|Augsburg University of Technology Exchange|
Before entering college, I had hoped that I could use the school resources to go abroad. Germany is the country that I have always dreamed of visiting. However, due to my university's major in English and Japanese and financial considerations, I chose Akita International University as my first choice at the beginning, but something unexpected happened after I was admitted. Akita International University reduced the quota in the final stage. Disappointed, however, I had the opportunity to realize my dream that I felt unlikely to fulfill after coordinating with the school and my parents. Thinking about it now, I am very thankful that such an unexpected turn and the support of my parents allowed me to spend the most extraordinary half year of my life there.
Courses (in class)
I studied at the School of Business at the Augsburg University of Technology. Most courses are taught in English, so there are many courses to choose from. You can choose management, marketing and economics courses according to your own interests. I myself took cross-cultural management and business English in the business school. In addition to attending the class, in the cross-cultural management course I also need to participate in a full-day workshop. During that entire day, we must try our best to communicate and cooperate with students from different countries. Although I have taken cross-cultural related courses in Taiwan, I never had the opportunity to experience and practice immediately after the class. So this course gave me a good opportunity to communicate with exchange students in Germany. Besides, the American professor who taught this course was also very humorous and interesting. The other business English is the one that I think has benefited me the most. Although I am in the Department of Foreign Languages in YZU, this course exposed many shortcomings I had because I had so many opportunities to discuss and present in English.
The school’s GO OUT DAY introduced Taiwan and YZU to German students.
Exchange life learning (extracurricular)
In the life of Fort Augustus, in addition to class and reading, the most common thing to do is probably to cook and go to the supermarket. Also because of cooking by yourself, life here is much healthier than in Taiwan. There are many parks near the dormitory, so I often go on walks when I have time. In addition, from time to time, I will participate in many parties and festivals held in cities and schools. Life in Fort Augustus is very comfortable. I have a lot of time to do what I want to do and plan my time. Therefore, I feel that self-discipline has become very important; otherwise, you will let yourself be careless or too lazy.
Thoughts and suggestions
In the short six months, the progress I made here is actually quite limited, but the most valuable is to recognize my shortcomings, and I believe that I will continue to work hard after returning. In addition, my life experience here has also affected my attitude towards life and my thinking about the future. In addition to reality and money, you start to think about what kind of life you really want. Is your current self moving in that direction? I want to remind students that the most important thing is not to set limits for yourself and not to put too much pressure on yourself. Enjoy every day, try your best to absorb when there are classes, and pick some classes that are a little difficult for you but not too many. What you learn is not only the knowledge in the class but also the beautiful life experiences. This appreciation will let you see the possibilities of different lives, making you braver to face your future, and more willing to try hard.
Exchange Student Trip-Neuschwanstein Castle Augsburg Oktoberfest
exchange students in the same dormitory