Go Europe! The experiences that students and interns of TUM have had abroad show how significant the EU really is in European everyday life. The International Center promotes student exchange via Erasmus+ among other things to strengthen the sense of togetherness and community among European citizens. To witness European values such as freedom, tolerance and democracy abroad makes us realize that these goals are achievable.
By staying abroad with Erasmus+ you can get to know the diversity of Europe first hand. You can find out about shared heritage with our European neighbors and at the same time discover exciting new cultural ground. Besides broadening your horizons in your field of study, stays abroad also offer the best way to improve your language skills. Students of TUM share their Erasmus+ experiences and whet your appetite to go abroad yourself.
Larissa Böhrkircher did an internship in Rotterdam, Netherlands with Erasmus from October 2017 to the end of March 2018. The stay abroad has distinctly deepened her sense of feeling like a European.
“After my stay abroad I definitely feel more like a European citizen than ever before. All those people I met from different cultures make the felt boundaries become less distinct and it feels like Europe is growing together a bit more and becoming more approachable for me personally. Suddenly, Finland and Poland are not that far away anymore, and I’m for sure going to visit my Erasmus friends in their home countries as soon as possible.
And I can’t forget, of course, also the Netherlands, which grew from a vacation spot to a country where I could imagine working and living. The European Union has had an effect on my professional environment insofar that we dealt with a great many projects not just within the Netherlands, but also in other EU countries, among them Germany, Belgium, Poland, and Spain. Therefore, we didn’t just learn a lot specific to our field, but by dealing with all those regions we also gained great insights on the different cultures.”
Read your fellow students reports about their experiences with Erasmus and get inspired to go abroad yourself!
You want to do an internship abroad? That is also possible with Erasmus! Find out about your classmates' experiences.
The Technical University of Munich stands for open-mindedness and international academic exchange. Find out about the potentials for your study stay provided by each department of TUM. Besides excellent education, TUM offers an orientation and support program for visiting students via the International Center: TUMi helps you to find your way in Munich and at TUM. With international events such as the language café and joint excursions you get to know not only Munich and Germany better, but also the cultures of other European students.
Maria Genova came to Munich as a visiting student for the Bachelor’s program in Management and Technology (TUM-BWL). The Bulgarian native feels very much at home in the Bavarian capital and advises taking the chance for a stay abroad.
“The possibilities given to me by the EU never cease to amaze me. As a European, I have the great opportunity to study in Germany in one of the world’s top universities – allowing me to make friends with people from all parts of Europe.”
The orientation and support program for international students of TUM regularly organizes excursions to Brussels or Strasbourg. During those multi-day field trips you have the opportunity to experience hands-on insights into the work of major EU institutions like the Council of Europe. The dates for upcoming excursions are usually published in the TUMi calendar at the beginning of the semester.
For information about the EU, the website of the European Union and the online platform of the Federal Agency for Civic Education – in German: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (BPB) – are two of the most important places to go.
Erasmus+ is the program for education, youth and sports of the European Union. For further information, please visit the website of the European Commission.
Click and learn: Europe in a Nutshell explains history and function of the EU in a simple and vivid way.
The Massive Open Online Course Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You taught by Professor Alberto Alemanno explains how Europe ticks and which unexpected chances it may offer.
Learning playfully: The European Union and the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Germany created different quizzes about the EU. Happy guessing!