As part of my Engineering course in the UK, I have the chance to study in Germany for a year. Germany is renowned for its automotive industry and focus on high quality. Studying abroad would give me a great insight into how engineering is viewed outside of the UK, and allow me to explore the option of working outside the UK.
I started my time in Germany and at the Technische Universität Darmstadt with a month-long intensive Germany course, which gave me a great boost when starting my year here. By doing a wide variety of courses I met many students, both Erasmus students from around the world and German students from throughout Germany. This has been the highlight of my experience – meeting so many diverse people, with different life experiences and ways of looking at the world.
Of course, I have had many great experiences here, from exploring the beautiful city of Heidelberg, to participating in a 3-day hackathon in Mainz to trying the weird sport that is underwater rubgy.
My German has improved dramatically over my time here, particularly my reading and speaking. Studying several engineering modules in German has certainly been challenging, but also enjoyable and has taught me a lot. The monthly reports have been very helpful, forcing me to write in German and being a record of my time that I can enjoy in years to come.
I look forward to another semester here in Germany, with a much more relaxed academic semester, giving me the chance to explore other areas of Germany, improve my engineering knowledge, and of course continue improving my German.
I have made a few great friends from around the world, and will fondly remember my year in Darmstadt. Thank you to the John Speak Trust, whose support has meant I am able to get the most out of my time here in Germany.