Student from Kyiv
Valeriia has been studying tourism in Kyiv for three semesters. While many of her university friends are still in the Ukrainian capital, the 18-year-old decided to flee to Leipzig with her boyfriend and his mother after the outbreak of war in Ukraine. The three of them live in an apartment in Leipzig’s Lößnig district. Valeriia’s parents and younger brother stayed in Ukraine.
Since May 2022, Valeriia has been learning German at the Studienkolleg Sachsen while continuing to study online in Kyiv. The double burden often pushes her to her limits. Once she even had to take an oral tourism exam from inside a tram in Leipzig. She has made many new friends through the language course. While she communicates with the other Ukrainians at the Studienkolleg in her native language, she tries to apply the knowledge she has learned as often as possible in her everyday life in Leipzig. For example, she often interprets for her boyfriend’s mother when she goes shopping, which is excellent for her language learning.
After the Studienkolleg, Valeriia would like to study geography at Leipzig University. At the moment, however, she is still unsure whether she will attain the necessary level of proficiency in German. She hopes to pursue both a Ukrainian and a German university degree. She is particularly interested in the topic of urban planning. In her opinion, deeper knowledge in this field could later help to rebuild the cities in Ukraine.