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Welcome and Orientation Week

RWU International Welcome Week WS 2021/2022

After three online semesters, RWU can welcome its students back to campus. The international students kick off three weeks before the official start of lectures at the "Welcome and Orientation Week".

78 young people from seven different countries are coming to study at RWU. 61 of them will spend their entire studies in Weingarten. One of them is Osama bin Zafar from Pakistan. He completed his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in his home country and then worked for four years at a company that had contacts in Germany. As he wanted to deepen his know-how in the field of automation, the young engineer started looking for English-language study programmes in Germany. That's how he came across RWU in Weingarten, where he has now enrolled in the Master Mechatronics programme for the winter semester.

"I want to get to know the country and the people"

17 students come to RWU from other European countries for one or two semesters in exchange programmes. Paz Cumia from Spain is one of them. She is studying Physical Engineering in Madrid and will be taking courses at RWU as part of an Erasmus semester. She had already learned German at school and has since been, as she says herself, "passionate about Germany". She chose Weingarten because of the location and the beautiful nature. And she is glad that the teaching in the winter semester will take place in presence. "If it had been another online semester, I probably wouldn't have come," she says, "after all, I want to get to know the country and its people."

The programme of the International Office's Welcome and Orientation Week includes very pragmatic assistance with enrolment, the formalities at the citizens' registration office or opening an account. But the programme also includes courses such as "Living and Studying in Germany", a campus tour or an excursion to Lake Constance and the Zeppelin Museum.

"You are not alone with your problems"

The 3G rules apply to study in presence at RWU in the winter semester; anyone who has been vaccinated, tested or has recovered may take part. "We are so happy that we can welcome our internationals in person again and show them the campus and the city," says Ramona Herrmann, coordinator for international full-time students at RWU's International Office. The reactions in direct exchange are important in order to be able to ask all questions and also answer them directly. "In the last semesters, our students were not able to get to know their fellow students at all," says Ramona Herrmann. "In contrast, they now realise again that if you have a problem, you are not alone in it."

Osama bin Zafar had already passed his baptism of fire in a foreign country before the Welcome Week started: When he arrived in Stuttgart, he found that there were no trains running due to the rail strike. His description of how he finally arrived in Weingarten by various buses is like a small odyssey - with a positive conclusion: "The people are very nice here. I was helped everywhere.