Mannheim Uni – 1st semester

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It has been a year since I registered my first semester in Mannheim University (MMM).  Although it was fun to study in Germany, I have had some troubles during my first semester in Mannheim University.

– It is difficult to find a room in Mannheim as a student. Of course, there is an easy way to apply for a room through Studentenwerk Mannheim. However, this process also takes 8 to 10 weeks to get a contact that they could offer you a room. Or you could go right away to Studentenwerk building. If you are planning to get your own apartment, consider that you have to get ‘visiting appointment’ and then you have to wait until owner will contact you.

– If you are planning to apply for my master in management program, you should study beforehand some statistic or derivatives (i mean math). Most of exchange students (as well as international students) was surprised in how many cases math is involved. According to a source from dean’s office, 40% of students failed ‘business economics I’ exam in 2011.

– I have got the worst grades in my life time. I thought I did good job, however, it turned out to be disaster. Maybe I have a problem with writing an exam in a German way. For me, I expect more group activity and paper work. Since Mannheim University is very academic-oriented high education institute, in most of courses, you will be evaluated based on 100% final exam.

– I have over-heard in cafeteria from international students without German skill, it is difficult to live in Germany. But hey! what do you expect when you study Business in Germany although it is English track? We study in neither England nor America. Just learn some basic German then it will be okay. Though I was disappointed that mannheim university does not support for international students to deal with government paper issues. If you go to alien registration authority (Auslaenderbehoerde), you should not expect officers to speak in English…. yes… you may answer all in German.

Though I have earned very precious lessons throughout my first semester in Mannheim. Hopefully I get better on my grade and experience more in a good way.

2012 FALL SEMESTER ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Term period 01.08.2012 – 31.01.2013
Re-registration period* 01.05.2012 – 15.06.2012
Lecture period 03.09.2012 – 07.12.2012
Examination period 10.12.2012 – 21.12.2012

2013 SPRING SEMESTER ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Term period 01.02.2013 – 31.07.2013
Re-registration period* 15.10.2012 – 01.12.2012
Lecture period 11.02.2013 – 31.05.2013
Spring Break 25.03.2013 – 05.04.2013
Examination period 03.06.2013 – 15.06.2013
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