Tag Archives: university

East Germany and West Germany, seen from the outside

In the old days, before Erasmus, academic exchanges were still complicated: visa, health insurance, exchanging money. And then there was no internet, so you couldn’t start looking for accommodation before the move. The first week was usually spent at a hotel, … Continue reading

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German Migration to the USA

Debates on migration often center on whether it is a good or a bad thing. I rather view migration as something completely normal. Migration has been a permanent component of human history. Over centuries, Germany, or rather the territories that … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 16/30

With not many people around, this is actually the perfect place to study. Only the cat sometimes doesn’t approve of it.

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How to get excess baggage on the plane – for free!

Did you know that most airlines have an exception for the baggage weight limit? If you are a student and the excess weight is due to study-related books, they let you pass. It works every time. But of course you … Continue reading

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For writers, it must be saddening to see how ill-informed some people buy books. There seems to be a little bit of corruption in Montenegro. When I returned to university to study history at age 42, some were wondering what … Continue reading

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Studying history at University of Hagen

Hier geht es zur deutschen Originalfassung dieses Artikels. Good news: I am a student again! Because I am constantly reading, thinking and writing, I thought that I might as well study once again. After all, I always enjoyed university more … Continue reading

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Is university worth it?

The Freakonomics podcast “Is college worth it?” was sadly centered on the economic returns of studying and on US colleges, but one student of economics and philosophy had this universally applicable answer: If a bunch of people from the community sat in … Continue reading

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Don’t blame me for looking at your ( . )( . ) when you wear sunglasses and I can’t look at your eyes. In Venezuela, the richest country in South America between the 1950s and the 1980s, and still the … Continue reading

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Is there a discount if I get MA and PhD at the same time?

You can tell that something is wrong with higher education when university degrees are advertised at “999 €” prices like bicycles or package holidays. (European University in Skopje, Macedonia.)

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Renting in Frankfurt, Germany

The people at the Students Office at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany are at least honest about the difficulties the incoming students will face with finding affordable accommodation: “It’s a tight rental market in Frankfurt. It is not easy to find … Continue reading

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