What are your name and age? Where are you from?
Maria Eduarda Novaes Starling, 20 years old and I’m from Brazil.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline? When did you start studying?
The name of the university is WWU (University of Munster). I am an exchange student and I’m pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economic Policy. I have started my studies in October 2017.
What made you choose this programme? How did you decide?
I always had the dream of studying abroad. I never thought about coming to study in Germany, but my college had an agreement with the Munster faculty which made my choice easier. The University of Munster is one of the best in Europe, also the city is amazing. When I started to search, I realized that this would be the perfect choice for me.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?
The language. I never thought about learning German and for me, this was, and still is, the main challenge I have.
What are three things you like most about the university? Why?
The opportunity to see subjects that I have learned in another way and too see other kinds of subjects that I don’t have in my home country (the University offers a wide variety of courses). Also, here I can meet people from all parts of the world and be in contact with a lot of different cultures while learning about them, which I think is the most important thing when you do an exchange.
If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be?
Maybe I would try to locate all the buildings of the same subject in only one campus.
What are three things you like the most about the city?
The most incredible thing is how the city looks like, I mean, it has some old traces but at the same time, is modern and perfect for a student life. You can do everything by bike (everybody uses one here) and it offers a lot of ways to experience the culture (museums, plats- squares and churches).
Name one thing you would have liked to be different about the city? Why?
The weather. Since I am from Brazil, it is hard for me to get used to this kind of weather.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?
I think my biggest surprise was how German people are. To me, they are “cold” when you talk about emotions and feelings.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It is/was a total disaster, 10 – I have/had the time of my life)? Why?
Absolutely 10. This experience is the best one in my life. I had a chance to meet incredible people, study the subject that I love and learn a new language.
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
Maybe I would do something regarding Economics in German to be more in contact with the language.
What are your plans after graduating?
After graduating, I wish I could find a nice job in the field that I chose and I hope I’ll have the opportunity to visit more countries around the world.
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