(2nd Year German with Dutch)
So, I bet you´re sitting reading this prospectus after going through countless others and wondering where you should go. Well, let me stop you right now: Sheffield is the place to be!
I´ve studied German with Dutch for about two years now and the university has been a fantastic place to study and socialise. Here you have everything you could want! My German course has allowed me to study a huge range of subjects, ranging from Freud's theories, to German film, to linguistics and to cultural and literary aspects of the language. And there are plenty more choices if these don´t take your fancy. On top of this, I also study Dutch, which will make me a specialist after I finish my degree, as very few universities in the country teach Dutch at degree level and Sheffield is one of the flagship universities for this language. In fact I´m heading to the Netherlands in September to study at a university, and here´s the scary bit: 24 months ago I knew no Dutch! If you know German, then Dutch is fairly easy to pick up and is made especially fun by the course content and the teaching.
On top of both subjects, Sheffield also has brilliant societies, such as the Deutscher Verein and the newly formed Nederlandse Vereiniging. Both help to bring students of all years and lecturers together to socialise on fun nights out, ranging from film nights, to seasonal socials, our own Oktoberfest and a Stammtisch. Also the Deutscher Verein holds trips abroad to experience German culture and practice speaking German. The Deutscher Verein also runs the German Department's coffee mornings that encourages students and lecturers to come along and speak German in a social environment while drinking free tea and coffee.
Finally, the Union is one of the best in the country, with great club nights, brilliant bars, superb sports teams and amazingly entertaining events. And if that hasn´t wet your whistle, don´t forget about the city itself, filled with shops, restaurants, football and loads of activities, all surrounded by the countryside in case you want to head out to the open air. With so much to do here you´ll never get bored and find it hard to fit it all in during your four years!