Erasmus Mundus: Germany

From September 2016 through September 2018, I will be studying in the Language and Communication Technology master (computational linguistics) through Erasmus Mundus. The first year I will be at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany, and the second year I will be in the University of Trento, Italy. I hope to post somewhat regularly about my experience, and have begun blogging about it.

I’ve decided to collect my posts on this in two series, the “How it went” series and the “How it felt” series. The tables of contents for my time in Germany are below. I hope you enjoy one or both of them!

To see how my second year is going in Italy, take a look at the Erasmus Mundus: Italy contents.

How it went

Here you will find the nitty-gritty details of my trials through the move, setting up, studying, and so on. If you intend to do this in the future, perhaps this section will be useful to you.

  1. The Decision
  2. The Application
  3. Packing List
  4. Week 1 (Arrival)
  5. Week 2 (Saarschleife)
  6. Week 3 (Strasbourg)
  7. Week 4 (New room)
  8. Weeks 5-6 (France)
  9. Signing up for Classes
  10. Week 7 (New kitchen)
  11. Week 8 (Fulfilling course requirements)
  12. Weeks 9-10 (Foundations course)
  13. Weeks 11-12 (Heidelberg)
  14. Weeks 13-14 (New laptop)
  15. Weeks 15-16 (Christmas markets)
  16. Weeks 17-18 (Winter holiday)
  17. Weeks 19-20 (New year)
  18. Weeks 21-22
  19. Weeks 23-24 (Work stress)
  20. Weeks 25-26
  21. Karneval Shenanigans
  22. Weeks 27-28 (Travel North)
  23. Week 29 (Switzerland)
  24. Weeks 30-31 (Final projects)
  25. Weeks 32-33 (Vacation and Theft)
  26. Weeks 34-35 (Saarschleife bunker)
  27. Weeks 36-38 (New Semester)
  28. Weeks 39-41 (Malta)
  29. Weeks 42-43 (Road Trip)
  30. Weeks 44-46 (Finals)
  31. Year 1 Retrospective (Week 47)
  32. Summer Travels (Weeks 48-51)

Officialization

A mini-series specifically dedicated to bureaucracy! (More links to come)

  1. Officialization 1: WTF comes next?
  2. Officialization 2: Accomodations
  3. Officialization 3: Health Insurance
  4. Officialization 4: Matriculation
  5. Officialization 5: Registration
  6. Officialization 6: Bank Account
  7. Officialization 7: Student Visa
  8. Officialization 8: Going to the Doctors
  9. Officialization 9: Getting a HiWi Job

How it felt

Here you will find more flowery descriptions of my personal feelings throughout this process. If you know and/or like me as a person, perhaps this section will be interesting for you.

  1. Portland 400 (prelude)
  2. Children
  3. Expanse
  4. The Shrink
  5. Order
  6. Bewilderment
  7. Satiated
  8. Foreign
  9. Bones
  10. Hate
  11. The Screen
  12. Walls and Birds
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