Erasmus Experience in Potsdam, Germany by Marta

Published by Marta Bonetti — 8 days ago

2 Tags: Erasmus experiences Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Why did you choose to go to Potsdam, Germany?

I wanted to learn German and to be in touch with the German culture.

How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

5/6 months; I receive 600Euro/month

What is the student lifestyle like in Potsdam?

Spending the day in the uni (there's a mensa in every campus) for classes or in the library and in the evening is not difficult at all to find someone to go out with

Would you recommend the city and the University of Potsdam to other students?

Yes of course!

What is the food like?

I'm from Italy and my standards are quite high, but the food is not very good here

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Potsdam?


How much does it cost to live in Potsdam?

Where I live it costs 540/month; the university has dorms for something like 250/months

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?

No, German is not an easy language! The uni offers some courses of German any other languages, but is not that easy to apply for them.

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

Really a lot! The most famous is the Sansoussi castle and park

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Comments (2 comments)

  • Natalia Manzano 8 days ago

    Hey Marta!! Thanks for sharing your experience! I had some questions for you if that's okay. I was wondering if the university used to reply fast to your emails and if you know where could I find the credits of each subject. Is it obligatory to assist to class?
    Also, would you recommend getting a room in Berlin instead of in Potsdam to be closer to the city and have more things to do?
    Thank you for you time,
    Natalia Manzano

  • Marta Bonetti 8 days ago

    Hi! Yes, I only have experience of the exchange of emails to apply but I can say that the university answered me fast and they were usually quite helpfull solving my problems and questions.
    It depends on which courses you apply for but for most of them you are supposed to attend the classes. This is not only in Potsdam but how in general the German system work.
    At last, I suggest you to get a room in Potsdam: Berlin is not far and there are a lot of train per hour to go there whenever you want, during the day or the night, both during the week and the weekend, but to live in Berlin if you study in Potsdam is quite hard cause you should travel every day... I don't live in center Potsdam (but close to my campus fortunately) and it's annoying to get ready and leave home half an hour before than my friends/mates every time, but I know some guys living in Berlin for work and they are pretty unhappy about that (you could have classes at 8 or 9am). But is up to you I think!
    This is my experience :)

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