Category: University of Mannheim

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Federico Mosconi: Getting Around: A Guide to Transportation in Germany

The hierarchy of transportation in Germany is quite different from the one in the U.S. Getting around in Germany is not as straightforward and there are several ways to reach the same destination. To get around Mannheim I usually walk, just like I did at Drexel. My apartment is close to everything I need and ...

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Federico Mosconi: VISUM

It’s very hard to ignore VISUM if you are an international student here at Mannheim. In fact, VISUM will be one of the first things you get to know and something that will be involved in your social and student life here in Mannheim. VISUM or the Verein Internationaler Studentenpartnerschaften an der Universtiaet Mannheim is ...

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Benjamin Saff: German Phrases to Know While Visiting

German Phrases My family just arrived for a visit to Germany and France this weekend. I spent some time today explaining some phrases here. That inspired this post: a short list of useful/common German phrases for any readers who plan to visit. Bitte / Danke Schön Means: Please / Thank you (respectively). These two phrases ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim Part 3: Sightseeing

Although Mannheim is not a well known city, there are still things to see and do. Like I said in my previous blog, Mannheim was completely destroyed at the end of the war, but there are some historical sites left. The most famous and the most prominent is the Mannheim Palace, where the Palatine royal ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim Part 2: Past and Present

Outside of Germany, Mannheim is not a very well known city. At first I struggled to find it on a map and when I talked to my friends that I was going to Mannheim, their reply was, where’s that? Of course, there is a very good reason why Mannheim is not known, there’s nothing here. ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim Part I: Geography and the Quadrate

The first time I heard of Mannheim was when I was looking through potential study abroad locations. I was familiar with places like Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt, but Mannheim was a city I never heard about. In fact, I was a bit surprised I didn’t know about it because I consider myself a geography nerd. ...

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Benjamin Saff: Some Cultural Observations and Reflections on Germany

Germany is very different than the culture I am used to in the US. The easiest illustration of this is comparing the two countries’ national identity. In the US, our national policy is loud and proud. We wave flags, chant songs, shoot fireworks; all of this to celebrate ourselves and demonstrate our love and pride ...

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Alexander Smith: Züge im Deutschland- Trains in Germany

  Willkommen züruck to my blog! In this post, I want to talk a bit about the transportation here in Germany, specifically to explain the train system, since that is probably the best way to get around Germany as a student. While most people are probably familiar with the German automobile manufacturers, and while Germans ...

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Alexander Smith: Classes in Mannheim

  Guten abend, and welcome back to my blog. In this post, I’d like to talk a bit about the classes here at the University of Mannheim, and some similarities and differences between the classes in Germany vs. the United States. For this fall term in Mannheim, I am taking four classes, although only three ...

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Alexander Smith: German Supermarkets

  Guten Tag! In this blog post, I’d like to talk a little bit about meals and groceries here in Germany, as there are some similarities, but also some key differences between Germany and the U.S. when grocery shopping. As an American, probably the first big difference one notices between German supermarkets and American supermarkets ...