Johannes Schmidt

Germany

Coming to Estonia...
The first time I ended up in Estonia was during my ERASMUS semester at the Tallinn University of Technology. During that time I have gotten a feeling about Estonia and what it is like to study here. Studying in such a small country, with around 1,3 million inhabitants, culturally tied together by their past, gives you a truly unique family-like feeling. I believe in order to study successfully you need to enjoy yourself and feel good where you are. This is definitely something Estonia is able to provide. Tallinn is an upcoming and vibrant city of young and creative people offering more than you are able to absorb.

Apart from the country, its people and cities, Tallinn University of Technology is providing outstanding academic excellence in the field of Technology Governance. Having the ho nour and opportunity to be taught by professors regarded as eminent authorities in their fields is certainly one of the reasons for me coming back to Estonia.

Before coming here...
Before I came to Estonia the first time my ideas about the country were rather virginal. All I knew was that they became a member of the European Union in 2004 and that the University of Erfurt signed two ERASMUS agreements with Estonian universities, one with Tallinn University of Technology and the other with University of Tartu.

Student life in Estonia...
Student life I consider as the being the same for the greater part. No matter where you are you will always find some students partying a lot, some dressing up exaggeratedly for their daily lectures and others you will see at the library every day.

The only major difference I could spot is that at least Tallinn offers an extremly developed network for international students. Different organizations help international students to cope in Estonia, come together and experience a great time. This is something I didn’t see so much at my previous alma mater.

Studying in Estonia...
As regards my aspirations as an international student I hope to get to know many interesting students that are keen on a challenging learning experience. I also hope to develop my intercultural competencies while studying in an international environment.

Concerning the academic outcomes I am certain to receive an education that is one of a kind. Studying the Master of Technology Governance in Tallinn does not mean rushing through your education to receive a degree, it rather means to participate in a school of thought.

My Erasmus experience...
I have certainly benefitted from my time as an ERASMUS student in Estonia. Best proof for this is my decision to do my Master in Estonia.

I would tell others...
University life in Estonia, in particular Tallinn, is more than just studying. Of course you will find well equipped libraries, wireless internet connections everywhere and a very developed intrastructure in general but you will also have manyfold opportunities to meet interesting, international people and have a great time in a vital and pulsating city.

I miss the most...
Honestly, the only thing I really miss is decent German bread. Bread in Estonia is either sweet or full of caraway which both doesn’t make it a culinary experience for me to eat bread in Estonia.

I like to study here...
For me student mobility means to step on it, pack one’s bag and discover unknown territories. Since nowadays we are provided easy access to mobility programmes I don’t see any reason why not to take advantage of them. In fact taking advantage of today’s mobility is not only essential for ones carreer but also simply the guarantees to have a great time. Therefore studying abroad means killing several birds with one stone.

My future plans...
After my Master I am most probably commencing the ordinary work life, hopefully being employed in an extraordinary company holding an interesting, challenging and rewarding position. If not I will just do another degree in Tallinn.

The last thing I want to say...
Ergreift die Chance und studiert in Tallinn! Nirgendwo, an keiner anderen Universität, habt ihr die Möglichkeit, in kleinen Seminargruppen mit Koryphäen wie Carlota Perez, Erik Reinert, Rainer Kattel und Wolfgang Drechsler zu studieren OHNE horrende Studien-gebühren bezahlen zu müssen. Falls Ihr euch also für Felder wie Development Economics, Innovation Policies und Historical Economics interessiert, ist Technology Governance (MA oder PhD) an der Tallinn University of Technology die weltweit beste Adresse.

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