Diversity Month: Exploring the World with Erasmus

Matthias always knew he wanted to live at least for a certain period in a foreign country. The Erasmus exchange programme and the support by the Montanuniversität International Relations Office (MIRO) gave him the chance to make his dream come true. Due to his interest to further improve his language skills in English, he decided in favor of the UK, to be more precise Sheffield. Has been it been the right fit for him? Find out more in our new post.

Sheffield is in a region of England called Southern Yorkshire and is the 7th biggest city in the UK. It has always beeb a city of revolution and protest through the ages and is known for both its steel manufacturing and the friendliness of its people. In Sheffield you always have to be open for a friendly conversation with a stranger. And if you ask for help it will always be granted to you. You see the similarities to a certain school of wizards :-))

The University of Sheffield itself is just magnificent. In the whole city are departments of the university distributed. Every building itself has its own history and unique style, both modern and old architecture mixed. The university itself is worldwide on the ranking number 137 and well known for advances in the field of material science and biochemistry. Due to this fact, I decided to conduct research for my second bachelor's thesis at the University of Sheffield. My research is currently ongoing in the synthesis of functionalized magnetic nanoparticles. The research, especially in the field of inorganic chemistry, will be most useful for my PhD studies starting in November.

Owing to its location in the heart of England it is also perfect for travelling. Hence, there wasn’t any fortnight I haven’t been at least on one trip. Luckily, I found very early other international students during my stay in Sheffield, who are as travel addicted as I am and who made every trip not just good but in one word AMAZING. I know already that I have to make some trips to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Czech, Turkey etc. to meet all of my international friends soon again.

As conclusion my advice for future international students is: be open, be positive and just enjoy your stay … every day of it! Use your chance of an Erasmus stay abroad, it will change you! Of course, in a positive way 😉

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. (@_donquichotte_)

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