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International Students touchdown in Flensburg

This week marked the arrival of the international students to the EUF (Europa-Universität Flensburg) for the upcoming spring semester. This year there was a diverse group of students as they have arrived from all 4 corners of the planet from Argentina to Austria and Palestine to Portugal.

It all began on Sunday the 3rd of March as the new international students got to meet each other for the first time through the form of a Breakfast buffet, which was held in Café Extrablatt and organised by LEI (Local Erasmus Initiative). Everyone enjoyed the breakfast as the café had a wide variety of food to choose from so that it could cater to everyone. 

I am also an exchange student from Ireland but have been working in the EUCS department for the last 9 weeks. So it was really nice to meet the exchange students and learn about their different cultures. After our lovely breakfast, the student assistants Akbar and Kerri gave us a guided tour of Flensburg where we got to see sights such as the Nordertor and the harbour. While we were at the harbour we saw many people queuing up for a fish sandwich. Our guides told us that this fish sandwich is very popular among the locals as it’s the last fish place before the border to Denmark. The tour ended with a visit to Südermarkt where our guides showed us the many shops and restaurants in Flensburg.

On Tuesday the 5thof March the International Office of the university organised another breakfast for the International Students, which was held in the Helsinki building. The students got to try the local cuisine of Flensburg such as their smoked fish, Breads, Spreads etc. I have to say the breakfast went down a treat among the international students. After breakfast the international Office gave us a presentation of the upcoming activities that will be taking place during our time here in Flensburg.

The next day the students got off to an early rise, as they had to register for their classes for the upcoming semester. Lucila the Co-ordinator for the international Office was delighted because it only took 4 hours to register all the students for their classes, which is apparently the fastest time ever to register all the students. The very same day we also had our first class of the semester in German Academic Culture where we got to meet our lecturer Scott Simpson. Scott told us that he is an American citizen who has travelled the world. Scott then began to share some of his experiences with us, which we found fascinating. Overall this week has been a lovely experience and hopefully there is many more to come.


Daniel Kilbridge

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