I have been now almost three months here in Germany at it has been amazing! I’ve met so many great persons and experienced tons of new things. There hasn’t been any signs of a culture shock since German culture is very similar to Finnish.
The population of Hannover is about 500 000 and for me it’s just the right size. Nothing is really far away from the city and the public transportation works very well.
I study electrical engineering here in Hochschule Hannover, which is slightly smaller University than TAMK. Studies in Hochschule Hannover have been alright but I still prefer TAMK. Electrical engineering is internationally very wide concept and therefore the subjects vary a lot. Many of the courses I have are not exactly my field of studies. But we’re doing our best here!
We have made so many trips while our stay. So far I have visited for example Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Hamburg and Prague. I’ve also done skydiving, watched my first live soccer game and visited the legendary Oktoberfests.
Germans are very warm people and I know that they will help me with any problems that may occur. Also, the other exchange students are awesome and we have had so much fun together! Getting to know other people and their cultures is probably the best thing in my exchange.
I studied German language for five years in comprehensive school, but there was not much left when I arrived Hannover. Now it’s getting more and more fluent everyday, which is really useful since Germans are not always so fluent in English. Fun fact: our German teacher is Finnish and it sometimes makes things a little bit easier for us Finnish students, since she refuses to use English in our class but sometimes slips something in Finnish.
This exchange has been one of the best experiences in my life so far. When I started to study in TAMK, I was sure that I don’t want to do an exchange period and now I’m feeling incredibly happy that something made me change my mind.
I wish everyone would use the opportunity to study abroad (even though it is a bit scary at first), it will be worth it.