Mohamed is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Management and Engineering in Production Systems at RWTH Aachen University. We asked Mohamed to share his experience of studying abroad in Germany.
What is your name and age? Where are you from?
My name is Mohamed Asif and I am 26 years old. I am from India.
What is the name of your university, study programme? When did you start studying?
I am studying a Master’s in Management and Engineering in Production Systems at RWTH Aachen University. (2016 winter intake batch)
What were your main priorities when choosing your university and your programme? How did you decide?
My ultimate aim is finding a challenging job in my field and Germany is a hub for mechanical engineers. Since RWTH Aachen is a reputed top ranked university for mechanical Engineering, it was my first choice.
International exposure which I would experience and quality of living were other aspects which I considered.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university? How did you overcome it? What would you recommend for the current intake’s applicants?
Challenges – I had elementary German language skills and application procedure was slightly tricky and I could not understand it at the first glance.
Solution – I followed step by step instructions found on the university website. Program managers at the university were really friendly clearing all my doubts instantaneously. Language course from Goethe Institute helped me a lot to pick up the language.
Recommendations – I would sincerely request current intake’s applicants to learn the national language of the country before arrival.
What are three things you like most about the university? State the reason.
First, I would say international reputation because it is one of the best universities in Germany with high research funding.
Secondly, my university is student friendly. Needs of the students are well catered.
Finally, study materials are really interesting and updated to the ongoing research in the industry.
If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be? How do you plan to improve it?
It would have been nicer if in the international courses more students from various different countries to be enrolled and also more student jobs should be offered for English speaking students.
What are three things you like the most about the city? Why?
Aachen is a small, yet beautiful city with one of the best universities in the world.
It has been rated one of the best cities to live in because of its quality of life and transportation facilities.
Best part is that we get to travel in our entire state for free with our semester ticket.
If you could improve anything about the city, what would it be?
Transportation in late nights is always a problem so I would add more buses during late nights, especially during weekends.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure? Did you like it?
Biggest surprise was the amount of free time for self-development activities. I never imagined that I could devote so much time. And yeah, I liked it.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It is/was a total disaster, 10 – I have/had the time of my life)?
I will rate 9.5/10 since my experience has been wonderful so far.
What are your future plans after graduating?
As I have mentioned before, I want to find a good job in Germany and establish my career here.
Share your favourite spot, the university and the city with us! Please let us know why do you like it.
My favorite spot is the Super C which is the university’s administrative block. I like it since it is always bustling with students and a lot of facilities are available all around.
I like Ellisenbrunen in the city since it is the main shopping street of Aachen.
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