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Impressions of Fourth-Year Modern Languages Students Anna Krashenninikova and Sophia Frolova About their Study Placement in Nottingham, UK

Our study program in England took place in fall of the 2018/19 academic year as part of an Erasmus exchange. We studied for a whole semester at the University of Nottingham, attending lectures and seminars. We took exams and at the end of the semester, we received a Certificate of Completion from the University. We lived in a local dormitory with students from all over the world who were on the same program as we were. Our neighbors were New Zealanders, Germans, Chileans, and Norwegians – an incredible experience of intercultural exchange! We practiced English and German with native speakers of the language and learned a huge amount about the traditions, way of life, and languages of our new friends, all of which was extremely interesting. We celebrated New Year´s together in the Russian style and talked about Orthodoxy. Everybody was really interested in what we had to say, since we were the first Russians that many of them had met in their lives. We became really good friends, and at the end of the exchange, everybody was saying that we were living like one big family – some of us really did get incredibly close to each other.

It was a real pleasure to study at the university. On the whole, the English educational system is different from the Russian one. There are fewer contact hours and they are generally about an hour long, but the rest of the time, you are meant to study independently in the library. The libraries, in a word, are amazingly well designed: everything is convenient, automatic, and comfortable – all done with the students in mind. The campus covers a large area and is more similar to a large park with the faculty buildings, sports facilities, and laboratories scattered across them, along with halls (i.e. dormitories).

We went to services in the Orthodox parish of Saint Aidan and Chad. Fr. Gregory was very kind to us, took us on trips, took care of us, and generally just loved us. The whole parish was also kind and hospitable: they asked us about life in Russia, gave us gifts, and welcomes us in the choir. We sung the services half in English and half in Church Slavonic, but the melodies were all familiar, just like in Russia. It was truly a great joy to meet such kind and attentive people while living overseas.

We spent a lot of time traveling! As the locals said, we travelled through all of England. Of course, there are still a lot of places that we still hope to see. As it is, we visited three parts of the United Kingdom (England, Wales, and Scotland), as well as Ireland (not Northern Ireland, but the independent country). We made it to the south of England with the white cliffs, to Brighton, to the north coast of Scotland, to the island of Lindisfarne, we flew to nearby Ireland (Dublin). We toured around great cities such as Liverpool, York, Cambridge, and Oxford, and went to Edinburgh, Bath, Durham, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Lake District and, needless to say, London. We could never have enough of the landscapes, architecture, and the whole atmosphere of good old England.

We would like to express our immense gratitude to all those who helped to organize this study placement. Of course, we are infinitely grateful to all the people who took care of us, helped us, organized things for us, and supported us. We would like to say a big “thank you” to the University, our Department, and especially to dear Lev Viktorovitch Pisarev for giving us the opportunity and arranging this amazing and invaluable exchange for us.

Anna Krasheninnikova and Sophia Frolova, Year 4,
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

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