The first semester of this academic year was successful for the Department of Theory and Practice of Foreign Languages. Last semester, 12 students of our department have studied in a number of universities abroad in the framework of the Academic Mobility Program. Among these countries, there are developed countries like Spain, Poland, China and South Korea.
Abdizhapbar Nurzhan Maratouly, a third-year student majoring in "Foreign Language: Two Foreign Languages" studied at the Warsaw University in the Polish capital, remembers his study abroad: "... This university is a one of the outstanding European universities. Each semester, more than 2500 students from other universities studies at this university through the academic mobility program. And, the lifestyle there is unique, people are friendly and hospitable. Another student studied at the same university, Auezhan Madina, was impressed with the quality of infrastructure built around the university. The Metro station is only 5 minutes away from the University and other convenient transports are ideal for students and teachers to go around the town and the university. Having studied at the Belarusian State University in Minsk, Dolkynali Akzhan, praises the hospitality of the Belarusian people, and the warm relation between students and teachers. Berdibaeva Altynai, who has studied at Pusan University of Foreign Studies in South Korea for one semester, has openly expressed her admiration for all the conditions created for the students and teachers. According to her, this educational institution in Pusan has been fully equipped with new technologies. All conditions are created for students and professors.
The most impressive thing for all our students was the educational systems of these countries. Students at the Warsaw University of Poland describe the peculiarities of their teaching as followings: "The education system is different, the lesson usually lasts for 90 minutes, and one subject is taught only once per week. In each academic group, there are representatives of different nationalities. For example, I studied in a group of Italians, Spaniards, Polish, Ukrainians, Japanese, and others. The teaching style is very comfortable. Every 3 weeks, the topics covered were quizzed. The assessment is mainly based on the student's attendance and the final exam results. "Studying Polish language ... we trained in small groups, and this was a great advantage for us because speaking practice was almost one-on-one" says Madina. Students who have studied in South Korea also say that the rating system is different. "For example, only 20% of the students in a group can get the grades "A" or "A+". That's why the competition is at a very high level" they say. It is said that students have many other possibilities at the same time. For example, Korean students are able to choose their professors freely, and will also formulate their own timetable accordingly. And the result of midterm examinations and final exams play a crucial role in the final assessment of students' knowledge. However, students also noted that this system had a positive impact on them. They say they spent most of their time looking for information in the books with their groupmates in order to get a good score.
Half a year abroad has also had a great impact on our students' world view. For example, Abdizhapbar Nurzhan says that he has made many friends in Poland and has become acquainted with the traditions and customs of other countries. Berdybaeva Altynai says her love and patriotism to his native country have grown even stronger while being abroad. Auezhan Madina, who visited several European countries within the framework of the program, was well acquainted with the culture of Europe. The history of the cities is intermeshed with the modern architecture, reflecting the vividness of the time and the depth and magnificence of the continent’s rich cultural heritage.
At the end of the speech, the students who spent half a year abroad and witnessed a rich culture, expressed their gratitude to the President of our country and our university for such a wonderful opportunity, and encouraged young people not to miss this opportunity.