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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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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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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 ...

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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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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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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. ...