Liu Yiming (National University of Singapore):
Hi everyone, I'm Michael and I'm a Mechanical Engineering and Design student from National University of Singapore. I decided to join TU Darmstadt Summer Programme because it offers both Engineering and German Language Courses, and it is the first time international on-site sessions being available ever since Covid outbreak. The Mechatronics Engineering class was very interesting and useful. I actually utilised some of the knowledges I gained in TUDa even after I came back to NUS. As for the Intensive German Course, as the name suggests, the workload will be intense, but you will be surprised by how much progress you can make. The instructors are very friendly and helpful, and you can make huge improvements under the learning environment of TUDa. Besides academic contents, during our time in Germany, we also had a chance to travel to various cities. We have visited classical attraction sites, such as the old city of Heidelberg and Munich, as well as engineering and technology-focused places, such as the European Space Agency and the Mercedes Factory. travelling around Germany allowed me to expose to the unique culture and innovative environment. It was indeed a memorable experience. I do recommend joining this session if you are interested in Engineering. Kommen Sie bitte nach Darmstadt, denn wir sind Ingenieure!
Jia Ming Huang (University of Toronto):
My name is Jia Ming (Carter) Huang, and I am a computer engineering major at the University of Toronto in Canada, with minors in artificial intelligence and engineering business. I participated in the International Summer University programme at TU Darmstadt in the summer of 2022. This was my first time in Continental Europe, and I was impressed with the ease of integration into the local culture as a result of the incredible orientation from the ISU team. The in-person delivery of this program was also a refreshing shift from the virtual classroom environments normalized by the pandemic. I enrolled in the electrical engineering and German language track, which immersed us into German language and culture, and showcased TU Darmstadt's own research developments. The programme had a healthy mix of intensive and interactive course instruction, and group activities. We were offered both the structure of a closed-exchange – in a positively German way – and the freedom to explore Germany on our own – greatly aided by the 9-Euro ticket initiative – which allowed us to tailor our experience to within our comfort zones and left open the doors to new experiences should the itch arise. Nevertheless, whether it'd be the company visits, excursions to other German cities, or traveling across the country to watch a concert, there was always a challenge ready to be tackled, an experience grasping you by the reins, and simply put, good company. For me, the experience opened up the way I perceived the world, sensitized my reception to foreign cultures, and unlocked the confidence and drive to reach out again and experience the world far from my own. I have made concrete steps to amplify my experience in Germany, first by attending a German language course at my home university, and later by applying to job opportunities in German-speaking countries. The German diaspora had brought the experiences from Germany to Canada long before this exchange. Whether it'd be Oktoberfest in Canada's Wonderland, German Mennonite settlements in the prairies, Bavarian restaurants in the cities, or the now-not-so-exotic BMW, Audis, and Mercedes roaming the streets, I have never felt more at home seeing these German influences around my home country. This trip, this summer, this program, has ignited a special spark in my personal growth, and if I could, I would attend the ISU once a month, if not just to see the amazing mentors that pushed this experience from excellent to the best, or in my proudest German anecdote – a solid 1,0 GPA.