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Stefan Wesenberg Experience report
logoklein Stefan Wesenberg, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2013-31.05.2013 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about India

For me the main reason to move from Berlin to Chemnitz, was the opportunity to go to India, during the master program „Print- and Media Technology” at the Technische Universität Chemnitz. I ever was fascinated of this big cultural and colorful country and it was always my plan to go there once. To combine the fulfilment of this dream with a meaningful use, brought me to Chemnitz to do that incomparable course and to study my second semester at the Manipal Institute of Technology, at the Manipal University. So my journey began in January 2013 after finishing the first semester of our course in Chemnitz. The semesters starts earlier in India, compared to Germany, so that there is no big break between the first and the second semester, but therefor it also ends earlier and so the whole summer from June to October is off, while many students in Germany have to study for their exams.

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Frank Becker Experience report
logoklein Frank Becker, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2013-31.05.2013 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about public transport in India

When you visit India for the first time, you might be amazed about the hectic which is going on the streets. You will probably notice that you can’t hardly find any street-name-signs or anything like that. To reach your destination you have to use public transport, as long as you don't have any friends or family members who know the place and can show you around. Public transport in India offers you many ways to roam around. There is the classic city bus, the A/C- and non A/C taxi and the all well-known rickshaw, may it be powered by a motor or a man. Bigger cities also offer a local railway and even a metro. Before I can tell you something about public transport and your daily commute you should know one thing. The first rule on Indian roads is, that there seems to be no rule. If there is a space and your car or what so ever may fit in half way, the space is big enough to squeeze yourself into it. And to make this happen, always think about the second rule. Loudest horn wins. The longer you blow your horn or the louder your horn is, you'll go first.

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Alexander Gläser Experience report
logoklein Alexander Gläser, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2012-31.05.2012 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about his student life in Manipal, India

It was on the beginning ng of January as I finally packed my entire luggage lugga and be faced with one of the most crucial l decisions deci I made in life. Being a part of a so contradictory cont culture and to be confronted with a lot of o new impressions frightens and delights ts me in the same time. But nevertheless getting ting the th opportunity to study abroad and earn the t experiences how different live could be is very ve valuable to broaden the own horizons. ns. Furthermore Fu is such an experience recommendable dable for labor market too with lots of positive positiv side effect like a consolidation and improvem rovement of the English language, better intercu tercultural understanding or establishment of important rtant contacts c for later life.

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Juliane Hohmann Experience report
logoklein Juliane Hohmann, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2012-31.05.2012 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about the Indian food

When I decided to take part in the double degree program I was conscious that I will get to know a completely different culture. This will be a chance to have a new and exciting experience of life as well as double Master’s Degree in one time. Together with five fellow German students we went to India at the beginning of January and got experience in different ways. The biggest challenge for me was the food or more precisely: how to handle the food without any cutlery?

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Marcus Jakesch Experience report
logoklein Marcus Jakesch, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2012-31.05.2012 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about his colorful life in Manipal, India

I and 3 of my classmates, on the 5th of January set out for Munich airport early in the day to start a new and exciting chapter in our lives. Our new project “Study Abroad” had quite the start; as on this day the storm “Andrea” struck causing bad weather which resulted in a delay and a restless flight to London. As we arrived in London we hurried up to board our connecting flight to Mumbai which was very comfortable. On setting foot in India, while waiting 10 hours for our domestic flight to Mangalore, we couldn’t help but notice the temperature difference with Germany at -10°C and India at 30°C. At Mangalore there was someone waiting to escort us to Manipal. This ride was our first encounter with the hot, dusty environment of India along with really loud traffic with a lot of honking.

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Sarah Jobst Experience report
logoklein Sarah Jobst, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2012-31.05.2012 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about Indian peculiarities

The unforgettable trip to India started on 5th January, 2012. At this time it was winter in Germany. Our flight started about 5 o`clock in the morning in Munich/ Germany. A lot of flights were cancelled because of the stormy weather, but ours was scheduled. So Kristina, Stefan, Marcus and me went inside the aircraft. We were worried about being in the plane, because we could hear the storm outside. Even when the plane was at the terminal for boarding it swung from side to side. The take-off was very bumpy. We just saw the wings rushing past the windows. After some minutes we reached the flight level and everything was fine up to the moment we circulated above our first stop, London/ England.

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Kristina Walter Experience report
logoklein Kristina Walter, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2012-31.05.2012 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about Indian parents

While I was finishing my B.E. in Media Technology, I was looking for an appropriate master program, which can give me the possibility to deepen my professional skills. Another important aspect was to give me the possibility to do again a study abroad semester, as I already studied for one semester in Australia during my bachelor studies. Finally, I decided to start my Master in Print & Media Technology in Chemnitz. This would not just enable me to study abroad but even give me the chance to graduate with a double degree because of the close partnership between the Print & Media Institute in Chemnitz (pmTUC) and the Printing & Media Faculty at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Stefan Wobst Experience report
logoklein Stefan Wobst, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
01.01.2012-31.05.2012 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Experience report about his trips to Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls and Oyster Opera

The time in India was also very special hence there were beautiful places both in and outside of Manipal that were worth seeing. Some excursions led us to places I've seen in this form never before. Two of the places are particularly memorable, as they were absolutely spectacular on the one hand and very peaceful and tranquil on the other hand.

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Ankur Joshi Experience report
logoklein Ankur Joshi, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.10.2011-31.09.2012 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Experience report about how he perceived his student life

For me, it’s the first time I got the chance to go abroad. Whenever I thought about Germany, philosophers, technologists and most important punctuality, as told by my grandfather, crossed my mind. In my life it’s an awesome experience to be a student here. When starting, I faced lots of difficulties to communicate with people. But the friendly nature of German people made me fall in love with Germany. To be well-disciplined and punctual are the two most important characteristics I have noticed in German people. They are also very concerned with health rather than wealth while it is the opposite in India.

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Sivakumar Ganesan Experience report
logoklein Sivakumar Ganesan, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.10.2011-31.09.2012 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Experience report about the education system in Germany

If you want to study in Germany, choose Saxony – there are no tuition fees. Every semester the student has to pay a small semester contribution for transportation and student services. At Chemnitz University of Technology, Bachelor studies take 3-4 years and Master studies 2 years. There are two semesters per academic year. The winterterm starts in October and the summerterm starts in April...

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Yogendra Nagaraju Experience report
logoklein Yogendra Nagaraju, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.10.2011-31.09.2012 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Experience report about how he lived during his stay in Germany

“Hallo”, “Guten Tag” and “Guten Morgen” – these are the first words I have learnt in Germany. Usually, Germans say you these beautiful cute good words at the start of a day or when they see you. Hence, I started my exchange report with these German words.

I arrived in Frankfurt, Germany on October 10th 2011 After 10 hours of travels from India ,I was really amazed with the new world, I pinched myself to make sure it's “real”.

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Khushbeen Kasania Experience report
logoklein Khushbeen Kasania, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.10.2011-31.09.2012 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Experience report about her student life in Chemnitz, Germany

Germany is the birth place of Johannes Gutenberg, the father of modern printing. Germany carried the legacy of Johannes Gutenberg and produced various new innovations in the field of printing technology. Germany has maintained its position as world leader in the field of printing. It is home to printing giants like Heidelberg, Man Roland, KBA and many more. Since I have entered the field of printing technology, I was fascinated to pursue my higher education in Germany, and Chemnitz has proved to be the perfect destination for me. To study at TU Chemnitz: A dream came true for me.

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Manickavasagam Rajan Experience report
logoklein Manickavasagam Rajan, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.10.2011-31.09.2012 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Experience report about his trips in Germany and Europe

As many other students, studying abroad, especially in Germany, was a dream since my school days and during my Master’s in Engineering, Manipal University made my dream possible by providing students to do the double degree programme at its cooperation university in Chemnitz University, Germany. When I arrived in Frankfurt, I still couldn’t believe that it actually happened until I got into the train and walked on a road full of foreign people whom I’ve seen only in some of the Hollywood films.

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Swati Soni Experience report
logoklein Swati Soni, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.10.2011-31.09.2012 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Experience report about the education system in Germany

During my undergraduate studies, I always dreamt of pursuing my higher education in Germany. A joint collaboration of Manipal University and TU Chemnitz made my dream come true. My fellow students and I got this golden opportunity to study at such an esteemed university like TU Chemnitz. I have always wondered „why‟ and „how‟ the German education system is one of the best in the world and after completing my one year exchange, I can now give a good explanation.

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Yuvaraju Vaikuntaraju Experience report
logoklein Yuvaraju Vaikuntaraju, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.10.2011-31.09.2012 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

Experience report about his place of stay in Chemnitz, Germany

My arrival in Chemnitz was well-planned, I had taken almost all the precautionary steps so that my initial start was nice and without stress. Because I arrived at the weekend, i had to think about how to get the key for the student dorm but thanks to my student buddy Anna who fetched the room keys on my behalf. Before I arrived in a new unfamiliar town, I spoke to the postgraduates, my student buddy and friends to gather helpful information. After an amazing journey of about 18 hours from my homeland India to Chemnitz, I was very keen on this new place where I would spend the next year.

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Deep Prakash logoklein Deep Prakash, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.09.2010-30.09.2011 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

31th August, 2010 was the date when I started my journey from Ahmedabad, India. It was the first time I was travelling to any foreign country. There was a lot of excitement developing in me about people, culture, food, language, weather, and much more. As I landed at Frankfurt airport along with Manpreet and Kalyan my two mates, all the imagination and expectation seemed less. Sonja our German friend and classmate came to pick us up and had already made the reservation for us on the train.

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Sunu George Varghese logoklein Sunu George Varghese, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.09.2010-30.09.2011 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

I reached Germany on September 28, 2010. Now, it is almost one year. Actually, the course of study, that is, one year, is really apt, as I could experience the four seasons including the beautiful autumn and colourful spring. I would say, this is the golden period of my life. On my first day in Germany, it was thrilling to experience the so called Autobahn. I felt, as if I am flying, just because of smooth roads as well as smooth driving, thanks to my friend. During this five hours trip from Frankfurt to Chemnitz, I got an overall view of Germany including the small hills and valleys, the coloured trees (since it was autumn), the German architecture of houses etc.

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Manpreet Singh Bhuie logoklein Manpreet Singh Bhuie, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.09.2010-30.09.2011 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

It has been almost a year since I came to Germany but when I think about it, it seems like just yesterday, when I was standing at Frankfurt airport trying hard to understand the lady announcing something important in German. When I was conveyed the information that I was to write a short report of my time here, I was enthralled by a rush of excitement and energy.

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Kalyan Yoti Mitra logoklein Kalyan Yoti Mitra, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
01.09.2010-30.09.2011 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

It has been a long journey of approximately 8000 kms from one continent to the another, from eating habits in Manipal to the ones in Chemnitz, from talking in Hindi and English to trying to utter words in Deutsch, from getting away from the sun to actually enjoying the sun, from noisy places to pin drop silent places and many more. Here in, I would like to share my experience till this date.

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Martin Brückner logoklein Martin Brückner, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
09.01.-07.07.2011 exchange student at Manipal University, India

In several articles I have read that a semester abroad is recommendable to qualify well for the job market. When I heard of the possibility to do such an exchange I was grateful to have the opportunity to study one term in India. Lots of students go abroad to Great Britain, USA or Australia for one term but I think that a successfully passed term in a booming country like India is more valuable than in other countries.

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Minu logoklein Minu Karumathra, double degree Master student at Manipal University, India
24.09.09-20.09.2010 exchange student at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

My trip to Germany started on 24th of September 2009. It was the first time I was travelling to a foreign country. It was the starting of winter in Germany. Classes were starting from October second week and I reached little early. This gave me the chance to attend the orientation program. The orientation program gave a small introduction about living in Chemnitz, procedures for the registration and different university buildings like library, computer pools and lecture halls.

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sonjagrenz logoklein Sonja Grenz, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
01.02.-31.06.2010 exchange student at Manipal University, India

The semester in India was one of the best decisions I have ever taken. Beside the job-related advantages I also made a lot of experiences regarding humanity, respect and life in the midst of all kind of cultures and religions. It was enrichment in every sense.

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tobiasseifert logoklein Tobias Seifert, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
01.02.-31.06.2010 exchange student at Manipal University, India

When I signed up for the Double Master Degree programme Media Production and Printing and Media Technology back in autumn 2009, I was not sure about what is waiting for me in India. Not only, that I felt warm in general with the great Idea of studying in a foreign country, also this huge and crazy country INDIA itself made me to be on fire within the second, the programme was announced by the Institute of Print and Media Technology. I deliberated no second to join the Double Degree Programme, as this country is much more fascinating for me than typical countries that are chosen for a semester abroad.

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stephanruttloff logoklein Stephan Ruttlof, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
01.02.-31.06.2010 exchange student at Manipal University, India

Right at the beginning it is said that a semester abroad is always something special. Many students have the possibility to go to the U.S. or England, but the possibilities for India are rare. Therefore, I can only recommend it, when you get the chance, take it. To describe the half year in India with adjectives, immediately the following will occur to me: impressive, unforgettable, warm, remarkable, but also exhausting and learn expensive.

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katharinahaase.jpg logoklein Katharina Haase, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
01.02.-31.06.2010 exchange student at Manipal University, India

I decided to join the double degree master program, because I believe that a semester abroad, especially in a developing country like India, is a unique opportunity to emerge professionally as well as personally. Personally, it appeared to be a great challenge for me. A different culture and a foreign language are only two examples. Nevertheless, I wanted to bear this challenge and get to know about life in India, the culture and how I can handle daily life in a foreign country. Furthermore, I saw it as a great chance to improve my language skills.

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bjoernengler logoklein Björn Engler, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
01.02.-31.06.2010 exchange student at Manipal University, India

My trip to India started in the morning on the 29th of January. The reason why we started at the end of January was the early beginning of the new semester in India. We arrived there with one extra day to adjust to the high temperature of around 33 to 36° C and great humidity. It was really necessary! But before all this happened we had a final exam late in the afternoon on the 28th of January. This meant packing all my belongings afterwards into the backpack and not much time to say good bye.

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marenknothe logoklein Maren Knothe, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
01.02.-31.06.2010 exchange student at Manipal University, India

I studied the second semester of my Master at the Manipal University in India. During the period of February to the end of May, I joined courses from the Department of Printing and Media Engineering. It was very interesting to have lectures in subjects like Advanced Printed Packaging Technology. Everybody in Manipal tried to help me if doubts occurred. The students and lecturers were very friendly and I found many new friends there.

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juditwend logoklein Judit Wend, double degree Master student at Chemnitz University, Germany
01.02.-31.06.2010 exchange student at Manipal University, India

From February 2010 until May 2010 I was studying at the Manipal University in Manipal/India. During that time I had the chance to make a lot of experiences. I was studying in the 2nd semester of the master program in Media Production and Printing and Media Technology as part of the double degree master program between Chemnitz University of Technology and Manipal University.

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