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I am currently studying translation in Moscow, Russia, will obtain my bachelor degree this summer and would like to receive a master degree in interpreting. I've got a potential combination of Russian A, and German and English that could be either B or C, so it's German universities that are truly of interest for me.

Now, it is well-known that there are three universities in Germany that teach interpreting: Uni Mainz in Germersheim, Uni Heidelberg and Uni Leipzig (not interested in FH). The first two are well-known, and the Germersheim school is often highly praised. However, dynamic Leipzig has simply captured my heart, and I cannot say the same about the two previous, small rural towns. Thus, attempting to pass an admission test in Leipzig is a must (have already registered and applied).

The question is -- why is there so little information on Leipzig? I've done a personal research and found a very limited number of positive yet rather bland and abrupt comments, and that's pretty much all (and yes, I've searched here as well). Is it because the university, despite all its fame, doesn't really live up to the two other schools? Or is it simply less popular for some other reason?

I would be really glad to get information from local students/graduates or those who have some connection to this university. Thank you a lot in advance!

Answers are welcome in Russian, German and English.

asked 09 May '16, 10:41

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Leipzig is probably less known because less than three decades ago, the town wasn't located in the same country as Germersheim and Heidelberg. And it must have taken some years to adapt the curriculum to the new, not USSR-centric, world. So there will be overall less alumni available to praise the school, should it deserve praise.

See AIIC's Conference interpreting training programmes best practices and some other questions to ask.

Whether a training is suitable for you or not will also depend on who is teaching, what languages combinations are offered and for what market(s) the school is able to train you.

For instance, my training was adequate to get a shot at working for the EU, but not at all suitable to work on the private market.

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answered 09 May '16, 11:31

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edited 09 May '16, 14:39

Thank you so much for your respond! It looks extremely plausible. I appreciate the linked posts as well.

Given that Leipzig always offers ABC combinations, it is most likely aimed at private markets while Germersheim, for example, seems very much EU-oriented to me. I do not really have a great language combination for such institutions at present moment (since Russian is not an EU language, while German is not a UN one), but I am absolutely comfortable with the idea of working for private markets.

(09 May '16, 11:50) AimeeKite

However, dynamic Leipzig has simply captured my heart, and I cannot say the same about the two previous, small rural towns.

Dem kann ich nicht zustimmen. Heidelberg mag zwar klein sein, hat aber viel zu bieten: Das Studentenleben ist sehr lebendig, es finden regelmäßig Festivals aller Art statt (Film, Theater, etc.) und falls dir Heidelberg doch nicht reichen sollte, kannst du in ca. 15 Minuten mit der S-Bahn nach Mannheim fahren. Das sag ich dir als gebürtiger Berliner ;).

I've got a potential combination of Russian A, and German and English that could be either B or C, so it's German universities that are truly of interest for me.

In Heidelberg kannst du mit Russisch A studieren. In diesem Fall müsstest du Deutsch als B-Sprache und Englisch als C-Sprache nehmen. Ob du das in Leipzig kannst, weiß ich nicht.

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answered 11 May '16, 07:34

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Hallo!

Das ist interessant, aber ich bin in Moskau geboren und aufgewachsen, und das erklärt, warum scheint mir alles immer zu klein und ruhig. StudentInnen aus Berlin sind bei uns ganz oft total überwältigt. :P

Berlin fand ich eigentlich auch klein... ja, ich weiß, das ist schon ein voller Wahnsinn, ich weiß, dass Leipzig viel kleiner als Berlin ist, aber fühlte die Stadt mich... viel mehr frei. Und selbstverständlich hat die Uni Leipzig dieselbe Sprachkombination: Russisch A, Deutsch B und Englisch C; ich würde nie für eine Eignungsprüfung registrieren ohne diese wichtige Information. OoO

Aber vielen Dank für die Antwort!

(11 May '16, 10:48) AimeeKite
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