The Department of Germanic Languages was founded at the Faculty of International Relations on September, 2001.
The Department activities are aimed at practical and theoretical language preparation of specialists in international relations, and are based on achievements of national and international methods. Highly qualified teaching staff ensures high quality teaching of German as the first and the second foreign language, the Swedish and Polish languages.
The teaching staff uses communication approach principles in order to involve students into foreign language learning by acquiring and expanding their knowledge and speaking skills. While planning and organizing the study process, and preparing teaching materials it's necessary to use an interconnected approach in learning 4 types of basic skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, which allows to increase the quality of students' language preparation.
Apart from academic work, research and educational activities are inherent in the staff's work. The members of the staff take part in holding International and Republican conferences, supervise students' preparation for the conferences, and lead students' course projects.
The Department is headed by Maria Arsentsyeva, Associate Professor, Candidate of Science (Pedagogy).
Nowadays the Department employs 20 highly qualified specialists, among them 2 Candidates of Science (Pedagogy) and 1 Candidate of Science (Philology), and 2 of them have academic title of Associate Professor.
The Department has close links with other language departments of the Faculty, which enables students not only to master their knowledge of the German language, but also to understand that the most important language in the world is the language of peace.
The Department offers internship to specialists of other educational establishments, both from Belarus and abroad. For example, from 2002 to 2004, the Department signed Partnership Agreements with the Robert Bosch Foundation Lectureship Program for Teaching German (Germany), German Academic Exchange Service, Agreements between BSU and the Academy of Political Philosophy (Germany), Socrates Philosophy Society (Germany).
The Department's prospects of development include direct participation in fulfilling the University's mission, expanding research work and links with educational establishments both in Belarus and abroad.
The Department offers two specializations: Germanic languages (German and Swedish) and Slavonic languages (Polish).