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Abroad Experience in Lisbon, Portugal

Patrick S.

University: 
Study Period: 
Spring 2016
Academic Level:  Master
   

3From February 2016 until July 2016 I have been studying Information Systems and Computer Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico as part of a semester abroad. At the beginning, I was not convinced of the usefulness of an international semester abroad and also deterred from the organizational effort. Nevertheless, I took part in IS-Link's program and I was more than positively surprised. Not only the organizational effort was lower than expected, but also the accumulated experiences and the new social contacts left behind an instructive time.

 

Planning

The first step is to apply at IS-Link for an exchange with the chosen university. In the case of approvement, you can start selecting courses at the partner university. With the selected courses, a learning agreement is agreed upon, which is checked for an acknowledgment of the courses at the home university. Last, an online application at the Instituto Superior Técnico, indicating the courses to be taken, is required. This application leads to a further learning agreement, which has to be signed by the department and institutional coordinator of the home university. After uploading this learning agreement to the Instituto Superior Técnico, you are officially registered as a student there.

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Experiences in Wrocław, Poland, at the University of Economics

Jasmin B.

University: 
Study Period: 
Fall 2015/2016
Academic Level:  Master
   

The University

Water Games at the Multimedia Fountain

The University of Economics in Wrocław has a great amount of English courses available. Since this is an economic university, naturally, the courses are in that direction as well. Keep that in mind before your semester abroad so that you end up with courses you eventually need. Before the semester, you will have orientation days. I highly recommend participating in those. Not only does it make it easier for you to get to know new people, but you are provided important information there. This concerns the university itself, your timetable, how to handle necessary documents (such as the Learning Agreement), information on the city itself and sightseeing suggestions, among other useful hints. Unfortunately, the first two weeks at university were fairly chaotic. Personally, I was lucky and could keep all courses I intended to take, but most people had problems with their timetable.

It turned out that the schedules of some classes overlap or that other classes do not take place due to various reasons. Since some classes require your presence as a precondition for the exams, overlapping classes pose a problem. In order to prevent this situation, I suggest picking out more classes than you need in advance. When present in Wrocław, you can check the timetable and cross out courses that overlap. This will save you hectic communication with your own university and you can make changes to the Learning Agreement on time. What I highly recommend is enlisting for the Polish course, even if you are not interested in learning the language. By doing so you will be part of the Polish teacher’s mailing lists.

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My time in Jyväskylä

Philip Q.

University:  University of Jyväskylä
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2015/2016
Academic Level:  Master
   

Aurora One

There are only a few things that can match the amazement you feel when looking at the aurora borealis dancing above you in the clear night sky. All the effort you put into researching the best websites with the most accurate aurora forecast, all the nights you spend up late, some outside in the cold, never really seeing much more than a faint green sparkle at the horizon. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, you take a look out the window and can see them with your bare eyes dancing in the sky, green curtains blending into light purples at the top.

Jyväskylä is the place to go if you want to experience this amazing feeling. During my semester abroad in Finland, I even had the opportunity to experience it multiple times. After the regular planning and course selection taking place in Germany, I started my trip in the middle of August. First off I went on a little round trip, flying to and staying in Stockholm for a couple of nights (which is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen during the summer time), then continuing to Helsinki. From there I took a rental car to explore the south coast of Finland. If you have time, definitely drive down to Turku, but ignore Turku and keep going just a little further south west to the Turku archipelago national park, which is a magical place of small idyllic islands off the coast of Finland. There isn’t anything special to look at, apart from beautiful and peaceful nature. I stayed in a small B&B sleeping in an iconic red wooden cottage right next to a lake and a grass weed field on the other side. Getting there just a couple of weeks after the exam period in Germany and the commencing stress planning and getting ready for my semester abroad, this place felt like heaven to me, relaxing, beautiful, plain amazing. It is also worth waiting for the sun to settle, which still takes quite long in Finland during August, to have a look at the amazing night sky with only very little light pollution on the archipelago.

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Report Exchange Semester EWHA Womans University

Niklas B.

University:  EWHA Womens University
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2015/2016
Academic Level:  Master
   

traditioneller KoreanerLast year I attended the Ewha Womans University in Seoul. Although this university is dedicated to female students, male exchange students are allowed. In August I boarded a plane of Qatar Airways and began my four-month journey. At Incheon Airport employees of the University welcomed me and I took the provided bus to the Uni.

Preparation

The application process is easy and not very time consuming. You have to prepare a statement pf purpose (1000 characters) and get several documents like a copy of your passport, a health certificate and a tuberculosis test which can be done at the local health authority of Essen. I highly recommend to prepare this documents as early as possible, because the spots of the dormitory are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Wrocław - Everyone falls in love with this city

Daniel B. '14

University: 
Study Period: 
Fall 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

Wroclaw 1There was no special reason why I wanted to go to Wrocław. I’ve never been travelling in Poland and also I didn’t inform myself about the city. I think one reason which was very important for me was to see the uprising Eastern Europe. Anyway, it doesn’t matter so much because going to Wroclaw was definitely a great decision.

 

Welcoming

Because I didn’t get a place in the dormitory, I rented a room in a private owned house which was rented to Erasmus-Students.

This was really nice because I directly had contact with other Erasmus students. On the first day of the orientation   days we went to the  official welcoming of the university. There, the employees of the International Offices  introduced   themselves and explained us the organizational stuff. They also gave us a welcoming present and a guide with  useful information. Additionally, they gave us the hint to sign up for the Polish language course, even if we wouldn’t  like to participate because the polish teacher will organize a few trips for us for free.

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Namaste India!

Claudia I. '15

University:  SCMS Cochin
Study Period: 
Fall 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

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You should come to India when you 

  • are not scared of cockroaches, spiders, lizards and mosquitoe
  • are always running late for at least 15 minutes (Indians do too)
  • do not have a problem with different hygienic standards
  • do not mind getting stuck in traffic for like forever
  • are able to arrange with dusty, smoggy and wasted environments
  • want to get to know a country whose bureaucracy is even worse than Germany’s

Does not sound tempting? Well, then continue reading. I am pretty sure that I will change your mind! J

I spent my semester abroad at SCMS Cochin School of Business, Cochin, India. Although I knew that I would most probably experience a “world” which is not even comparable to what we are used to, I had no idea HOW entirely different it was going to be. Cultural clashes were the order of the day and I struggled really hard in between. However, retrospectively all those challenges are what makes a stay abroad attractive, worth it and eventually memorable. You not only learn a lot about the foreign country, but also about yourself. And without a second thought I would do it all over again!

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My wonderful time in Jyväskylä

Johanna B.

University:  University of Jyväskylä
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

Johanna Jyväskylä 1

After I had decided to make my exchange semester in Finland, in a tiny student town which is called Jyväskylä, my friends were surprised about my decision. Most of the time I got comments, like: The temperature in Finland is most of the time below 0 °C or the inhabitance speak one of the most difficult languages. Nevertheless, all these comments did not matter, I was sure that it would be a great experience to live in Finland during the next winter term. Moreover, I wanted to be prepared for the time, so I looked into books and the internet to get as much information as possible. Two important hints: you should bring enough warm clothes with you and a lot of vitamin D.

You can find a lot of information regarding the university and the city of Jyväskylä in the web, so it is really easy to find interesting courses of your major or interesting facts about the city.  Furthermore, after I got my letter of acceptance from the University of Jyväskylä, I also got a   tutor who helped me in the beginning. My tutor and I wrote a lot of e-mails before I went to Finland, so I could ask a lot of questions which the internet or books could   not answer.

Arrival, my student apartment and the orientation week

My arrival in my new home was really comfortable. I flew from Dusseldorf to Helsinki and after   that I went to   Jyväskylä by train. There is also a possibility to fly to Jyväskylä from Helsinki   directly, but my tutor discouraged   me from this option, because there is no public transport   running between the airport and the city center. The only   way to get to the city is a taxi and   that would be really expansive.

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Something you will never forget

Kevin K.

University:  Chung-Ang University
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

Busan 1

Where do you start when you get roughly one page to describe something like a semester abroad in Korea? A country so different to what you are used to and an experience as unbelievably great as this? I hope I can do this trip justice with this little report.

Preparations

I made my decision to go to Korea around a year and started planning my trip around half a year before. I contacted is-link roughly around winter and informed them that I want spend a semester in Fall at Chung-Ang and organizationally they have been with me the whole time. The whole process, including application, course selection and learning agreement was uncomplicated and worked out without any problems. Although there may be times when you feel lost, it’s usually alright and you don’t have to worry about anything (although you will have to be proactive at times). In general, after everything was organized and the University accepted me, I arrived in Hong Kong on the 25th of August and left for Seoul on the 29th. A couple of hours later I arrived at the University, got my student’s ID card and was sitting on my bed in my new room in the dormitory. The semester started on the 1st of September and went until the 19th of December. I then left for Tokyo on the 22nd of December, stayed during the Christmas holidays, and was back home on the 27th.

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Jyväskylä - out of scopes

Chris S.

University: 
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2014/2015
Academic Level:  Master
   

Introduction

From the early January until end of May 2014 I was visiting the university of Jyväskylä in central Finland. I was doing this exchange semester as it is a mandatory part of my studies in "Wirtschaftsinformatik" (business information systems) and I was looking for something in Scandinavia. Actually I was looking for an exchange in Sweden but it appeared that all slots were full – that was the moment when Finland became a potential target. In the end I was (at least from what I know) the only current student from my university who went to Finland and I was both somehow worried about the strange Finnish language and excited about that snowy country. So I took a flight at the 4th of January and when I arrived at the Helsinki Airport, it turned out to be four degrees Celsius.

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The Swedish Way

Timur S.

University:  University of Boras
Study Period: 
Fall semester 2013/2014
Academic Level:  Master
   

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Preparation

As the time for planning my semester abroad arrived, there wasn’t a big struggle about where to go: Sweden. In 2008, I visited Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö for the first time and enjoyed the whole stay – so the opportunity to get to know the country better within 5 months was an appealing idea. Applying for the stay was rather easy due to the great support IS:link offers. After getting nominated for the Högskolan i Borås, one could right away apply for the term and the courses one wants to do there.  After receiving the letter, the further planning could start: Applying for the Erasmus stipendium (~185€/month), taking care of needed insurances for a five-month stay, renting one of the student flats offered by AB Bostäder and finally organizing to go there by car.

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