After welcoming, before Christmas – It is that time of the year again!

Mastering the best job ever. Photo: Alara Yaman

The academic calendar in Germany is quite different from the ones in other countries and for the international students it takes time to get used to it. Certainly, the steps that must be taken in these weeks vary between students. For instance, some international students are waiting their renewed residence permits excitedly; some of them still needs to deal with some paper works for Foreigners Authority and some already got theirs. But actually this time of the year almost all of the students have something in common: Having a full schedule with meetings for the group projects and library dates with many articles and books while counting down to the Christmas Break! I call it as “in-between” time; it is after the Welcome Week and the first smooth two weeks of lecture and before the sweet rush of Christmas Holiday.

In addition, the start of the registration period for the exams whispers that exams are also on their way, which awakens me from my autumn coziness and makes me a little bit more stressed. Luckily, Nuremberg is the city that is famous for its amazingly beautiful Christmas Market and one of the best cities to experience the Christmas spirit. This is a kind of motivation for me to get to work more to deserve to enjoy a cup of “Glühwein” soon with my friends and my visitors who prefer to come to Nuremberg especially in December even though they are aware of the fact that it will be freezing cold.


Das Tandem-Projekt der FAU


Beim gemeinsamen Kochen (Foto: FAU Integra)

Beim gemeinsamen Kochen (Foto: FAU-Integra)

„Integration durch Bildung wird [..] in den nächsten Jahren zum Schwerpunkt von Politik werden müssen“ sagte Bundesbildungsministerin Johanna Wanka schon im Jahr 2015. Mittlerweile gibt es an fast jeder Hochschule Deutschlands ein Integra-Programm, das über den DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung finanziert wird. Es umfasst verschiedene Maßnahmenpakete, die Menschen mit Fluchthintergrund den Weg ins Studium erleichtern soll.

Auch an der FAU kann die Integra-Abteilung einen Raum für internationale Begegnungen schaffen und im Bereich der Integration von Geflüchteten unterstützend wirken. Im Folgenden soll das von FAU-Integra ins Leben gerufene „Tandem-Projekt“ vorgestellt werden. Dafür habe ich Mitorganisator Maher Allamaa interviewt: Weiterlesen

My first year in Germany

Nuremberg is not as crazy as Hanoi or New York – but a perfect place to calm down. Photo: Anh Tran

It’s been almost one year since I came to Germany to do my master program. By now I can get around the city central without having to look at Google map. One year may not be enough time to explore every place in Nürnberg, but I can get the hang of it. I have established some daily routine, where to buy grocery, my favorite route to the Uni and to my student job. Sometimes, I venture on a new way back home and then congratulate myself for being so adventurous.

A lot people asked me: Why did I decide to come to Nürnberg? And I always give the same answer. I got accepted into FAU and it seems like a nice city, very peaceful. Nürnberg may not be as glamorous as New York, or as chaotic and crowded as my home city, Hanoi. It is peaceful in a sense that I can take my time walking around without being pushed by people. I see greens in the parks and on my way to Uni. I can let my mind wander without being bombarded by ads and flashing billboards.


Music City Nuremberg

The Main Stage of the Bardentreffen. Foto: Anh Tran

There is one event in the last weekend of July that you should definitely clear your calendar for. It’s called Bardentreffen. Some say it’s the best event of the year and this is not at all an exaggeration.Bardentreffen is an annual open-air music festival. This year marks the 43rd celebration of the tradition. The city was filled with music. There were concert stages in Hauptmarkt, Mensa der schultz, Lorenz Kircher …etc.

But one can also find small performances in the alleys, or at some random corner of the streets. You can check the agenda and list of artists on the event website.

For me, I prefer walking around and letting chance determines which performance to watch. This is because some of the most amazing performances on the street are not listed on the website.

Nürnberg is said to be pretty diverse. If one simply walks around the city, one would not reach that conclusion since the population is predominantly white. However, during Bardentreffen, many people of different backgrounds coming together to enjoy the event. Artists came from all over the world, playing various instruments to create beautiful music. “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere”, and yes, this is a “Ratatouille” reference.