ASSESSORIA DE RELAÇÕES INTERNACIONAIS – Interview with Sven Maihöfer, international student

ASSESSORIA DE RELAÇÕES INTERNACIONAIS – Interview with Sven Maihöfer, international student

September 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


my name is Samantha I am from Germany I’m years old and I did exchange here here in Brazil for one year to a pharmacy and I’m studying sales engineering and product management but this kind of combination of mechanical engineering and administration and product management Brazil is an amazing country it’s one of the biggest countries in the world 200 million people are working living here so it’s a huge market Germany is very small we Germany we live from exporting products so Brazil and South America is a huge continent huge market for us and especially Sao Paulo is the place to be in South America I’m not sure if it’s still effect but more than 1000 jump companies in Sao Paulo maybe more maybe less and it was interesting for me to see this place 20 million people living in Sao Paulo in my whole state and not I was fine where I live it’s in the west of Germany we have 60 million people in the whole state so I think it was an interesting experience whoever we say is special University in Brazil it’s one of the newest universities and what we see is located in Santo Andre what is a be Caesar the most in the industrialized cities in Sao Paulo and my University in both home we have the same situation we live in the look beat the valley of war where the industrialization of Germany started so I see a lot of things in common here it’s an area for Tobiah dogís for workers and university change the image of this of this area people are open-minded you know workers they have a special mentality and I think it’s a pretty cool place industry University and this combination I I found I laughed us in Germany and my university in both home and I I think that was pretty interesting to see the same situation here that’s why I decided to get a to study at the wolf abyss a as the academic plan here is nice because I as an exchange student you can choose what you want to do yours obviously is offering a lot of different courses engineering material engineering aerospace and as an exchange student it was easy to talk to the professor’s and I was able to choose the courses I wanted to do what helped me a lot to get back to Germany and get accepted with the courses I did here it’s really helpful is the exchange student is always a hassle to organize a year I found it pretty easy here to find my cursors I have never had problems the professor’s always told me no you can you can be part of my curse do it if you want and it was nice as a what was weeny helpful here is a Brazilian culture this welcoming character I think I traveled a lot but Brazil is special yeah I arrived I will never forget my first day I entered the classroom and I got invited to to Justice Scalia’s like guerrilla restaurants here in Brazil it was amazing people accepted me as I wanted to do a project with me it was really cool maybe as a German of course everybody knows we are a little more conservative a little bit more closed I really enjoyed this mentality you will find an everywhere in Brazil but especially students at to offer we say our welcoming it was really helpful to to live a new life here and especially when you live here for a year you have to are you short for you home in a place at night I did feel home here difficult yes I would say the language is kind of difficult as an engineer I may be not telling her to speak foreign languages so I I was forced to learn Portuguese but after four or five months you will you will speak it maybe it will be still hard to write exams but it’s part of the experience it will be never easy to speak a new language and yes I have to say till the end I wasn’t sure if I really always make the exam and I will pass the exam but as I said it’s part of the experience and Portuguese we have language courses your students will help you you you most Brazilians won’t speak English so it is at the beginning maybe a little bit hard and not fair that you have to learn Portuguese but at the end it will help you because you have to speak Portuguese other difficulties the paperwork here is amazing but it’s not I think it’s a government and the police it is hard sometimes for a foreigner you have to fill out a lot of papers but it’s the same in Germany in Europe when you come there 20 hours of paperwork and then one year of enjoying yes the impact living in Brazilian was big because you get a different perspective living hours in your country you will in Germany we will hear our news about our problems coming to a new country will show you ok there are more important things going on in the world furthermore I haven’t had the feelings that I just get to know Brazil living here in South America means I met people from Bolivia I meet people from Peru Venezuela I mean students in this universities we work together we had projects together it gave me a new feeling to see the world with new eyes it was really interesting and coming back to Germany the world feels smaller you know what is getting smaller you can travel more you should travel more it is interesting studies here in Brazil at self-abuse it was cool because you have a lot of experiments a lot of liberties where you can join hands on experiments this was really helpful and actually I found my my final project because of a lab here in Brazil I came back I asked my professor Germany if I can continue working with super leaguers and he said oh that’s interesting where did you learn about this I said I hadn’t lab here in Brazil that was really cool that you can participate in this experiments and it will give you the opportunity to get to know a lot of different areas for the future in Brasilia for centers like so dodgy it’s difficult to translate it’s the feeling of missing something really strong and I hope I can come back I am I was impressed of this university I think we can collaborate more make more exchange programs between Germany and Brazil maybe a postdoc maybe continue studying here we will see us again in Brazil – to speak Portuguese fluently I would say it will take you eight nine months let’s say okay it’s a difficult question I think in Brasilia there are two kind of languages the languages on the street and the languages to study reading a book in Portuguese it’s much more difficult than speaking on the street because bazillions have attitudes they really will help you if you make mistakes I will still understand you it’s awesome for for foreigner but studying really eight months will will be enough – to write exams and get the feeling okay I will pass this exam and you don’t feel like a baby but you never stop learning a language there’s always like like potential to improve but let’s say eight months and you you feel safe – to write emails to talk to a professor will be enough some friends I know Brazilians it’s as I said it’s amazing making friends here it’s easy in Germany we don’t have the connection to universities we like our universities because we don’t feel connected to them here everybody’s wearing his office a shirt you have a lot of group activities you can make sport together it’s amazing I mean if you dance together if you play that sport together you will make friends and these friendships I think especially in university will last for a long time you have curse together later you a you go out who helped you to make friends and yes I think this friendships will last for a long time what would I change when I could change something here I would say longer I think one year is okay but if I can recommend something stay as long as you can it is easy to find friends but of course if you should just stay six months here you will miss a lot of events stay a year or two years and you you know you can actually enjoy the time you will have birthday parties you will get to you will get invited to the family’s two of your friends stay as long as you can this is what I say this is what I would change I stayed for a year I think two years one and a half year would have been much better what wouldn’t I change all stiff equations I would always come back like is this decision to go abroad it’s amazing yeah it’s go abroad try it it’s sometimes we say in German it’s like jumping in the coop pool at the beginning it is kind of awkward you don’t want to jump because you you know you will suffer the first moment but you when you jump and you go and you swim a little bit you get used to it and you will relax I think this the first step is some hardest step and then just just do it without too much thinking financial situations depend a lot on the under student I have I was lucky I got a scholarship from Germany and I I got a the opportunity to make an internship if if you come here try to get an internship I think it’s queer in a tough of a say you can study at night and at a time so if you like for some I did an internship from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. and then from 7:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. lectures so I was lucky with the scholarship and his work I earned enough money to stay longer but I already bought a flight and went back without a scholarship it could be difficult so Paul it’s not the cheapest city but I think every big city is expensive but what I can recommend live with Brazilians together in the Republic is like a flat a shared flat room I think they obviously can help you to find one ask students in your classes and when you live with them you you pay like 50 dollars 100 years between fifty dollars several hundred dollars and you can find a really cool apartment close to university and yeah then it should be possible to live here for a longer time yeah the last message come here I think it’s cool it’s a new university as a mentality is pretty like amazing people want to study here experience it and I promise you when you have been here once you will come back in the future you