My name is Gerardo Guillén from the International Program IPE16, I am from Mexico and my home university is called Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and since the beginning of my degree, one of my goals was to make a study abroad in Germany.
One of the reasons was because I practiced German language in the high school for 3 years and because I wanted to know and learn new experiences that only a study abroad can offer to me. Coming to Germany was not easy, I had to take two flights by myself and I was not used to take flights. Also, when I arrived at Frankfurt, I had no idea about where and which train to take, so I almost lost it. My first train went from Frankfurt to Mannheim, and I remembered that I was enjoying a lot that trip. My second train went from Mannheim to Mosbach, and that train offered me beautiful sights that I will never forget.
It was the March 31 in the afternoon when I finally arrived at my new hometown, Mosbach, and my first impression about it was a nice and quiet town. The next day was the first day of school, and the first day I met my new dear friends. I liked that the German Students are so cool, they receive the internationals like if we were friends time before, I learned German from them and they were always there when you need them, we learn a lot from them, and they learn a lot from the international students. My really like my relationship with the international students, because we are like a family even since the beginning. The second week in Germany is when we really know each other between the internationals, because the First week we were all mixed with German students in the Hannover Messe. We used to make a lot of trips together to near cities and have a lot of fun. We also cooked together sometimes, have some drinks, sing songs and talk about the life of each one before the IPE started.
I never experienced before to be so far away from my home and everything I know, for example, must leave your family, your friends, the food, the commodities, etc. And knowing that your family and friends were sleeping when you are just waking up was kind of strange. A new experience that I liked was that I had to be independent, every decision I made was important. I never went to buy groceries by myself in Mexico and now in Germany I went every week. Another experience was taking trains to move from one place to another and that we the internationals had to walk a lot.
My ways of living in Mosbach
I would like to talk about the difference between DHBW Mosbach and Tecnológico de Monterrey. First of all, students in my home university can pick their lectures at the time that best fits them, and in DHBW Mosbach the schedule of the lectures are already arranged. Also, my home university is much bigger than DHBW Mosbach. I think DHBW is much more relaxed because the system of education, for example, in my home university we have to go to lectures for 4 months, and in between each month and a half there is a partial exam, homeworks, projects, and at the end a final exam and everything worth for your final note, in the other hand, DHBW set us lectures for just weeks, some projects and just a final exam for each module, sometimes just the final exam worth the 100% of the note. Also, the DHBW arranged for us excursions, so we can balance fun and responsibilities, and I think that is nice from DHBW, because in my home university we don’t go to excursions so at the end we end up stressed from a lot of work. Also, in my home university we have a lot of different degrees, even degrees that has nothing to do with engineering.
Most of my days in Mosbach during the week were to wake up at 7 or 8 am to go to the school at 9 am for the lectures, then at 12 pm we had lunchbreak and then more lecture until 4 or 5 pm. During the weekends, me and other internationals and some Germans visited cities near Mosbach. We visited Heilbronn, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Würzburg, others visited Strasbourg, others went to Rust, some others visited different countries but at least, everyone went to Hannover for the first week of the IPE course.
What I like most about Mosbach is that this city is small, and life is relaxing, not a lot of cars, not a lot of noise. Another thing is that everything is near because is a small city. The people in here are calm people and good people.
Last days in Mosbach
Now that the semester is almost coming to and end and the Germans already left, I started to think what has changed since the beginning of the semester. Everyone matured a lot; everyone knew their own responsibilities since the beginning and that every decision they made would affect in their lives. The best moments I had were when Germans and internationals get along together, knowing each other and sharing wonderful experiences. Personally, I feel like a different person from who I used to be, I feel independent now, and it was a wonderful experience that I would like to take again. I will never forget my stay because my goal was always come to Germany to study, and I will never forget all those people that made my experience so good.
Programs taught in English at the DHBW Mosbach are laid out for mixed groups of incoming students and DHBW Mosbach students. The DHBW Mosbach offers two international programs:
The IPB is running in the 3rd and 4th Semester of the DHBW Bachelor Program. Incoming exchange students as well as DHBW Mosbach degree students enrolled in the Departments of Trade and Industry are eligible for application.
The IPE is a tailor-made program designed for a mixed group consisting of incoming exchange students and DHBW Mosbach degree students from the Departments of Mechatronics, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems.
STIBET is financed and supported by the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – German Academic Exchange Service) and the Bundesministerium der Finanzen (German federal ministry of finance) to promote the academic training/studies for international students. The DAAD promotes the mobility of students from partner universities.