Kling Klang and it’s already Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner and with it, the first submissions before the well-deserved holidays. Time flies, and the journey home is already planned. Some plan to spend Christmas at home, while others prefer to stay until the official end of the semester (15.01) to fully enjoy the experience.

Street lights

The semester here at the University of Westminster is a little different than what I was used to. Overall, the semester is shorter than at Macromedia University. While at Macromedia the semester ends in January, here it practically ends in mid-December. The next semester starts in mid-January.

Macromedia students who study one semester at the University of Westminster cannot take more than 3 modules. Altogether, fewer modules than at Macromedia, but still the same workload. We were used to having 6 to 8 modules per semester, so it was better to have fewer modules. This way you can focus on each project individually instead of having to juggle many projects at once. The workload was nevertheless very high, as you were expected to do a lot of work yourself after university and to read the given literature. There are also 2 examination phases per module. The first phase is spread over the whole of November, although it varies depending on the module. The last exam phase, as already mentioned, takes place in December, which leaves little time to breathe. The compensation is provided by the timetable. Alexandra only had three days of classes a week and I had four, so we had much more time for self-study and working on projects. Time management is particularly important here, so that there is still time at the end, to explore the city in all its beauty.

It is also recommended to acquire new vocabulary to keep up in class. Management students had the module: Managerial Economics: Firms and Markets, which consists entirely of business mathematics. At the beginning it was difficult to follow the lessons if you didn’t know the technical terms in English and had to look them up all the time. However, such a module turns out to be an enrichment for your later working life. In addition, students of international management had the modules Sustainable City Economies and Project Management.

The exams are all doable but very time intensive. From the preparation of Excel tables to the preparation of case studies and the creation of a poster, everything was included. At the end, we had to submit homework of varying scope in each module in December. The grading is fair, but the grading system led to confusion at the beginning. If you get 80 out of 100 points, you get a 1.0, and anything above that is hardly feasible.

The teachers were friendly and competent, but there were more students in my class and therefore less time for meetings for each student. But our teachers always tried to divide our time so that everyone could talk about their projects and answer our questions.

Another big topic was the pandemic and our safety. In class we wore a mask and had the opportunity to get tested at the university for free. Although I felt that people in London were generally less strict with the pandemic rules, the university always kept us up to date with the regulations and the teachers were willing to switch to online courses if needed. Most of our classes were held on-site, but every now and then we had some online sessions, which was sometimes a nice change. Large lectures, such as Project Management with over 300 participants were held online. The related seminars and workshops were divided into smaller groups. In addition, we had enough space in our classrooms to actually sit separately from each other, which I was also not used to from the smaller Macromedia campus.

Even after class, we could use the studios to work or go to the library, which I really enjoyed sometimes because of my small dorm room and the change. Another point was the large selection of books for each subject, which made it a pleasure to stroll through the bookshelves and physically search for literature. I will really miss the atmosphere in the library because sometimes you need to see other people studying to get motivated again.

In conclusion, the semester abroad is an experience we wouldn’t want to miss. Besides gaining new academic knowledge, you also learn a lot about yourself abroad and broaden your horizons, as learning in another language expands your awareness.

We wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year!