In the period 15–20, April SSU Congress-Center welcomed the germanists from Sumy and other regions of Ukraine coming to exchange their experience and best practices. The event was held in the form of an expert seminar funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Carsten Grunwaldt, DAAD-Lecturer in Sumy, was both the organizer and moderator of the course. Olesia Yehorova, assistant professor at the Department of Germanic Philology, and Viktoria Zakusylo, teacher trainee at the Foreign Languages Department of ERI BT "UABS", attended the event as the representatives of Sumy State University.

In these days, the participants lively discussed current trends in the methods of teaching Area and Cultural Studies, critically reflected on the curriculum modernization and provided suggestions, focused on the issues of networking in this field in Ukraine. Keynote speaker of the event was Frank Thomas Grub, Prof. Dr., Department of Modern Languages, Uppsala University (Sweden). Together, the attendees managed to draw parallels among the thematic and organizational aspects of teaching Area and Cultural Studies in Ukraine, Germany, and Sweden, discussed current trends and real examples of integrating the subject into German-language classes (DAF). All the seminar participants expressed their perfect willingness to cooperate and exchange their practices in future that will contribute to increasing the quality of implementing German Studies-programs in all regions of Ukraine.