Category: University of Mannheim

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Federico Mosconi: Walking Etiquette

Although I have mostly positive things to say about Germany and the German people, I have been surprised at their walking etiquette. The first thing that surprised me was that Germans always stop at pedestrian crossings. In most parts of the world if traffic isn’t coming then people usually walk across the street, not in ...

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Alexander Smith: Stadt Mannheim

  Hallo everyone, and welcome back to my blog. I realize I’m a bit behind on submitting the blogs as I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling… more on that in another blog post. In this post, I want to talk a little bit more about the city of Mannheim itself, in particular, some ...

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Benjamin Saff: Travel Advice for Study Abroad Students

So you’ve found yourself studying in a foreign land and now you want to explore. Here are some of the important things I have learned thus far during my study abroad traveling experiences. 1. Know your priorities When I got to Germany I was overwhelmed with all the possibilities that suddenly opened up for me. ...

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Benjamin Saff: Culture Shock

Culture shock is quite a real phenomenon. I was skeptical when first hearing about it and thought I would have a seamless transition into the German culture. It wasn’t exactly as smooth as I thought. Not to worry you though, culture shock is different for different and its extent always varies. The best I can ...

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Benjamin Saff: Germany and Religion

One of the greatest differences between Germany and my home country, the United States, is the role of religion in the society. First of all, Germany and U.S. do have the same majority religions in common; the Catholic and Protestant religions dominate as the majority. While both countries have an open policy about religion, the ...

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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. ...