Want to brush up your German? International Office offers support for students

group of international students overlooking the city, viewed from their backs
Practising conversation skills in German, getting your thesis or letter of motivation proofread: International students can count on the support of volunteers thanks to an initiative by the University’s International Office.

International student Shubham Sharma who began his studies at TU Bergakademie Freiberg in 2016 highly valued the language mentoring and tutoring programme. "At the time, I had just arrived in Freiberg from New Delhi. I really appreciated the advice I got during that time," says the environmental engineering student. "Thanks to the programme, I got a lot of tips about what belongs in a letter of application and the structure of a CV in Germany. I also received advice on grammar and vocabulary. That taught me a lot. I always read the corrections afterwards and made notes so that I never make the same mistake again," continues Shubham Sharma.

Language mentor Heike HHeike Hoffmann und Shubam Sharmaoffmann has been involved in the programme for more than seven years. "I enjoy accompanying young people and motivating them to overcome the difficulties they encounter when studying in a foreign language", says the employee in the university rector's office.

"The volunteers provide our international students and doctoral candidates with very practical support regarding questions about the German language - and incidentally make an important contribution to better integrating the students into society," says coordinator Manuela Junghans from the International Office at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

"The volunteers have already corrected more than 500 student theses and facilitated countless intercultural encounters." After a break due to the pandemic, the programme is now picking up speed again. International students interested in taking part at the programme are encouraged to sprache-ist-brueckeatiuz [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de (contact) the initiative.

About the initiative „Sprache ist Brücke“

The project began as a language tutoring programme for proofreading. Today, there also is a mentor programme in which German is specifically learned in conversations and a language tandem in which the German tandem partners can brush up and perfect their own foreign language skills.

"Sprache ist Brücke" is a joint initiative of the Working Group of Foreign Students at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg (AKAS), the International Office and voluntarily committed citizens in Freiberg and the surrounding area under the sponsorship of the Association for Continuing Education at TU Bergakademie Freiberg ACATRAIN e.V.

Fragen beantwortet / Contact: 
Manuela Junghans, manuela.junghans@iuz.tu-freiberg.de