At which university did you spend your semester abroad?
I did my semester abroad at ISCOM, Institut Supérieur de Communication et Publicité, in Paris and the semester there went from 12/09 to 12/16/2022. It was my 3rd semester.
How did you like it? Would you recommend it to other HMKW students?
Paris was great! I was there together with my fellow students from HMKW in Berlin and Frankfurt, Madeleine Roters and Khadidja Kordowou. I also lived in an apartment with Madeleine, together with 5 other flatmates. Because we were already very good friends, Madeleine and I did a lot of things together in Paris and always had a lot of fun together. Studying in Paris was a very special experience. The city is beautiful and I met many people with whom I am still in contact today. We have also already planned to visit each other.
What was the biggest challenge during your semester abroad?
One of the bigger challenges was definitely the language. Although the lectures at ISCOM were in English, I needed French at one point or another in my daily life. I had French in school, but was out of practice. In emergencies, I would call my French roommate to help translate or use a translation app. You can get by without French, but it's more comfortable for everyone if you know at least the basics. The whole bureaucracy was also difficult, for example reading the French rental contract or opening a French bank account.