At which university did you spend your semester abroad?
I did my semester abroad at Coventry University in England.
How did you like it? Would you recommend it to other HMKW students?
Definitely! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a challenge. It is a very good chance to learn a lot about yourself and to develop yourself.
Apart from the language skills that you can improve in everyday life, there are many different opportunities to develop yourself. You also get to know a lot of new people, cultures and ways of life. On the weekends we always used the time to explore new cities and sights. We went to Oxford, London and Stonehenge, among other places.
What was the biggest challenge during your semester abroad?
The biggest challenge for me was the time I spent preparing for my semester abroad, or the first phase of it. After I had chosen my courses, making sure that they would be credited at HMKW, the search for accommodation and travel planning began. I had no experience reports to fall back on, was looking for accommodation for a long time and finally chose a 6-person shared apartment in a private student dormitory. Then I decided to go by car instead of flying to have more freedom. There were many things to organize - until it finally started.
When it was time to leave, I had a drive of about 800 km ahead of me. It was the first time I had been in another country for such a long time and I generally had no idea what exactly to expect. I was alone, didn't know my roommates, and didn't have any info about what to do at the university. However, when I arrived, I immediately made a lot of new friends and quickly settled in.