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From the Welcome program to Charité

Foroozan Ebrahimi about the long road to her course of choice.

Mar 24, 2021

Foroozan Ebrahimi

Foroozan Ebrahimi
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In our International Portrait series, we introduce you to people who share their stories with us and reveal diverse perspectives on research, studying abroad and everyday university life.

This week we meet Foroozan Ebrahimi, who made it from the FU's Welcome Program to the Charité and reports on her personal impressions.

My name is Foroozan Ebrahimi, I’m from Iran. In 2016, I came to Germany and decided to fulfil my dream of studying dental medicine. In the beginning, I didn’t know how – the biggest challenge was the German language. Besides regularly attending a German class, I had to collect information about studying in Germany as an international student and what conditions there are for applying.

Thankfully, there were many helpful university websites. Two students from Humboldt university recommended the Studienkolleg of Freie Universität. If I graduated there, I would have the necessary certificate to study medicine. Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for applications, so I had to switch to the Welcome program. In the end, it wasn’t a huge difference because the professors and the material we learnt was almost the same.

I took two semesters of German and even though I lived in Brandenburg and had a daily four-hour commute, I made sure to make use of every single day. Getting very good grades in the final exam (FSP) made my dream become a little bit more of a reality. I sent off more than ten applications both via uni-assist and directly to universities to improve my chances of getting a place.  

After two weeks, I received my first acceptance letter from the university of Regensburg. It was one of the best moments in my life. I was reminded of all the people who said I wouldn’t be able to make it that far. After the first acceptance I got five more and finally decided to attend Charité. I can still remember the first moments in Berlin, when I drove past Campus Mitte of Charité and told myself: “One day you’ll be studying here!” That was my dream, and with a lot of hard work I made it happen.

I’m now studying dental medicine in my fourth semester and I’m very happy with my decision. I’m looking forward to my future as a dentist and to helping others with my knowledge.

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