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Outgoings report

There have been students before you at the place you are interested in and you can benefit from this. Tips for your stay and detailed information on how life and studies at a foreign university are organised can be found in the field reports.

ERASMUS EXPERIENCE REPORTS

Spain

Leon completed his semester abroad at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas as part of his master's degree in mechanical engineering. Here he tells about his experiences and adventures during his stay in Spain.

England

Albrecht is studying mechanical engineering in his first master's semester and spent his semester abroad at the University of Bristol, England. Here he reports about his great impressions and experiences he made during his stay.

Scotland

Carolin studies Mechatronics & Robotics and spent a semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh as part of her Master's degree. After her return she shared her impressions with us.

  • Are there differences in the study structure?

    Lectures are only 50 minutes long and there is at least one term paper, one task sheet or a short test per lecture. The semester duration is also very short with 11 weeks. The majority of the participants are international.

  • What was your best experience during your stay?

    My best experience was a short hike through an enchanted forest near Loch Ness: On a narrow path through the moss-covered forest one climbs up the hill, at some point the row of trees opens up and one looks at the deep blue water and the green mountains. At the same time you can always perceive the scent of the maple trees.

  • From which experience will you profit most in the future?

    That you have learned to adapt quickly to new things.

  • What should one definitely try out in your host country?

    Hiking (climbing at least one of the inner city hills), taking a double-decker bus through the city, scones and carrot cake, browse the second-hand shops, visit museums, galleries and concerts, join at least one student society.

Sweden

Hans is studying mechanical engineering for a master's degree and spent a winter semester abroad at the University of Linköping in Sweden. After his return we asked him about special impressions and experiences.

Norway

Dario completed his semester abroad at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway as part of his master's degree in mechanical engineering. Here he reports about his experiences and adventures during his stay in Norway.

  • Are there differences in the study structure?

    In most lectures there are weekly assignments, i.e. homework that you have to submit. This keeps you more busy during the semester, but you also have to study less for the exams. During the lecture there is a 15 minute break every 45 minutes, which is very pleasant. Also the contact with the professors is more relaxed, one calls each other by their first name and converses e.g. during the breaks rather on a "buddy basis". 

  • What is something you should definitely try out in your host country?

    Take a trip in a convertible. Many Norwegians, as well as the university, have somewhere remote cabins without electricity and running water where you can spend a few days.

  • From which experience will you profit most in the future?

    To have realised how different the way of thinking or mentality of people in countries that are so close together can be.

  • What was your best experience during your stay?

    It's hard to say. On the one hand the landscape we explored on various road trips, which is literally breathtaking in parts. On the other hand the common life in the international student hostel, wherever anybody feels like doing something. In general, however, also the helpfulness of the Norwegians.

Spain

Raed completed his semester abroad at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Spain as part of his master's degree in mechanical engineering. Here he reports about his previous experiences and adventures during his stay in Spain.

  • Are there differences in the study structure?

    In many subjects there are so-called midterm exams and project work besides the final exam. I have made the following experiences here:

    • Going to classes regularly, missing a class once, it is quite difficult to get back in some subjects.
    • To complete one or more labs/reports or project work during the semester, e.g. in a subject I am currently taking, I am obliged to participate in 2 labs and submit 2 reports each as well as write a midterm exam, create a scientific poster about a scientific article, present and defend it alone to the class for 15 minutes and write a final exam.
    • Despite so much work during the semester, you always stay on the ball and since it is mostly group work, it is hardly strenuous.
  • What is something you should definitely try out in your host country?

    Travel and get to know places as far as possible. Every place tells its own story, so even cities lying next to each other can be very different (Tossa and lloret). Regarding the whole country I can recommend to rent a car/bus in a group or book the cheap Ryanair flights and just visit places on weekends, days off or study days. I can recommend Valencia, Tossa de Mar, Tarragona, Ibiza, Menorca, and I also heard very positive things from the Spanish about San Sebastián, Zarautz and the south, as well as Andorra, Portugal and Morocco. 

    Concerning Barcelona I can recommend, beside the parties and events, the food and the charming sightseeings, very concretely:

    • Food: food and sangria tour in Carrer de Blai, Xurerría in Barrio Gótic, Mi Tierra Urge
    • Typical sights: Sagrada Familia and Casa Milá (by Gaudi), Park Güell, Barrio Gótic (neighbourhoods, traditional and cultural), Tibidabo, Mont Juic, Arc del Triomf, Bunkers del Carmel, etc.
    • Events: There are many events in Spain/Barcelona, these are quite exciting, therefore my tip is to inform about holidays and events in Barcelona and surroundings (e.g. Zaragoza) and to participate in them.
  • From which experience will you profit most in the future?

    Here I cannot name any specific experience, it is several small experiences that give you a lot in total. Almost every day has something to offer, be it the people, the breathtaking views, the extremely relaxing places or the bureaucratic challenges. All of this is different from Germany and therefore brings different experiences with it, from which you can profit for the future.

  • What was your best experience during your stay?

    A trip to the Pacific coast of Oaxaca. The coast offers not only party on the beach, but quiet corners for surfing and diving and an unforgettable nature.

WORLDWIDE - FIELD REPORTS

USA

Lennart completed his semester abroad at the University of Purdue, USA as part of his master's degree in mechanical engineering. Here he tells about his experiences and adventures during his stay in the United States.

  • What was your best experience during your stay so far?

    The weekly tailgates before the football games come to mind, but especially the Thanksgiving dinner with some national and international students at my supervising professor. I was able to help with the preparation of the turkey, have an intensive exchange with the family and experience the gas friendliness first hand.

  • What is the difference between studying in the USA and in Germany?

    The Bachelor's degree is much more comparable to the German school system, where many projects and homework have to be done and the classes are much smaller with compulsory attendance. Therefore, there are many more professors and the available funds for research are much higher. In the Master's degree, the practical relevance is more pronounced, whereas the theory is explained more slowly and not in such detail. 

  • From which experience will you profit most in the future?

    It helped me to choose my next step after the master more precisely. I would call getting to know many different cultures at a very broad university in the field of diversity. Working in a multinational team was an important experience and helps me already in my applications.

  • What should one definitely try out in your host country?

    To get involved in American life in general without prejudice. This will enable you to have an open exchange and a variety of other things I could list here. As examples I can mention Tailgaten, celebrating national holidays, barbecue or lively discussions. I also deliberately refrained from travelling during my stay in order to deepen my contacts on the spot and to get to know more of the typical life I would otherwise have missed. The only day trips with other students went to Chicago, which is also highly recommended.

Mexico

Malte is studying mechanical engineering for his master's degree and spent his semester abroad at the UNAM in Mexico City. Here he reports about his great impressions and experiences he made during his stay.

Japan

Elena is studying industrial engineering and management and spent a semester abroad at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, to write her thesis. After her return she shared her impressions with us.

India

Muhammet is studying Mechanical Engineering for his Bachelor's degree and spent a winter semester abroad at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India. After his return we asked him about special impressions and experiences.

  • How would you describe your host country in three words?

    Unbelievable (definitely "Incredible India": from food to landscape to tradition), diverse, open

  • What was your best experience during your stay?

    Every second, even during the monsoon season, living in India was simply a dream. One of the unforgettable things was trekking with other exchange students and local fellow students in the Indian Himalayas or in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir.

  • From which experience will you profit most in the future?

    You become a "World Man"! The more you see or get to know new cultures, traditions, the more open you become and the easier it is to expand your horizon.

  • What should one definitely try out in your host country?

    If you come during the monsoon, you should definitely try a monsoon trekking!
    Not only eat the local food, but also LEARN TO COOK, so that after your mobility you will not miss the kitchen to some extent.
    Backpacking in the north or trekking in the Himalayas is a MUST.
    Drive to Goa, rent a scooter and enjoy the landscape and fantastic beaches!
    Travel by train and sleeper bus overnight!