The students were welcomed by Jon Gerdes (head of study advisory), Jeannine Muhlack (career service), Verena Nüßmann (study advisor), Oliver Dutt (study advisor), and Shubhesh Sawant (international officer).
Jeannine Muhlack gave the students some helpul advice on finding accommodation in Berlin and stressed the importance of knowing the specific bureaucratic processes in Germany, e. g. registering your address with the authorities.Two representatives of a public German health insurance provider were present to inform the students about the need and options for internationals regarding health insurance.
Furthermore, in their presentation “Culture shock Berlin – expect the unexpected“, study advisors Verena Nüßmann and Oliver Dutt gave some insight into the history of the city, pointing out some of the lesser obvious sights and landmarks of Berlin, such as the Berlin Wall Memorial close to HMKW’s campus and the memorial project „Stolpersteine“ („stumbling stones“), brass plates attached to concrete cubes inscribed with the names and life dates of victims of the Nazi regime.
On a lighter note, Oliver Dutt and Verena Nüßmann addressed some peculiarities of German culture, such as punctuality, deposit bottles and the not so efficient construction of the Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. Vaishnavi Upadrasta from India, who recently completed her M.A. Business Psychology at HMKW Berlin, shared some first-hand experience of German culture and society from an international student’s point of view.