Zhiran from China in summer term 2016


Write an e-mailZhiran Kang

90 days exchange programme

From: China, Shanghai, Shanghai University of Chinese Traditional Medicine

Studied: Social scientists' view of Germany

 

Absolutely good! If you want to go somewhere free but academic to study, I recommendate you JGU! In this Campus you can get here at 10 a.m. then stay at library until you feel you want to fill your stomach with something. I suggest you go to the Mense and the Cafeteria downstairs the library is also ok. The cuisine is universally tasty even I enjoy it, by the way i am an asian.

 

Things I liked
The coffee in the library. 0.8 Euro for a normal size, 1.5 for XL.
Free Environment.
 
Cup of coffee
 
Things that surprised me Things I didn't like
Germans can speak English!

 

The sun. Too radioactive and hot.
Can't play Basketball.

 

 Things an exchange student should definitely do during his/her stay in Mainz
Great apps to check current travel possibilities:
 
DB Navigator App

RMV App

Communicate with your classmate.
Go travel in Mainz.
Learn cooking!

What I whish I would have known:
Check the timetable of bus 1 hour before you want to set off, anywhere, any time.
It taught me a great lesson and took me 150 EURO...... *MISS THE LAST BUS IN OUTLET AT WERTHEIM!!!! MISERY....*

Taneli from Finland in summer term 2016


Write an e-mailTaneli Aalto

Erasmus+ exchange student

From: Finland, Vaasa, University of Vaasa

Studied: Economics

 

Mainz is a really nice city. If you have a good level in German it is a great place to study but there's not much English courses available. City's student life is excellent as well as its location.

 

Things I liked Things I didn't like
the city
location
weather
FSV Mainz 05
 
University didn't have much English courses.
Internet is a rare resource in Germany.
You have to pay always with cash.
 
Things that surprised me  Things an exchange student should definitely do during his/her stay in Mainz
University didn't have much English courses.
Internet is a rare resource in Germany.
You have to pay always with cash.
Watch football.
Travel because the Rhein area is beautiful.

What I whish I would have known:
Learn some German.
Binger Schlag is the best place to live in Mainz.

 

A match of FSV Mainz 05 in the Coface-Arena

A match of FSV Mainz 05 in the Coface-Arena by Marcoreitz78 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

 

Cheng from China in summer term 2016


Write an e-mailCheng Li

Exchange of the Institute of Sports Science and language course

From: China, Shanghai, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Studied: Social scientists' view of Germany

 

Living in Mainz is a very funny and interesting thing. The view is very beautiful and next to a river. But I don't think it would be suitable for a Chinese student to study here and being a exchange student, because the essay is too much!

 

Ship in front of Mainz

Ship in front of Mainz by Oliver Abels [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Things I liked Things I didn't like
The bus is punctual.
The view is beautiful.
 
The food is not very good, always salty.
You have to spend a lot of time to search for the Information you need to write a essay.
 
Things that surprised me  Things an exchange student should definitely do during his/her stay in Mainz
The sun is so hot and shinny.
It may be dark until 11 pm!
Enjoy a pig ankle in a restaurant!
 
What I whish I would have known:
Check the bus time asap.
Bring more suncream here.

 

Soraya from USA in winter and summer term 2015/2016


Write an e-mailSoraya Ebrahimi-Nuyken

DAAD exchange student from: USA, Chico, California State Uiversity

Studied: Sociology, German, Psychology

 

"There are an incredible amount of activities to get involved in, you don't even have time to miss home. People are friendly and helpful. And there are plenty of opportunities to do extra travelling."

 

Burg Katz und Loreleyfelsen, von Dreiburgenblick bei Patersberg

Mittelrhein Burg Katz und Loreleyfelsen, von Dreiburgenblick bei Patersberg (von Alexander Hoernigk, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia)

 

Tipps:

Use your semesterticket to travel!

Get involved with Erasmus team - best way to meet people.

Stay busy.

 

Things I liked Things I didn't like
good public transportation

plenty of opportunities for exchange students / students in general

busy, but not too busy

proximity to other sightseeing cities & Frankfurt

 

José from Spain in winter and summer term 2015/2016


Write an e-mailJosé Cano Núñez

Erasmus+ exchange student from: Spain, Valencia, Universidad de Valencia

Studied: Politikwissenschaft

 

"I like Mainz as a city really much. In my opinion, it has the best size for a city. Also it is near a river.

I love the seminars I took (Analyse und Vergleich politischer Systeme + Europa in der Krise - Krise der Demokratie?). I really think I learned a lot. The lecturers are really nice and helpful.

Though, I think it's important to know you'll have to work [more] than other Erasmus [students]. Mainz is good for politics, but I woud not say Mainz is an easy destination. Though, don't worry very much, lecturers and coordinators are very friendly.

Very rewarding, I like the German university."

 

Sunset at the river Rhine in Mainz (CCo Public domain | Pixabay

Sunset at the river Rhine in Mainz (CC0 Public Domain | Pixabay)

 

Area of the Semesterticket

Area of the Semesterticket

Tipps:

Seminars, BA and MS seminars, are way more interesting than lectures. Though you have to take part actively.

Visit the near cities (Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Heidelberg, etc.)!

 

 
Things I liked
 
Things I didn't like
size of the city

student environment, nice people everywhere + international

well connected to other cities

big university, nice campus

river
 

living in Hechtsheim

 

Alina from Italy in winter and summer term 2015/2016


Write an e-mailAlina Gugnali

Erasmus+ exchange student from: Italy, University of Milano

Studied: Publizistik

 

"Exchange students will find in Mainz an international and friendly campus, many activities such as the sport club, and during the afternoon many parties. Cinema with english subtitles, free theatre. You can choose between cultural or social events, both fun and interesting. The erasmus students will never feel alone."

 

JGU Campus

Campus (by Esther Brendel | JGU)

 

Tipps:

I didn't encounter any kind of problem, because the people of the campus are all friendly and open.

 

Things I liked Things I didn't like
international

professional professors

river

expensive bus line for people without student ticket

Sanna from Finland in winter and summer term 2015/2016


Write an e-mailSanna Oksanen

Erasmus+ exchange student from: Finland, Turku, University of Turku

Studied: History, took part in "The Social Scientist’s View of Germany"

 

"Mainz is a perfect university and town for an exchange since it's not too big and you get to knnow it quite well, even in one semester. Also the location of the city is perfect to travel all over Germany."

 

"Blua hour" at the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke

"Blue hour" at the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke by Arcalino | Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

City of Mainz

City of Mainz (by Thomas Max Müller | pixelio.de)

Tipps:

A new exchange student should participate in many different tours and day trips they offer by Erasmus organizers or Tom buddies.

Ask a lot of questions, since the coordinators or teachers may not tell you everything you need to know, for example what to do for the course for the credits you need. If possible go to speak during the "Sprechstunde", easier than trying to get answers by e-mails

 

Things I liked Things I didn't like
The landscape with the river

How you can walk everywhere by feet

The university and the campus area

Desirée from Italy in winter term 2015/2016


Write an e-mailDesirée

From: Italy, Venice, Università Ca'Foscari

Studied: Foreign languages, Politics

 

"Mainz is a really beautiful city where students can live and study.
I recommend this experience to all students and I would like to come back to Mainz in the future. Maybe to do a master course or to find work and gain new experiences."

 

Window of the Church St. Stephan in Mainz, designed by Marc Chagall

Window of the Church St. Stephan in Mainz, designed by Marc Chagall (by Polybert49 | flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

 

 

 

Tipps: Sightseeing

 

Spundekäs and Brezel

Spundekäs and Brezel (by ZeWrestler | Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

 

Things I liked Things I didn't like
athmosphere

things to see and to do

university, people, transports, food (Brezel)

shuttle service from/to Frankfurt Hahn airport

Mehtap Tugba from Turkey in winter term 2015/2016


Write an e-mailMehtap Tugba Kaynak

From: Turkey, Ankara, Middle East Technical University

Studied: Political Science

 

"It depends on the departments in the university. However, if I talk about my department, I definitely advise studying at JGU as an exchange student. Because you learn different things compared to studying at your home university. You contribute yourself more things. Apart from it, being an exchange student at JGU is funny. There are many activities for exchange students."

 

Tram in Mainz

Tram in Mainz (by Michael Day | flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tipps:

Course structures are different. In our university, we take courses for three hours, but in Mainz, they are one and half hour and more efficient. Also, all instructors use technical materials in every lesson. There is not a system based on only exams, but students contribute much more with term paper and presentation.

Participate in Erasmus Team and TOM activities and trips!

Spend time in university efficiently

 

Things I liked Things I didn't like
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz --> University Campus & Departments

Transportation system

It is a big city, but it is not crowded and there is no urban problems like traffic, pollution --> calm city

The weather

Yanyra from Spain in winter term 2015/2016


Write an e-mailYanyra Bonilla

From: Spain, Granada, University of Granada

Studied: China in World Politics, Toleration, "The Social Scientist’s View of Germany"

 

"Mainz is a very nice city with many amenities. Furthermore the Uni is very reputable and the courses were very interesting. I would repeat my experience at the JGU."

 

Johannisfest

Johannisfest (by Michael Ottersbach | pixelio.de

Things I liked Things I didn't like
Mainz has a wide cultural offer

Good connections with other cities (Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, among others)

Many leisure events

Good nightlife

The JGU is a reputable University

Many international students

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