University of the Month

Lund University

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe's oldest, broadest and finest universities. With eight faculties and several research centres/specialised institutes, Lund University is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities and is located in Sweden - one of the safest countries in the world.

Lund University offers over 500 free-standing courses, over 90 Master's level programmes and 5 Bachelor's degree programmes, taught in English.

List of degree courses: http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/international-students/bachelor-s-studie...
Application: http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/international-students/apply-fees-schola...
Student Life: http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/international-students/campus-life
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lunduniversity

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has been chosen as the University of the Month for many reasons. The university is not only one of the largest universities in Germany and has a wide range of degree courses but it has also a large international community with over 35,000 students from 130 countries.

The application process for foreign students is comprehensive and easy. Applications are submitted online without a charge. The university has a user friendly and complete website containing all necessary information.

At JGU, students can participate in many extracurricular activities ranging from sports to additional learning courses.

List of degree courses: http://www.uni-mainz.de/studium/495_ENG_HTML.php
Application: http://www.uni-mainz.de/studium/494_ENG_HTML.php
Student Life: http://www.uni-mainz.de/studium/133_ENG_HTML.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JGUmainz

Comments

Overall, I enjoy studying and living in Mainz. City’s population is around 200 thousand, and it is compact, beautiful and convenient place. It takes 20 minutes to reach the center of Frankfurt by train which is free of charge. Another large city, Wiesbaden, is just 10 minutes away from Mainz by train. It is quite convenient for those who are looking to take a part time job in a large city while studying in Mainz.
I quite like the local people, although before coming here I thought Germans are cold, and not very welcoming however it turned out exactly the opposite.
As for the studies, university is quite big with 35 thousand students, and it’s fairly international with students from all over the world. University provides wide variety of language and personal development courses. There is a huge sport complex that offers a range of sport activities starting with swimming and ending with karate. All these are available to students at no cost. The university library is enormous containing 4 sub- libraries.
My course of study is English and all German professors are fluent in English and hard to tell from native speakers. We are encouraged to ask questions during lectures and tutorials, and our motto is “There is no stupid question.” Our coursework results always come with detailed and individual feedback, we can always approach our professor and he/she is happy to show us each mistake and explain it in details.
Although studying here is hard, you must spend a lot of time for independent reading. It is very important to receive a high GPA in order to get a good job. Employers pay attention to your scores and having just a degree is not enough. Which is the reason all students try to study hard and their knowledge level is quite high. You can also participate in exchange programs between partner universities located in different countries. However, tuition fees and other expenses must be covered by students themselves.
The advantage of German education system say over US or UK is the equality principle. All universities try to keep the quality of education at the same level. And of course the main advantage is tuition free education.
Living in Germany as a student is not bad at all. You can find accommodation in Mainz for max 200 – 300 Euros per month. Monthly food expenses are about 100 – 200 Euros depending on your needs. Transportation is free. You can find a student job even if you don’t speak German. There are plenty of employment agencies that can help you to get a job. And of course if you speak German then you are free to apply to any company.

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