MY ALMA MATER OPENS THE PATH TO THE FUTURE
Al-Farabi Kazakh National University − which was established in November 13, 1933 − is the largest institution of higher education in Kazakhstan.
In 2001 it was classified as a national university.
Department of Foreign Philology and Translation Studies of Faculty of Philology and World Languages has 3 grades: Bachelor Degree, Master’s Degree and Ph.D. Degree. The following specialties are available: “5B021000 — Foreign Philology” and “5V020700 — Translation Studies” (for Bachelor Degree); 6M021000 — Foreign philology and 6M020700 — Translation Studies (for Master’s Degree); 6D021000 — Foreign philology and 6D020700 — Translation Studies.
KazNU offers the students to be taught by highly qualified teachers, to choose those linguistic subjects that they are most interested in, to participate in bright and rich life of the university.
One of notable advantages of the educational process in KazNU is a program of academic mobility. Students of Master’s Degree and Ph.D. Degree have a special period of practical work abroad. The benefits of such practice are: an opportunity to study foreign philology; gaining an experience of international collaboration; the practice of English.
On November, 17, a group of 2nd-year Master’s Degree students of the specialty “6M021000-Foreign Philology” has presented the results of their practice work in the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
The practice duration is 2 weeks. There were 5 courses presented for students’ choice: Introduction to L1 and L2 Acquisition, Bilingualism, Evolution of Language, Statistics for Experimental Linguistics, Psycholinguistics. Students had an opportunity to choose those courses, that were most attractive for them according to themes of their thesis works and their own interests in Linguistics.
All the students get a certain sum to cover main expenses − namely, the cost of courses and travelling expenses (an amount depends on whether the student has grant or studies on payment condition). A big advantage of this practice in Utrecht Summer School was a free accommodation in students’ house.
Thus, students have shared knowledge they gained during the practical work abroad, their common experience of scientific structures, models and methods of teaching and studying the subject used by foreign professors, and in addition, their cultural impressions.
In conclusion, it is necessary to note that Department of Foreign Philology and Translation Studies actively collaborates not only with Utrecht University of the Netherlands, but also with other foreign universities, such as Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) and The Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (Slovakia