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Greetings from Munich

I have been living in Munich almost six months now and it has been the best time of my life so far. My semester started in early October, but I arrived in Munich in September to get to know other exchange students and the city by its self before starting studying. I chose to study engineering subjects and that turned out to be a little challenging road. We had quite a lot of work to earn our credits, but in the end, everything went well.

During my exchange period, we had a lot of free time to hang out with friends and to travel all over Europe. We made multiple road trips to different countries like Croatia and Italy, but my absolute favorite was our ski trip to Sölden with other exchange students. We also made several day trips to different ski stations in Alps during the exchange.

Day trip in Axamer Lizum, Austria

What comes to spare time in Munich the highlight was definitely the Oktoberfest. But besides that, Munich offers a lot of other things to do. Most common way to spend time here is to gather a bunch of friends and go to grab a few beers in beer hall or beer garden. And of course, when you are in Munich you have to experience at least one Bayern München football match even if you don´t care that much about football. Just the atmosphere in the fully packed Allianz arena with 75,000 people is something to see.

Bayern München vs RB Leipzig

Studying in Germany has been a little bit different compared to studying in Finland. The main difference is that usually, it´s not mandatory to attend lectures. And the lectures go so that the professor talks the whole three hours and students take notes, or not however you like. It turned out to be a really boring way to teach. But one benefit was that they didn´t give any homework so you can enjoy your free time without thinking school. Of course, all the courses and the professors are different, because MUAS offers a large variety of different kind of courses where to choose.

Overall, I´m really happy that I decided to spend my exchange period in this amazing city!

Life in the city of beer

Now that my exchange is about to end here in Munich, I could tell you something about my experience here. My semester in Munich University of Applied Sciences started in early September with two weeks of intensive German language course which was a fun start for the semester. After that we had a gap of two weeks before the actual semester started. This offered a great chance to enjoy the Oktoberfest – which was awesome by the way – and to travel as well.


During the first weeks we had to choose our courses which was a bit of a mess in the beginning. We had to apply to the courses and it wasn’t always sure that you would get to the course. Well, if you chose engineering subjects it was sure, but other than engineering not. There were not that many people taking engineering classes. In the classes I had there were approximately 5-10 students attending the course. Even if planning the courses was hard there was a good side in it too. I managed to have Fridays off, which was awesome!

What comes to Munich, it is a beautiful city and I find the atmosphere really similar to Helsinki but the beer is better. Adapting here was easy. On the spare time I met friends and we did different kind of activities such as drinking beer in a beer hall or beer garden. One thing which was a surprise for me was that you can surf in Munich as you can see in the picture down below. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to surf even though I tried it on my trip to Portugal.

You actually can surf in Munich.
Sölden ski trip.

Munich’s central location in the Europe is a good benefit. Traveling from here to all over the Europe is really easy. Easiest and fairly cheap ways to travel were by a bus or a train. But the best way was to rent a car with a bunch of friends and go wherever we wanted. And you know what you can do once you get to the Autobahn. For example, we did couple of road trips to the surrounding countries and a ski trip to the Austrian Alps.

Road tripping and completely lost somewhere in Croatia.




Studying in Germany seemed different than in Finland. At least studying engineering subjects. The teacher usually just kept a lecture and the students took notes, that’s it. Sometimes it was quite boring and hard to focus. On the other hand, there was no mandatory attendance neither homework which was a good excuse to travel more.

From Munich With Love

I spent five months in Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, studying in the winter semester 2017/2018. The semester started on the beginning of September with a two-week voluntary German intensive course.


Munich is Bavarias biggest city and locates in the southern Germany near the Alps so it offers a beatiful landscape for exhange studies. The highlights of my time in Munich were definitely the Oktoberfest and our ski trip to Austrian Alps.

Munich University of Applied Sciences “MUAS” offers a great variety of courses in many different departments. My courses were from tourism and general studies departments. I choose ten courses in total including the German intensive course before the actual courses. My general studies were business English courses which were quite useful and at the end of the semester I had an opportunity to do UNIcert -certificate in English.


In MUAS there is two types of courses: regular once every week classes and so called block courses which can take place for one weekend or two days or for more ETCS’s a week. This makes the course planning and scheduling quite challenging because usually the teachers don’t approve if you miss classes. But I fortunately managed to take all of the courses I needed.

Germany and Munich offers a lot of freetime activities inside the city but also in the near by areas. One of my favourite place in Munich is the English Garden where you can also surf in artificial waves! In the summertime there’s many beergartens everywhere. Before our brake in December we rented a van and drove to the Alps to ski with other exhange students!

English Garden

Compared to Finland, studying in MUAS is a bit more intensive since most of the teachers and professors are very strict with attendance. Ofcourse every course is different and it’s understandable that you cant miss a day from a two-day course. I experienced that I had enough freetime during my studies even some courses were more demanding.  Most of my courses were very dynamic and the teaching style was conversational which was nice.

Austrian Alps

Greetings from my second home

Hello Finland,

I know your summer is not very hot and sunny this year, so let me give you some of the heat from South West Germany. With around 30°C for 3 weeks I don’t need to be stingy.

My internship is going great! I did not expect that it will become that interesting. Have you heard about Umicore? That’s the place to do your internship. Seriously, my working mates are so super friendly and support me with all their possibilities so I can get the most out of my it. The last 3 weeks I spent in Umicore´s laboratory in the area of sample preparation. Umicore is producing catalysts for cars and working in the sample preparation means to prepare catalysts for cars in a way that further quality tests can be done to them. Next week I will move on to a different area. There I will have a look into such a quality test. I am already looking forward.
My workmates are pretty interested about you, my dear friend Finland. I tell them a lot about your awesome student culture and the beauty of your nature. I even recommended them to spend holidays in a finish Mökki. When I showed pictures about my friends swimming in a lake at midnight in a bright sunset  I did not mention that it is much colder than it seems. Sneaky me 😉

After I am done with my work I am usually hanging out with my friends. We often go swimming in the river Rhein, but that’s nothing compared with your plenty of lakes. But I am not complaining, therefor I can enjoy reasonable priced food and drinks in restaurants. Oh and guess what? Finally I can eat my daily portion of ice cream without getting poor! In deed a portion of ice cream does often not cost more than 1€. Unbelievable! How can your ice cream be so expensive?

Well I have to leave, it is time for BBQ with my family. What a wonderful luxury to have them close by me. But dear Finland do not worry, I will come back to you, soon.


My goodbye gift to working mates

Discovering Germany apart from its famous beverages.

I guess that many stereotypes had stuck to Germany. Chosing it as a destination country I wanted to prove that cliches cannot express the full depth of culture and mentality.

My studies took place in Hannover University of Applied Science. Originally, my major is Energy and Environmentall Engineering, but there was no courses available in English from the same sphere. Thus, in these circumstances I slightly moved to Mechanical Engineering Faculty, which was pretty funny. Anyway the experience was worthy since I studied something completely new and participated in interesting projects.

The education approach is dissimilar to Finnish. In Hannover the teachers were more strict and the lectures were very formal (professor was explaining material without much communication with the audience).

Conserning my free time, I believe I would need hundreds of papers to express everything. It was a lot about communication and making new acqauantances, taking part in festivals and traditional holidays. But the best part was travelling inside and outside Germany, the connection is cheap and very convenient.

I explorated many interested places, tried tasty dishes and actually tried many beers!

Pictures are taken by me 🙂

From heat to snowfall and back

I stay three months in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. My host university HFU offers education mainly for business and engineering students. I’m doing my internship in local laboratories, first four weeks at a clinical laboratory and then eight weeks at a research laboratory at the university. It has been very interesting to see how is the laboratory work in Germany like and also to compare it to the Finnish system. Laboratory field is very international and many principles are similar in both countries. Even so I have found some differences: the information systems and sample handing are organized differently, for example.

The weather in the Black Forest has been very changeable and it has also affected our plans for the weekends. However, I have done many unforgettable trips in the southern Germany and near its borders in Austria, Switzerland and France. Some of the trips were organized by the university but I have also planned some of them together with the other international students. It’s easy to travel by train in Germany and the group tickets are also very cheap. One of the best Saturdays we spent in Konstanz, on the shores of the lake Bodensee. It was a perfect, sunny summer day. We hired pedal boats and enjoyed the heat.

It has been a bit surprising to notice that many Germans don’t speak English. Fortunately I’ve studied some German but for a few years I haven’t had to use the language so I have forgotten almost everything. But even the basic knowledge has been very useful for me and I have been able to refresh my language skills during my stay. It has been great to notice that I can live in another country and communicate in foreign languages without any bigger problems. This experience has made me more self-confident. But of course the best thing is an opportunity to get new, international friends and learn about their cultures.

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Hello, I am Johannes and I am currently studying in Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Bielefeld, where is that? Well I did not know either and I had never heard about it before. Bielefeld is little bit smaller town located in upper part of North Rhine-Westphalia, but it is easier to say that it is just smaller city between Dortmund and Hannover.

Only about 300 000 people live in Bielefeld but city center feels a lot bigger. Some parts of the old town are worth a visit and famous Sparrenburg castle is located near city center. Otherwise it is not that amazing city, at least that is my opinion. I think there is some lot more interesting cities near Bielefeld which makes it good base camp for travelling in Germany.

Studying in Germany is different compared to Finland, semester starts on March and ends in the end of July. Our courses started middle of April but ended already in beginning of June, some courses even started as late as in May but still ended in June. It was really confusing how little time we had to spend in school because in most of the courses we also had only one lecture each week.

So, I had a lot of spare time on my hands which I spend travelling with other exchange students. Our school gave us so called “semester ticket” which is related to our student cards. This semester ticket allows you to travel for free in the whole area of North Rhine-Westphalia using regional trains and busses. Before arriving I did not know that we would get this kind of tickets and it was very pleasant surprise, North Rhine-Westphalia has total area of 34 000km2 so there is a lot to travel. It includes big cities like Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Münster, but smaller cities are also wonderful places to visit.

Another way to spent spare time are multiple sport classes which are offered students for free. There are classes from dancing and acting to all the way to swimming and weight lifting, my choice for semester was dancing.

Johannes Äärelä, Johannes Aarela

Overall my experience in Bielefeld was really good and I can recommend it for other students also.

Augsburg Confidential

Greetings from Augsburg, the garden city of Bavaria. Before we start, I have to inform you that I am officially doing my studies in Munich (approx. 80 km from Augsburg), but as luck will have it, I had to accept my principal accommodations from Augsburg, as to not get bankrupted by the insane living costs of Munich!

Anyways, I think fate dealt me an excellent hand, as I surely have had a quite a different ride from other exchange students that are living in Munich proper. At the moment I am situated between hundreds of rows of Corn stalks, few hay bushes, three pig farms and two horse stables. Oh and thousands of overtly friendly country people!

Between all those things I have to try to survive with my basic german speaking skills as 90% of people here do not willingly parlay in english. The good part is that it works great with my goal of getting out of my comfort zone, which I am! Constantly!

The long distance to my actual university city of Munich makes commuting a chore, but it also makes going to Munich an event! So every time I have to drag my self to class it feels important and that in turn makes me take classes a little bit more seriously.  And that seriousness is a good thing as these double professors and herr doctor-doctor teachers really have a lot stuff to give to us students.

To balance out all this extreme focusing and seriousness during the classes, I attend all sorts of gatherings with like minded people. Be it beer festivals or rock concerts, you can probably spot me in there somewhere!

With Head-Banging greetings

Sami Juntunen

Hallo from Frankfurt am Main.

My exchange semester in Germany was one of the best experiences in my life. Frankfurt is a nice city with dynamic day and night life, with beautiful historic buildings and modern skyscrapers in the center.

Usual sunset in Frankfurt

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, where I was studying during this time, had a bit different system in comparison with TAMK. The enrollment system was quite challenging, as you had  to register for the course, for the first exam, for the second one, for the small other exam before the final one, so it was quite coplicated for me to find these things out. And studies in general were a bit more diff icult than in Finland, had to study a lot to pass some exams. 

But apart from studying I enjoyed every minute I was there. I’ve met so many amazing people from different countries, we were spending all the time together: traveling, partyying, studying, complaining about the exams, hoping to just pass them, rejoicing that we have passed, chilling by the river, singing, dancing , living the life! It was extermely difficult for me to say bye to some of them, because I know, that I most likely will not meet them again.

Rheinfall in Switzerland

During my xchange I was traveling a lot, I had a goal to visit at least 5 different counties, and I did it, it is not expensive to travel from Germany, especially from Frankfurt, there is one of the largest airports in Europe . I have visited France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxenburg and Netherlands.


I also visited a lot of cities in Germay, my favorite one is Berlin, I fall in love with this city! It’s one of the most beautiful plases I’ve ever seen. I will defenitely go there again, because I did not have time to see everything.

Berliner Dom.

My best friends stayed there for another semester and I’m going to visit them soon so I’ll see all of my favorite places in Frankfurt again!



Hallo aus Dortmund!

The Semester here in Dortmund has been awesome, very challenging but also rewarding.

On my spare time I’ve been travelling, tasting awesome German products including wine that is so cheap and so so good. I’ve been to Luxembourg a few times, in Holland and also traveled a lot inside of Germany. One of the highlights here were when we went to see ice hockey world championship game in Cologne. Finland vs USA and Finland won!!

My absolute favorite place has been the beautiful Berlin. There is so much to see and so much to do.

Kuvahaun tulos haulle berlin
Berlin skyline

I also loved the beautiful Mosel valey. Mosel is a famous vineyard area in Germany, where the grow the King grape, Riesling.

Kuvahaun tulos haulle trabe trarbach
Traben-Trarbach, in Mosel Valey

Studying in Dortmund has been a bit harder than in Finland. The subjects are taught very differently, more university alike than in Finland. There are very few things that we learn through practice but more through lectures and team assignments. Also people are very grade oriented so to say. Also the lecturers prepare you much more for the coming exams than in Finland.

All in all everything is going well here in Dortmund. The weather has been awesome at least comparing to Finland (for what I’ve heard).