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From Studienkolleg to studying bioinformatics at FU Berlin

Student Khue Nguyen reports on her experiences.

Apr 23, 2021

Khue Nguyen

Khue Nguyen
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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 Khue Nguyen, who learned German at the Studienkolleg of Freie Universität and talks about her experiences.

German was definitely my biggest difficulty in the beginning. I don't think it's just me, but also many other international students face similar problems. I wanted to study bioinformatics at FU Berlin and thought that the Studienkolleg at FU would prepare me best for my studies. You get enormous support from the lecturers, but also from the nice fellow students. The Studienkolleg was a great opportunity to improve my German. After only one year of classes, it is no problem to follow the lectures at the university.

However, it is difficult to make friends because you only meet students who also speak German as a foreign language. But the interaction with each other is generally very friendly and therefore many friendships are formed with a little more time.  

In my opinion, the transition from the Studienkolleg to the regular university should not be underestimated. There is certainly more freedom, but you also need a lot more discipline. In the first two semesters, I was overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do for each individual module. You definitely get help though; you just have to ask.

I like most of the modules I took at FU, although some are a bit dry (and not necessary for the degree program, I think). But even that was easy to cope with, sitting in the library with my friends and supporting each other. That was before Corona time, though.  Now I can't wait until we all get to study on campus again and wish everyone a great time at Studienkolleg and Freie Universität Berlin.

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