrates the ability to understand difficult and extensive texts of belles-letters style, searching, in particular, hidden content, as well as the ability to use the language effectively in teaching, social and professional life.

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