Category: Term Abroad

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Nicholas Sukiennik: RUB and Environmental Awareness

Environmentalism at Ruhr My entire life these days could be easily characterized by a constant awareness of large-scale environmental issues going on in the world– an awareness so dominant as to consume my thoughts and even actions whenever I am not fully occupied with something else. As an introduction to my arguably irrational fixation, my ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: Belgium and Netherlands (Part 2)

On the second day of our 4-day weekend, we went to Bruges. It is a city close to Brussels and is very beautiful. As with Brussels, the first thing we did was go to a tourist booth and got a map of all the attractions of the city. We made our own tour to make ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: US Embassy

Since my passport was stolen, I had to go to the US Embassy to file for a new one. There was an embassy in Dusseldorf, which is really close to here, but it no longer accepts people. That unfortunately meant that I needed to go all the way to Frankfurt. It is only two and ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: How to Balance a Social Life and Good Study habits While Studying in Germany

  It is true, sometimes study abroad experiences have a reputation of being more focused on “partying” than studying, despite the fact that they are primarily meant to provide a more global academic experience. It is also true that one cannot blame a person who wants to make the most out of the social opportunities ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: Towns Close to Bochum

Europe is very serious about its football. Since one of the big teams (Dortmund) are very close to where I’m staying, some students and I decided to go to a Dortmund bar to watch a game with the locals. It was a game against the unbeatable Munich team, so we were set up for a ...

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Veronika Legkobitova: Belgium and Netherlands (Part 1)

This past weekend, two other students and I decided to take advantage of the 4-day weekend and travel outside of Germany. Belgium and the Netherlands are fairly close, so we decided to go to do two days in both. The cheapest way to travel is by train. Although it takes a longer time, we booked ...

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Carl Huebner: A Weekend in Berlin

This past weekend a few of us decided to take full advantage of a four day Easter weekend and took the trip to Berlin. By the time we decided to plan this trip, train and bus tickets had already risen too high for us, so we decided to try about another method of transportation we ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: Berlin

Berlin Bochum is in a central position in Europe in my opinion, by being in a more or less equidistant from many great cities including Paris, London, Vienna, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and of course Berlin, the last of which I and a group of other exchange students at RUB visited this past weekend. Not having classes ...

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Carl Huebner: Culture Shock.

Well after spending two full weeks and 3 weekends here, I am pretty sure that most of the culture shock and major international differences have made themselves known. Nothing is too extreme, but just a few small things that take some getting used to. The first major dilemma for me is something that I was ...

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Nicholas Sukiennik: A Day in the Life at RUB

  Here I would like to write a simple outline of my daily routine at RUB, so one can get the impression of what it is really like to live here, including all the trivialities of life (which are really the most substantial part, if you add them all up). Let’s begin with my phone ...