Don't have the opportunity to participate in SEP but still want to gain an overseas experience? Hear from Michael (in the middle) about his summer programme experience in Germany!
❓ Please give a short introduction and share a fun fact about yourself!
✏️ Hi everyone, I'm Michael and I'm a Year 4 Mechanical Engineering student with Second Major in Innovation and Design. I like teaching, 3D Printing as well as Xiangsheng (traditional Chinese standup comedy). I co-founded the first Xiangsheng performing club in Singapore, and I do have a lot of commitment there. So I think I might be considered as a ‘busy person’.
❓ Why did you choose to go on a summer programme?
✏️ I chose Summer Programme instead of SEP mainly because I wish to experience overseas university life but I can’t reserve a full semester for SEP due to my personal schedule. I decided to join the TU Darmstadt Summer Programme because it offers both Engineering and German Language Courses, and it is the first time international on-site sessions being available ever since Covid outbreak.
❓ Share about your experiences during the summer programme!
✏️ The Mechatronics Engineering class was very interesting and useful. I actually utilised some of the knowledge I gained in TUDa even after I came back to NUS. As for the Intensive German Course, as the name suggests, the workload will be intense, but you will be surprised by how much progress you can make. The instructors are very friendly and helpful, and you can make huge improvements under the learning environment of TUDa.
✏️ Besides academic content, during our time in Germany, we also had a chance to travel to various cities. We have visited classical attraction sites, such as the old city of Heidelberg and Munich, as well as engineering and technology-focused places, such as the European Space Agency and the Mercedes Factory. travelling around Germany allowed me to expose to the unique culture and innovative environment. It was indeed a memorable experience.
❓ Share about an interesting event that happened during your time there!
✏️ In Germany, the term Mineralwasser is not directly equivalent to our mineral water. Instead, it is referring to a kind of carbonated sparkling water. It comes with a slight sweet taste with dissolved carbon dioxide. You may need some time to adapt to this taste if you are not a huge fan of carbonated drinks. Most bottled water in the supermarket falls into this kind (labeled as ‘mit Kohlensäure’) and only a small portion of them are non-carbonated (labeled as ‘ohne Kohlensäure still’). I was not aware of this fact, and have to drink carbonated sparkling water for almost a week. And talking about drinks, in German restaurants, some beers can actually be cheaper than water. So besides letting you experience the German beer culture, drinking beer might even be a method for you to ‘save money’.
❓ Any advice or additional information you would like to add?
✏️ Summer programme is a unique kind of experience. It does not span into the usual school semester, so it will not affect your usual academic module plan at all. Although the programme schedule might be slightly tighter than SEP, there are a lot of chances for you to get exposed to the local culture. I do recommend joining this session if you are a busy person just like me, who really can’t squeeze out time for SEP but still wish to get an overseas experience. Kommen Sie bitte nach Darmstadt, denn wir sind Ingenieure!
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