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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

By 1.11. Submission of a letter of motivation for learning an African language

When Oct 02, 2020 01:00 PM to Nov 01, 2020 11:59 PM (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
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We ask all students who wish to take an African language course in the winter semester 2020/21 in language modules I (i.e. Afrikaans I, Hausa I or Swahili I) to send a short letter of motivation to christfried.naumann@hu-berlin.de by Sunday, 1.11.2020 23:59 hrs. In the letter of motivation the order of the desired languages (1., 2., 3.) must be stated and at least the first wish must be justified. If the demand for the individual language courses exceeds the supply, important criteria for admission will be

(1) specific interest in a region of Africa (Southern Africa, West or East Africa) and the corresponding language,

(2) Experience through internships, travel or FSJ with a language or corresponding region,

(3) concrete professional ideas or study goals for which a particular language is relevant,

(4) if applicable, choice as second African language, or change from another language course in the previous year, and

(5) if applicable, whether the application for a language was already made in previous years and whether this is a repeated attempt. (This also documents your sustained interest).

About the procedure: A commission of staff* and students will decide on the admission of the students to the three language courses on November 2 on the basis of the letter of motivation and inform all applicants by e-mail on the same day. We will do our best to meet your wishes and to enable you to learn an African language (and thus, if necessary, your specialization in one of the three African regions mentioned above).

Information about the languages, teachers and teaching materials can be found on the website of the Department of African Studies, during the BA Introductory Course on October 29th and the Introductory Language Courses on October 29th and 30th. See also the schedule of the Introductory Week on the IAAW homepage.

Important: Do not forget to register with AGNES for your preferred language. Please refrain from multiple registrations.