Unser Austauschstudent Steven hat sich bereit erklärt, seine Erfahrungen über seinen Baltic Exchange mit uns zu teilen. Was ihm anfangs Sorge bereitet hat und wie es ihm in Greifswald gefallen hat, lest ihr hier:
„I attended Greifswald University in the Mecklenburg Vorpommern region of Germany, where I spent four and a half months studying in the Anglistik and Amerikanistik department. I was taking part in the Erasmus scheme, which gave me the added bonus that whatever modules I undertook here would also count for my degree back home. Not only did I enjoy studying abroad, a huge part of my literature course is to see things from another perspective, so moving to another country and studying there is hugely beneficial in this regard. Some aspects of learning at my host university were similar to what I was used to, while some things were different; I tried to take the best points of each to create a healthy mix that could be used to further enhance my studies.
There were many formalities to sort out before I left. Such issues as banking, health insurance and accommodation were amongst my top priorities. For me, accommodation was particularly difficult to deal with, as I could not simply view the different accommodation choices so had relatively little information to base my decision on. I tried to talk to as many people associated with the university as possible, to advise me on the advantages and disadvantages of each accommodation choice. Fortunately, I found my accommodation to be good, not too far away from the university and within a few minutes’ walk of the shops.
A surprising amount of time went into organising what to take with me, packing for a period of over four months in one suitcase requires a lot of thought. I had to make sure I first packed what was essential, e.g. laptop, clothing, etc. and then worked around that. I decided I would buy a number of smaller items once I arrived, rather than taking them with me so I could save space for larger items in my suitcase. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, and ultimately I had to take a few risks, going light on jumpers for example seeing as I was there only for the summer semester.
It didn’t take long for me to settle in and find new friends. Once term time had started I attended university three times a week and in between studying I went out with friends, often to bars in town maybe three to four times a week. We also made trips to such places as Hamburg and Berlin, which proved to be highlights of my time in Germany. The international office put on lots of different events which helped all the foreign students to meet each other, but also helped us to mingle with German students who had volunteered to help organise such events. Many of these students worked very hard to enable us to make the most of our time in Greifswald, so I’d like to say a big thank you to those who spent their free time helping us out.
I can only say great things about my time studying in Greifswald, I made new friends, experienced a different culture and was able to visit places I never thought I’d be. What’s more is that if I had the chance, I would do it all again. I cannot recommend the experience of studying abroad enough, so if you are fortunate enough to receive the opportunity, don’t worry about if it doesn’t all go to plan, just go for it and grab it with both hands!“