Student From Germany Describes Her Erasmus Experience


International Student Expresses Her Erasmus Experience in Germany

Each year, a huge number of international students apply and look forward to studying in Germany. Each student who packs their bags and travels to Germany has their own individual Erasmus experience. Additionally, each distinct event is wonderful in its own way. Uridine Lajçi, a Kosovo-born Erasmus student, has consented to share her life’s journey with us, including the good, the wonderful, and the not-so-great. Her semester-long experience studying abroad in Germany as an international student is, to put it mildly, quite satisfying as an Erasmus Bachelor student at the University of Freiburg.

Here is what Uridije has to say about everything from living costs in Germany for international students to social life to the university experience.


Q1 How Did You Come to the Decision to Apply to Germany’s Erasmus Programme?

Ans. I’ve always wanted to spend a semester or possibly apply for a Master’s degree in Germany since I studied German as a foreign language. So, when I noticed the University of Prishtina announcement for the Erasmus scholarship, I decided to apply right away.


Q2 What Difficulties, If Any, Did You Encounter During The Application Process? Do You Have Any Advice to Offer to The Prospective Candidates?

Ans. I had no difficulties with the application procedure. The Erasmus application guidelines provide clear instructions for the entire process.


Q3 How Much Did Your Scholarship or Monthly Stipend Cost?

Ans. The scholarship provided me with an allowance of 800 EUR each month. All monthly living expenditures in Germany might be met with this sum. It depends on what kind of expenses a person has.


Q4 Did The University Assist You in Finding Lodging in Germany?

Ans. Yes, as soon as we (the Erasmus students) came, mentors were given to us who assisted us with finding housing. With their assistance, we were able to settle into shared flats (Wohngemeinschaft). Additionally, I should emphasize that the institution covered all of our travel expenses for the six months we spent there. Despite the fact that we were given this as a gift (the first students from Pristina to go to the University of Freiburg through Erasmus).


Q5 Do You Have Any Recommendations to Offer Prospective Exchange Students & Who Are Looking or Housing?

Ans. We could select from six different student residences in Freiburg, and we could do so online. Since not everything is as it seems in images, I would like to advise prospective students to research and learn as much as they can about the living situations in the dorms or flat shares.


Q6 How were The Educational Institutions in Germany? Has it Surpassed or Met Your Expectations? What About The German Educational System Did You Like Best?

Ans. The university surpassed my expectations in a big way. What I appreciate about the institution the most, aside from the great study spaces, the library, and the welcoming workspace, was how the subjects were organized. The student had the option of taking the exam or working on seminars and submitting a seminar paper at the end.

The work I did was on seminars, working on lectures proved to be quite practical, particularly for students who have busy schedules.
The fact that the sessions took the form of dialogues really highlighted how courteous the instructors were to the students. No one’s viewpoints were dismissed or mocked during debates, and the teachers were always very patient and kind when overseas students found it difficult to explain themselves. Additionally, they were always available for discussions, particularly with Erasmus programme participants.


Q7 What Do You Think About The Cost of Living in Germany? Would The Typical International Student be Able to Afford Them?

Ans. The remaining charges are manageable if the university costs are paid. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how much food, clothing, and lodging in dorms cost.


Q8 Do You Believe Knowing German is Necessary to Navigate Germany?

Ans. Of course, it will be a big help. German was the language used in my classes, which did not bother me because I can speak it. There were some classes, nevertheless, where it was not necessary to speak German. I have also met many other overseas students who could navigate Germany without speaking the language fairly effectively.


Q9 Have You Traveled Outside of Germany While Participating in Erasmus?

Ans. We traveled both inside and outside of Germany throughout our time (myself and my friends) in Germany. I traveled to cities like Stuttgart, Konstanz, München, Karlsruhe, and Friedrichshafen within Germany. I traveled to Paris, Colmar, Amsterdam, Milan, Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Como outside of Germany.


Q 10 Where You Studied, were There any Other Foreign Students Like You? Where Did They Come From? Did You Succeed in Forming any New Bonds of

Ans. Yes, I made a lot of new foreign friends while I was studying in Germany. I made friends in China, Russia, Australia, Canada, and Romania, among other countries.


Q11 What Did You Find to be The Finest and Most Difficult Aspects of Your Time in Germany?

Ans. Some of the highlights of my stay in Germany included learning about the German educational system, the culture and heritage, social customs, exploring the vast collection of books at the university library, and making new friends.
Utilizing communal areas in WG, such as the kitchen and restroom, as well as experiencing homesickness are among the most difficult things, in my opinion.


Q12 Was The German Exchange Programme Worth it for You? How Do You Believe The Experience Has Improved You?

Ans. Without a doubt, my Erasmus experience was worthwhile! I am now a more knowledgeable person and a better student as a result of this experience. At the same time, it has given me some of the best friendship-related memories. The icing on the cake was all the traveling I was able to accomplish during my six months in Germany as an international student.

Thus, it is quite evident from Uridine Lajçi’s experience that living and studying in Germany comes with a plethora of benefits- networking, world class education, and an opportunity to travel.


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What costs will be covered by the Erasmus scholarship grant for studying in Germany?

The grant will typically take care of your travel, college fees(or enrollment fees), and living costs if you are an international student studying in Germany.

How should I apply for the Erasmus grant for studying in Germany?

You will have to apply through a participating institution such as your college or university or even your employer. You will have to fill out specific application forms depending on the program(s) that you are applying for.

Am I eligible for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship as an Indian student?

Yes. Students from any part of the world can apply for the Erasmus grant.

How much will I get from the Erasmus grant?

Erasmus grants are usually awarded by country groups. On an average you can get anything between 250 to 800 Euros per month.

How long does it take for the Erasmus application to be accepted?

You will receive a decision within four months from the date of your application for the grant.

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