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The following personal statements by former participants might help to create a sense of the individual learning experiences and the atmosphere in the courses. We hope that these impressions will help you decide to attend our FUB-ContinuEd courses.

Abid Faheem, India

Hello, my name is Abid Faheem, currently doing my PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - India. I took the course Understanding Global Sustainability Challenges which was really helpful in deepening my understanding of contemporary global sustainability challenges.
The course provided me with a thorough insight into the global sustainability issues and how we can address them. As I come from the field of the development sector, the course proved to be quite beneficial for me in acquiring new perspectives and learning. Exciting and enlightening interactions with colleagues, course experts, and the course facilitator enriched the learning experience.

Frédérick Deschênes, Canada

Hello, my name is Frédérick and I live in Canada, Montréal, where I study philosophy. I took the course Academic Writing in German which was very helpful for me as I intend to do my PhD in Germany.

This course was very valuable for me because it familiarized us with the German academic style and its peculiarities. It also helped me to gain more confidence in my oral and written skills. I liked that my fellow students and I came from different disciplines, which always led to exciting and enriching discussions. Our lecturer took this diversity of backgrounds into account and always tried to adapt the content of the course to our interests.

Mathias Foit, Germany

I'm Mathias and I'm doing a PhD in queer history at the Freie Universität Berlin. Despite the German first name, I'm not a native speaker of German, but, since I study German history, I would like to start publishing in that language. The course Academic Writing in German offers a unique space to discuss the intricacies of German academic writing. The group was encouraging and respectful, and the instructor was very helpful. The course has given me confidence that, although I might not have a near-native command of the German language, I have all the tools it takes to write a good academic text in German.

Yushu Soon, Malaysia

In some courses you get the feeling that the end is approaching too fast, that a nice experience is already becoming a thing of the past. I had this feeling in the course Academic Writing in German with Dr. Marita Meyer and the other nice and dedicated fellow students who speak different first languages.

The curriculum was structured so effectively that my knowledge of linguistic and stylistic aspects of academic writing was deepened through interesting reading and goal-oriented writing assignments in a short period of time. I now feel more confident to write academic texts in German. In addition, Dr. Meyer taught the course with great dedication and sensitivity. Her constructive and encouraging feedback helped me a lot.

I particularly enjoyed the stimulating discussions and especially the round of presentations in the last sessions; for me, they not only seemed like oral exercises, but were also inspiring occasions in which I could experience my fellow students' motivation and passion for their own topics and for the German language.