Nowadays, you can choose from more than 90 subjects, and my university is organized in nine faculties. These faculties range from Architecture, Mechanical engineering, Humanities, where I belonged to, and many more. Besides the number of subjects and students has also increased tremendously. Today we have around 24,000 registered students.
The biggest difference I felt between the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet of Hannover and Ewha Womans University is the campus structure. In the case of Ewha, the whole campus is concentrated in one big area; however, in LUH, there are 160 buildings spread all over the city.
To elaborate, if I have a political sicence class, the building is located relatively close to the inner city. However, the building where mechanical engineering students have class is located at the end of the city, where students have to take the subway for more than 30 minutes. In addition, you can choose several different canteens to get lunch according to your building.
Nevertheless, the main building, the former “Welfencastle,” is located very close to the beautiful “Herrenhauser Garten,” where gardens arranged in the time of the Baroque. Once vactation starts, I highly recommend you to visit them!
A big part of my university is the international fair. Every year we welcome about 3,000 students from all over the world. Last year, we welcomed students from 40 different countries including China, the United States, Russia, Columbia and Korea.
I especially recognized this during exam periods because I recall hearing several different languages which are unfamiliar to me. Thus, this influenced me to go study abroad for a year. Furthermore, my university has an institution called Office of International affairs. This institution supports students who are interested in International affairs.
In addition, this institution has many different partnerships from all over the world and supports incoming students as well as outgoing ones in various ways. With the help of this institution, I was accepted as an exchange student at Ewha. Also, my tuition at Ewha was paid by my university and without this aid, I probably would not be here.
Despite the fact that several in-class courses are offered, there are also many extracurricular activities to choose. Starting with the sports club through to the Career center, where you can find a perspective for your future job, or the student association, AStA, which supports the students in every aspect. There are many activities, where students can find something interesting. If you are interested in learning or improving your language skills, you can do this at the Center for Specific Languages. Aside from these organizations, every department has its own counselor, and organizes different events; for example, every thursday is called “Unikino” which means that one big classroom will be transformed to a cinema. At the start of every fall semester each division organizes a welcoming party for freshmen. Don’t miss them!
*Tom Szyja (Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, 3) studies at Ewha as an exchange student.
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