“Many different cultures converge at Freie Universität. Since I am studying languages, I always like to see how different cultures come together.”
Milane Pridmore-Franz from Edmonton, Canada.
Source: Bernd Wannenmacher
How long have you been at Freie Universität?
I began my studies at Freie Universität in October 2010, at the beginning of the winter semester. I am on an official university exchange for two semesters, and will return home to finish my studies at the end of this summer semester, in August.
Did you come through direct exchange or another program?
I came through the direct exchange program.
What are you studying, and which semester are you in?
I study German and French Language and Literature, and I will also obtain translation certificates for both languages. In the German system I am in the sixth semester. At home in Canada we complete our bachelor degrees in four years, and I am in my third year.
Where are you from, and where do you study at home?
I am Canadian, from Edmonton. I study at the University of Alberta.
Why did you choose Freie Universität?
For one thing, I wanted to improve my German. And I read somewhere that Freie Universität is one of the best universities in Europe for the humanities. Another reason was that my father was born in Berlin, and I wanted to experience the city and discover something more about my roots.
What do you especially like about Freie Universität?
I like the international atmosphere. That applies not only to the university, but to Berlin in general. Many different cultures converge at Freie Universität. Since I am studying languages, I always like to see how different cultures come together. The faculty here is very dedicated, knowledgeable, and helpful, and I like the way classes are taught.
What do you like less?
The bureaucracy, but that may be partially because I am not as familiar with things here as at my home university. Another problem is that I do not know for sure, if my home university will give me full credit for all of the courses I am taking here.
Do you have any suggestions for someone new at Freie Universität?
It is important to prepare well in advance at home and to learn something about the various districts in Berlin. And it is important to be patient during the first few weeks of your arrival and at the beginning of the semester, as it can be a little bit confusing to adapt to a new university system.
Any suggestions for living in Berlin?
You should travel to Berlin as early as possible, maybe a month before the semester begins, so you can find good and suitable housing for yourself. The city has a lot to offer, and you need time to discover the city and enjoy the atmosphere. Berlin is a wonderful city and very diverse, and you should take your time to decide where you want to live.
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