22nd May 2017
An AS Level German student has received a place on a coveted German scholarship just one year after a fellow A Level German student travelled to Germany on the same scholarship programme.
In 2016, whilst studying the first year of her A Levels, Georgia Hope fought off stiff competition to be successful in securing a place on a month-long summer study programme in Germany, organised by the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst and funded by the German government.
Georgia, formerly of Manor CE Academy, had to complete a German application form and submit several pieces of written German, including an essay entitled ‘To what extent is it important to learn German in order to understand the German culture?’ It was an extremely rigorous process as only eight places from the UK were available for the international programme.
After flying to Köln-Bonn airport Georgia spent 5 days in Bonn, and then travelled to a small town in Baden-Württemberg where she stayed with a host family for 2 weeks, going to school with her host sister, visiting festivals as well as enjoying a trip to Austria. From there she travelled to Munich where she visited many of the museums and cultural attractions and then on to Berlin for the last six days of the programme. She particularly enjoyed visits to the Reichstag and Jewish Memorial Museum.
Says Georgia: “This was an absolutely fantastic experience. From the moment I arrived in Germany we didn’t speak a word of English. It really helped to improve my German, and brought the language and culture to life. I’ve also made friends from a huge range of countries.”
This year a second student from York College, Annaliese Hambleton, has also been successful in securing a place on this high-profile programme. Annaliese, formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School, included as part of her application an essay written in German about fake news. Annaliese says: “I went on an exchange trip to Berlin when I was in Year 10 and loved the place but I didn’t feel confident in my conversational German skills. In this last year at College my confidence has improved vastly and I now feel that I have a passion for learning and speaking German. I think I will really gain a lot from this trip in the summer and am excited to have been selected.”
Judith Lawson, Head of Division for English and Modern Languages, explains: “The scholarship provides a unique opportunity for students to get first-hand experience of German life and culture and improve their German language skills at the same time. The application process is rigorous and competition for the places is high. We’re delighted that two of our German students have been selected in consecutive years to experience this fantastic opportunity.”
Glyn Jones, Assistant Principal for A Levels, presented Georgia with her certificate for completing the Scholarship. Following completion of her A Levels Georgia is hoping to study Modern Languages and Business at Newcastle University and would like to work in the area of international business. Annaliese is looking to combine her love of material science with German, with the hope of working abroad for one year.