Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Primary)

 

Academic experiences:

I really enjoyed the chance to study a range of subjects, some related to my degree and others out of interest. The structure is certainly different, but it doesn’t take long to adjust. While you may be asked to present a reading, or lead a discussion, assessment is usually completed once classes finish, which really allows you to focus on the content of your course throughout the semester. The intensity varied in different subjects, and that wasn’t always an indication of how many credit points the course was worth. While in one course worth 3ECTS I presented my interpretation of a modernist fiction, in another course (of equivalent ECTS) I was required to complete a 10-15 page essay. 30ECTS will require participation in up to ten courses in order to obtain a full-time credit, which was somewhat daunting. While I would like to say the work load was easy I must admit at times the reading content alone for eight subjects was a lot to contend with. Overall, it is manageable and absolutely worth the challenge. I particularly like how personal the classes felt. Each course is organised, lead and taught by one lecturer; they take only as many classes as they manage, which is usually a maximum of one to two classes (this does mean demand can be high for popular courses).

Courses Studied:

  • American Literature 1945 – 1965
  • Cultures of Mobility
  • The Vietnam War
  • Modernist Short Stories
  • Teaching Grammar
  • Core Skills Grammar
  • Speaking Skills (2) Classroom
  • Cultural Studies

Personal experiences:

I found German people to be very polite and really helpful. On the many occasions I found myself lost and looking for a class I was always approached and offered help. I was often invited to social events with classmates, and as a result was made to feel very welcome here in Germany. Since I arrived here in December I have visited 20 countries around Europe, and even managed to squeeze in a trip to New York (it’s much cheaper from this side of the world to buy tickets). I have been keeping a blog with all my travel details, the link is public and I’m happy to share it; http://kateandjoetraveleurope.blogspot.de

Accommodation:

Private Accommodation off-campus in Schwabing. The accommodation I obtained was excellent (found on airbnb). The landlord was just wonderful and again, so helpful. I live with my partner in a studio flat. It was wonderful to have our own place in a great area – close to a collection of bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as the Art Galleries. We also reside near a large public space (Luitpold) that’s great for jogging, picnicking and generally taking in the outdoors. The only con is of course how expensive accommodation is in Munich!

TOP TIPS:

  • Sort out your German Health Insurance immediately (you may jeopardise your enrolment otherwise) – I went with TK about 80 Euros a month (this price is standard)
  • The same goes for registering your address with the "Bürgerbüro" – you won’t be able to receive mail or enrol unless you’ve done this.
  • Don’t expect to always get the subjects you first listed on your learning agreement – be prepared to take on different subjects and organise your own timetable.
  • (Apparently this is a Germany wide thing) – Although classes might indicate they start at say, 2pm and finish at 4pm -they actually always start at quarter past the hour and finish at quarter to. – Very handy for grabbing something to eat and a short break between classes on a long day.

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