Category: University of Mannheim

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Federico Mosconi: Defining Moments in Study Abroad

I don’t think that I can sum up everything that has happened in this experience into one specific moment. I think that there have been numerous situations that were defining in their own ways. Living everyday in a foreign country builds up your study abroad experience. I feel that it was the act of having ...

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Federico Mosconi: Final Exams

It’s crunch time here in Mannheim. The semester is over and final exams are this week. The libraries are packed and the usual mix of anxiety, frustration, and procrastination is the same here as it is at Drexel. Unfortunately, exams here will prove to be much more difficult than back home. To start off I ...

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Federico Mosconi: A Traveler’s Guide To Europe

Traveling is the biggest aspect of a study abroad experience. Although academics should also be a focus, I feel that many people go study abroad to then travel to other places. Of course I encourage it but before you plan out your whole “study abroad semester travel extravaganza” here’s a couple of things to consider. ...

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Federico Mosconi: Weihnachtsmarkt

It’s the time of year where the holidays are in full swing. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday in Germany but they redeem themselves in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The start of the advent marks the openings of countless christmas markets all across the nation. These “Weihnachtsmarkt” as they are called in German are ...

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Alexander Smith: Co-op Tasks while Abroad

  Hello again! As promised, here is another blog post for your reading enjoyment. This post I want to focus on something that I have found to really be a bit of a struggle to deal with while abroad: that is, applying for and interviewing for co-op jobs. Since I am technically a pre-junior in ...

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Benjamin Saff: Standardized Tests

On a serious note, I want to talk a bit about the exam style here in Mannheim and also the general state of standardized exams in our education systems. Unfortunately there is too big of a focus on standardized test scores in our society today. In an excerpt from the book “Beyond Culture”, the Edward ...

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Alexander Smith: Drexel Tasks

Hello again! With the busyness of the last few weeks abroad and doing some final traveling, I realize I’ve gotten a bit behind on these blog posts, but expect to see a bunch coming the next few days/weeks. In this post, I want to talk a bit about keeping in touch with what is going ...

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Alexander Smith: Reisen- Travelling

Willkommen züruck to another blog post! While I have tried to focus most of my blog posts up to this point on things other than traveling, I do want to talk about some of the places I have traveled in Europe during my time here, and specifically to highlight some of the places that are ...

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Benjamin Saff: Study Abroad “Experience”

How was your study abroad experience? What were your favorite things about your experience abroad? – These are questions people may ask on my return home. And yes I could give a simple answer like “Oh well some of my favorite things about the experience have been making great friendships, experiencing new foods and exploring ...

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Federico Mosconi: Studying in Mannheim Part II

As I alluded to, the level of interaction is something that is very different. In the business courses at Mannheim there is no interaction between students and professors. The main problem is that there are no homework assignments or projects during the semester that get the class involved. The course is just made up of ...