Ji Eun Oh, 22, South Korea
“I like the self-study center at the Language Center of Freie Universität. There I was able to improve my German skills in a very short time.”
How long have you been at Freie Universität?
I have been at Freie Universität since October 2010.
Did you come through direct exchange or another program?
I came to Berlin through a direct exchange between Seoul National University and Freie Universität.
What are you studying, and which semester are you in?
I study German literature and linguistics and international relations.
Where are you from, and where do / did you study at home?
I am from Seoul, South Korea, and I study there at Seoul National University.
Why did you choose Freie Universität?
I wanted to study in Germany because my major is strongly related to Germany. Actually, Seoul National University has partnerships with quite a variety of German universities, and I had to choose just one of them. I chose Freie Universität because it provides me with more opportunities than others. For example, there are a lot of interesting courses with the topic of “Berlin” just for the exchange students at Freie Universität, which allowed me to broaden my knowledge and helped me to learn about the city Berlin. Not only the special courses but also the fact that Freie Universität offers degree programs in Korean Studies was a dominant reason that I decided to come here. Thanks to the Korean Studies faculty, it was pretty easy for me to find a language partner or to get along with German students. Finally, Freie Universität was the only university in Berlin which provides international relations courses as a part of political science.
What do you especially like about Freie Universität?
I like the self-study center at the Language Center of Freie Universität. There I was able to improve my German skills in a very short time. Also, the professors were always ready to help the international students (including me) and always supportive to us.
What do you like less?
Even though Freie Universität already has a great Tandem Program (Language Exchange Program) and I took a huge advantage of it, it would be nice if Freie Universität had also introduced a buddy system (one student from Freie Universität shows an international student around the university, is available to answer all sorts of questions that might come up, and take care of his/her partner buddy).
Do you have any suggestions for someone new at Freie Universität?
When you are new, it is really hard not to get lost in the main humanities and social sciences building. It is a good idea to take a close look at the corridor system in that building complex, the first time you arrive there.
Furthermore, I would definitely recommend participating in one of the sports courses offered by the university’s Center for Recreational Sports (Hochschulsport).
Any suggestions for living in Berlin?
The ClassicCard for anyone under 30. The ClassicCard costs 15 euros per year and allows you to buy tickets at reduced prices an hour before the performances begin. With the ClassicCard concert tickets are only 8 euros, and opera and ballet tickets are 10 euros.
May 7, 2011