Bachelor of Science, 2nd year
Bachelor of Science, 2nd year

Academic ExperienceExploring the Wetzlar Lakes (near Giessen)

At JLU, I studied culture courses catered to exchange students, such as ‘German Film and German Literature’ and ‘the Era of the World Wars’. From what I saw in Giessen, the German attitude towards studying is much more relaxed, with more interaction between students and teachers, as well as discussion-based classes.

Personal ExperienceChristmas Markets in Berlin

Giessen is a great place to experience the feel of a small, German student-town. Because of its good location within Hessen, it was very convenient to travel to Frankfurt within roughly 40-minutes by train and using the JLU semester ticket. Since Giessen is very close to Frankfurt, it is also an excellent place to serve as a base for travelling in Europe. I visited so many countries on weekend trips, to places like Salzburg, Barcelona, Edinburgh and Stockholm.

Giessen is also an amazing place to meet students from all around the world – I can safely say that I now have friends from Latvia, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Italy, South Korea, the USA, France, and so many more.

AccommodationJustus Liebig Universitat (Philosophikum I Campus)

I lived in a student residence called 'Unterhof'. The facilities were quite limited; however, it was priced very well and was very convenient to meet up and hang out with the other students and my exchange friends. I would recommend living in a shared apartment (around 7-9 other students), because it allows you the chance to practice your German with your flatmates and there is more of a welcoming atmosphere. However, some friends of mine also lived in the city centre, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Professional Development & EmployabilityWeekend Trip to Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

I believe that my exchange experience has helped me develop my independence and confidence in travelling in a foreign-speaking country. My level of German has also significantly improved.

HighlightsGiessen Unterhof Christmas Party

I highly recommend doing the International Summer Course, which is held before the start of semester, lasts for one month and for me, was luckily sponsored by the Hessen-Queensland Program. The course really helps improve your German and more importantly, it gives you the chance to meet some of the other exchange students. They organised day excursions to cities around Hessen each weekend, as well as nights out and sport activity afternoons.

Top Tips

If you are thinking about going on an exchange, definitely go for it! It has certainly been an eye-opening experience, and I have learned so much about the world, but also about myself. I have formed friendships with people from all corners of the world, and have thoroughly enjoyed all the travel that has come along with my exchange.

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