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Written by Gabriela Tanevska

When I first received the decision to study at the University of Münster in Germany for my Erasmus exchange semester, I was shocked. I have never heard about Münster before. Although I had the chance to change it, I decided to trust the choice that the University of Ljubljana, my home university, made for me. After all, they must have known what the best option for me was since they have years of experience in sending students abroad. I always had the idea of studying in Germany in the back of my mind, so this looked like a great opportunity to make it come true.

Since the place and the university were unfamiliar to me, I searched to find out more about the university and the program, and then I checked the League of Students website to see if we have a Student Ambassador from the same university that might give me some insights about living and studying in Münster. Because there wasn’t any, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to be the first one and help future students that wish to study at the University of Münster as well. Spending five months living and studying in Münster, I discovered how lucky am I to be part of such an institution and I sincerely recommend it to the all students who wish to continue their education in Germany. Here are the reasons why:

Quality of education

When I was searching, I found out that the University of Münster is considered to be one of the largest and the best universities in Germany. It’s AACSB accredited which further proved its quality and the strive for continuous improvement. In addition, while studying there I met a lot of German students who moved to Münster from other cities because of its value and reputation. I realized that studying at the University of Münster is a true investment in my education and professional development. I’ve hit the jackpot!

Tuition free

The University of Münster doesn’t charge a tuition because it deems that finances should not be an obstacle to getting a quality education. But, what they do charge is the semester fee, which includes a semester ticket that allows students to travel for free within the whole North-Rheine Westphalia region. This is a great chance for students to explore Germany and get familiar with the country’s culture while staying on budget.

Courses offered in English

The first thing I had to do after I got nominated to do my exchange at the University of Münster was to decide which courses I was going to take. The list was long, more than 50 courses offered in English in different fields. However, even though I choose the courses in advance, the University gives students the opportunity to attend all courses they are interested in during the first two weeks of the semester and later decide which ones they would want to keep. So, I replaced some of the courses that I initially intended to take with others with no problem whatsoever.

Flexible schedule

Although I was lucky enough not to have classes early in the morning, attending lectures is not mandatory. However, going to classes is highly recommended. The professors love to share their knowledge but at the same time want to hear the opinion of the students as well. Classes are interactive, discussions and sharing ideas are common and having your opinion challenged it’s almost guaranteed.

Team work

Studying at the University of Münster really prepares you for what you will inevitable face once you start working – team work. Almost every course requires groups to be formed and to deliver some assignment together. This is a great opportunity to learn how to function well within a team, to be patient and to find compromises when different opinions arise.

The city

Münster has around 300.000 inhabitants of which around 40.000 are students. You will see a lot of young and international students walking around the streets. It’s also famous for being the bike capital of Germany and almost everyone has a bike or two. People are nice and friendly, ready to help with whatever you need. The surrounding is lively, especially by the lake Aasee where people either go sailing or have a picnic at the nearby park or the Prinzipal markt where the historical part of the city is located.  Wherever you go, I am sure you will love it.

From my personal experience, things don’t always turn out the way we plan, sometimes they turn out much better than we could have ever imagined. By spending my Erasmus exchange in Münster, I was able to acquire a lot of knowledge, friends and memories that will last forever. The most important thing to remember is to keep your options open and try to make the most out of your choice.