Student of Electrical Engineering from Spain
Buying a bike was pretty much the first thing I did after arriving in Karlsruhe. For an enthusiast like me, the area and all of the paths it offers are ideal – Bilbao can't even compare. I then started using the bike to explore my new surroundings. The city's fan-like layout is really fascinating! But you'd expect an engineer to say something like that, wouldn't you?
I'm actually an exchange student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) right now, pursuing a master's in electrical engineering. I came here because the university has a great reputation. Back home at the University of the Basque Country, some of my fellow students who had already done an Erasmus semester here told me that I definitely had to see it for myself.
Finding an apartment in Karlsruhe was anything but easy, though. I almost lost hope at one point and thought I'd have to live in a hostel for the whole semester. With a little luck, however, everything worked out in the end – I found a shared apartment in Karlsruhe Südstadt.
As far as the rest goes, I received a very warm welcome: KIT made sure to take care of everything for the other exchange students and me. That was really helpful, especially in the first couple of weeks. The Erasmus work group and the people from the International Students Office did an outstanding job. With all the events, parties, and excursions, how could you get homesick?
As soon as my master's is in the bag, I can definitely see myself moving here for a job in the future. I want to give the idea a try by getting an internship somewhere in the region. For an engineer, there are just so many exciting companies in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion. When you look at it that way, the German weather doesn't seem so bad!