"The intercultural training was really good for me, because Finnish people tend to be quite shy. I am happy that the teacher put us in groups from different countries and cultures in the same place. Of course, the language was a bit hard for me at first, since I hadn't been using English at all in Finland. But after talking to everyone it became easier and easier, as expected. After two days, I was literally thinking in English. During that journey I understood, that I was able to achieve anything if I just stepped out of my comfort zone. I liked the Professors, they were kind, professional and they understood that not all of us had the same background. But the best thing for me were the people. I met people that will stay as my friends forever… I would absolutely recommend the Summer School in Ansbach to everyone. It was an amazing experience!"
"The first contact with other nation students was very easy and the conversations started easily. German students were very hospitable and friendly which made us feel like home… The following days were full of workshops especially in my course (Photovoltaics). We had to wake up early and to do lots of exercises during the day which were very interesting. Some of the students had different academic
backgrounds but I think we adapted easily to working in a mixed group and we helped each other. The professors were also kind and professional to help us keeping things easy understanding. At the evenings we could stay together with other students from different courses during barbeques or meeting at campus. I also made new friendships and it was relaxing after long days studying. The topics we learned during Summer School will help me very much in my future courses in my home town and in my career."
"This 12-day trip, travel dates included, changed my life. We were given so many opportunities while we were there, such as touring well-known sights, visiting different cities including Munich, Nuremberg, Erlangen, and Bamberg, and most of all, we met the most incredible people. Although I have traveled abroad before, it wasn't for academic reasons, and that's what made this trip different for me… With such a short time period to learn in, it was very fast pace, but worth it. My biggest takeaway from this trip is the importance of diversity. Realizing that, I became much more extroverted while away and got to know many of the international students who were so kind and welcoming. If there's one thing I would say to future students who might go on this trips, it would be to keep an open mind and try new things. It can be daunting going to a new country and not knowing everyone, but it's worth it when you can have experiences unlike those at home, and meet people from all over the world, and come back home with stories you'll never forget."
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