Rafael Cavalcanti Lembi, 24, exchange student in German language course B1 as part of FUBiS in January 2015
At which university do you study and what?
I am studying the Bachelor of Biological Sciences at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP).
How did you come up with the idea of studying in Germany and why did you choose the Freie Universität Berlin?
The idea of studying in Germany began with my interest in the German language. I decided to take the German course at FUBiS at the Freie Universität Berlin because of the scholarships offered by this program.
Who or what helped you with your preparations for your stay at the Freie Universität Berlin? Which tips were helpful?
The FUBiS staff themselves, through the numerous tips, recommendations and instructions they sent me before my trip to Germany.
What problems or difficulties did you face and how did you solve them?
My main problem was to get from A to B in Berlin. It took me a while to understand how the public transportion system works, trams, subways and buses. When I finally understood the map of the subway lines, I always carried it with me, which made my life a lot easier.
Is there a specific aspect of the Freie Universität Berlin that you particularly liked?
The infrastructure of the place where the course took place and the pleasant FUBiS staff and teachers.
What do you like most about life in Germany?
The fact that big cities like Berlin offer a lot of quality of life. Although it is the capital, the city has many green spaces. And even if you have to travel long distances to get somewhere, there is an urban infrastructure to go anywhere. I am also a fan of the Döner Kebab.
What advice would you give to Brazilians who are interested in studying in Germany?
Learn German! It pays off and opens up a world of possibilities.
What is your favorite word in German?
Gleichgültigkeit! / indifference