Erfahrungsberichte

Auslandsstudium / Auslandspraktikum

Lorenzo Spada

Italy // Summer term 2019 // 23 years old (at time of exchange) // Studies foreign languages

– What memories do you think of often?
Even though, Wuppertal is not as big as other cities such as Berlin, Hamburg or Munich, you'll surely meet a real and compact erasmus group. The experiences I had with those people are surely something I'll take with and within me forever!

– What did you like about the university, the IST, Wuppertal or Germany in general?
The structure of the university is really complex and well organized. It gives you the possibility to enter wherever you want and get to your class without going out again, something very useful, especially in the winter season. IST Crew people are the best. You will get a buddy who will always be there for you, but actually everyone of the crew will try her or his best to help you in every circumstance. For real, I owe them! Wuppertal is located in one of the best regions of Germany, easy to reach thanks to a lot of close airports. Furthermore, once you get your Semesterticket, you can travel throughout the whole Bundesland (state) for free! Amazing, isn't it?

– What do you take with you from this time for the future?
I believe erasmus is a brilliant experience. It's a privilege only few people can live. I think I grew up a lot and I gained a lot of experience, academically and not. Something everyone should do!

– Could you improve on your German skills?
I already knew German before my erasmus experience in Wuppertal, but of course, everyone made amazing steps into the German language!

– What do you want to tell people who are thinking about a semester abroad at the University of Wuppertal?
Something I learnt from this experience is to say always 'Yes, let's do this! I'm in!' and just enjoy it! It will be brilliant!

Emma Viviani

Italy // Winter semester 2019/20 // 23 years old (at time of exchange) // Studied Mathematics

Emma Viviani

– What memories do you think of often?
I thought it would take a year to do what I actually experienced in 6 months, and that's amazing: going around, seeing different approaches to your field of study, partying, having lunch with people you just met, and of course not speaking your native language everyday. I often think of the people, the everyday moments we shared and the Thursday nights at the Kneipe. I never felt alone in the Erasmus group, and everyone left me something special.

– What did you like about the university, the IST, Wuppertal or Germany in general?
Wuppertal is a beautiful city, it has all the amenities you may need, and after a few weeks, I even got used to its rainy weather. Travelling is very easy with the semester ticket, it allows you to move around comfortably. The university for me is very big and exploring it was fun. But my most cherished places are the library where I felt at home and the mensa, a great meeting place. The professors are happy to have international students in their classes and are very helpful. The IST group is something you don't expect to find: they are a very special "guide", you can ask questions about the university and also about tricks for living; they organize trips to areas of interest near Wuppertal, but also fantastic parties and game nights where you can meet many international students but also German people.

– What do you take with you from this time for the future?
The sense of freedom, happiness and my improved self-esteem.

– Could you improve on your German skills?
When I left Italy, I didn't even know how to order a beer in German and I was afraid that the language would be a problem. But it wasn't an obstacle, nobody treated me badly because I didn't know the language. Also, I attended the "German in the evening" course offered by the university and in the end I was able to understand a very easy conversation. Learning a new language by being immersed in it every day is amazing, it is funny and quick!

– What do you want to tell people who are thinking about a semester abroad at the University of Wuppertal?
Start packing because it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life!