Saleem Alhashedi, 27, Yemen
“I think the general atmosphere at the university is incredibly good due to the large number of international students here. I find it fascinating to hear so many different languages spoken on campus.”
How long have you been at Freie Universität?
I have been at Freie Universität for eight months.
Did you come through direct exchange or a program?
I came through the Erasmus Mundus exchange program.
What are you studying?
I am in my eighth semester. My major is English, and my minor is computer science. I would like to write my bachelor thesis at Freie Universität and get my degree here.
Where are you from, and where do you study at home?
I am from Yemen and live in the capital, Sanaa. I study English at Sanaa University
Why did you choose Freie Universität?
Through the Erasmus Program I was able to choose from among universities in Germany and Turkey. I asked several of my professors for their advice, and they told me that Freie Universität Berlin would be a good choice.
What did you especially like about Freie Universität?
I think the general atmosphere at the university is incredibly good due to the large number of international students here. I find it fascinating to hear so many different languages spoken on campus.
What did you like less?
I have just a general comment: The 10 months permitted through the Erasmus Program are not enough time to learn German properly. I would prefer to have more time in order to practice the German I learned and to polish my German language skills.
Do you have any suggestions for someone new at Freie Universität?
Try to make new friends fast!
Any suggestions for living in Berlin?
Don’t stay at home! Berlin is a big and exciting city, and there is something new to discover every week. But there is also a lot to explore outside Berlin. The Happy Weekend Ticket of the Deutsche Bahn is a good and inexpensive opportunity to learn about other cities in Germany.
May 20, 2011