Syri Lenssen, 20, The Netherlands
"For international students there are many different classes dealing with Germany and Berlin. It’s nice to have an opportunity to learn more about Germany while you are living in Berlin."
Nov 28, 2012
How long have you been at Freie Universität?
I have been here since February. First I took a German language course, and then I enrolled in regular classes starting in April.
Did you come through direct exchange or another program?
I came here through the Erasmus exchange program.
Which semester are you in?
I am in the 6th semester of my bachelor's degree program.
What are you studying?
I am enrolled in communication science and art history.
Where are you from, and where do you study at home?
I am from the Netherlands and I attend Radboud University Nijmegen.
Why did you choose Freie Universität?
My university at home is an Erasmus partner of Freie Universität, and I really wanted to go to Berlin.
What do you especially like about Freie Universität?
For international students there are many different classes dealing with Germany and Berlin. It’s nice to have an opportunity to learn more about Germany while you are living in Berlin.
What do you like less?
The bureaucracy: all the offices, forms, etc. And the university’s location is not ideal. Many students have quite a long commute to Dahlem every morning.
Do you have any suggestions for someone new at Freie Universität?
The Language Center offers German classes, and there is no charge for them. If you have questions about university procedures, it is helpful to send an e-mail to the Info-Service of the Academic Advisory Service. They always respond quickly to e-mail queries.
Any suggestions for living in Berlin?
Try to do as much as you can. Berlin is a big city and has a lot to offer. Don’t forget the museums! There are lots of different kinds of museums, and it’s worth your time to discover some of them. And, if you want the best view overlooking the city, skip the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) and go to Teufelsberg!
November 28, 2012