My name is Ana Martí Vergara and I studied “European Business Programme” at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster.
I am Spanish and I started the great and exciting adventure of studying abroad four years ago after attending the German School in Valencia since I was 3 years old.
I have already answered the question “Why did you start your studies in Germany?” several times with the same words: “Why not?”. But, of course, there were many reasons why I took that decision. Improving my German skills was very important to me, as well as getting to know the German culture better. The fact that I would have to live without my family in another country was also a challenge for me.
Was it difficult? Yes, but only at the beginning. In the beginning you have to be brave and open for the changes that are up to come. Maybe you will need to ask for help for doing the complicated German paperwork or at some lessons with the resumes, but after all it is a very good experience.
You study abroad, your CV will gain value, but not only the exams are important. Your soft skills become much better! You meet a lot of people the first weeks and if you are lucky, like me, then you find very good friends that will last for your entire life. With them you often drink beer, go to the movies, cook together, do sports, travel… and party, a lot.☺
But also your skills at home will improve. Since you will probably live alone or at a WG (Wohngemeinschaft=shared apartment) you will have to cook every day, clean the house/your room, do laundry, grocery shopping, etc. and trust me, you will get used to it.
In summary, I would say: Although the German culture is a bit different from the Spanish (and I often missed the sun), I felt very comfortable in Münster and I am very proud of the decision of studying abroad.