Category: University of Mannheim

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Benjamin Saff: The “Study” Part of Study Abroad.

The most talked about aspects of study abroad are never about studying. Yes, it’s a real thing. For me, it is getting closer and closer to finals period and the studying aspect is becoming more and more real. Of course I always attended classes up until now. But as soon as class is over, I ...

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Federico Mosconi: Coping with Homesickness

Being so far from home, the feeling of homesickness is something inevitable. As much as studying abroad is an exciting and new experience, home is going to be something you will miss. The way you deal with homesickness will determine how you feel and how you tackle your study abroad experience. If homesickness goes unchecked ...

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Alexander Smith: Rhein-Neckar Region

  Welcome back to another blog post. In this post, I want to talk a bit about the region that Mannheim is in, and about some of the other places nearby that are a short and easy visit to make. One of the great things about studying abroad, especially in Europe is the ability to ...

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Alexander Smith: Fremdsprache-Foreign Language

  Hallo, and welcome back to another blog post! I realize I’ve been behind on posting these, so my apologies for that. In this post I wanted to talk a bit about what might be one of the biggest challenges when studying abroad in a place like Germany (or almost anywhere in the world), which ...

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Benjamin Saff: More to Miss About Germany

As I said in my previous post, I’m going to miss Germany quite a lot. In this post I will talk more about things that I will certainly miss about this country. It has been said by many who have left Germany: “Ich hab mein Herz in Deutschland verloren” or “I left my heart in ...

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Benjamin Saff: Germany Food Specialties

Germany Food I have been here in Germany for over 2 months now. The reality is sinking in that I am over half way done my time here and I’m already know I’m going to miss this place a lot. For this post I’m going to list some great Germany foods I’ve discovered during my ...

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Federico Mosconi: Diversity

Living in Philadelphia means being exposed to different people and ethnicities. Philly is a very diverse city and I thought that moving to Germany was going to be different in the aspect of diversity. I was surprised though when I first arrived in Mannheim that it shares a lot in common with Philadelphia. Philadelphia is ...

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Federico Mosconi: Course Registration

University was different right from the start in Germany. The first thing I encountered was the differences in registration for classes. At Drexel one registers for classes several months in advance before the next quarter. In Mannheim, registration only opens a couple of weeks before the term starts. At first I didn’t realize this and ...

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Benjamin Saff: German (Un)Friendliness?

So I had this preconceived notion that when I got to Germany it would be extremely hard to make friends with local Germans. All because a read one blog post online which stated, among other oblivious generalizations, that German students were very formal, hard to make friends with, and hard to impress. So just because ...

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Federico Mosconi: An Encounter in Berlin

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit Berlin for the weekend with a couple of friends. We planned a pretty packed schedule because we wanted to see as much as possible in the city in just two days. I was excited to visit Berlin because it was a city that I remembered I ...