MILSA mentees SS 2018

Gentiane Brack

Portrait of MILSA participant Gentiane Brack
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University Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

I am a student from the PHBern. During the spring semester of 2018 I am studying at the “École Supérieure de Professorat et de l’Éducation” which is part of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis in France. My goal of studying abroad is to see how different a school system, compared to Switzerland, is and the student’s life is like here in France. Moreover, I want to improve my French skills. But the main reason for studying abroad is to experience the process of adapting an unknown environment in another country. For me as a teacher it is beneficial to know which problems immigrants and, moreover their childern, have to fight with, when they had to adapt in the Swiss culture. So I will understand them better and I will keep my mind open for cultural diversity. I chose Nice as my destination because of it’s geographical position. The Côte d’Azur with the azure Mediterranean Sea will be amazing. But as well because I want to experience the “savoir vivre”.  Building up new international friendships is as fascinating as it can be! Participating in the MILSA project will help me to reflect on situations I am in to a further extend and to benefit the most from my stay abroad. 

The French cannot teach – a blinded idea of a Swiss teacher or reality?

Rheija Hug

Portrait of MILSA participant Rheija Hug
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Nova School of Business and Economics Lisbon, Portugal

I am a Business Administration and Economy student from the University of Bern. During spring semester 2018 I will be studying at Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, Portugal. I’ll try to get to know how everyday life as a student in Lisbon is. Try to be a local in a place that is nowadays one of the most visited cities in Europe by tourists. My semester abroad will be full of new experiences and it allows me to learn more about the local culture. I am looking forward to learning the Portuguese language! Furthermore, an exchange semester offers you the opportunity to get to now a different teaching method in a new university. Bom dia!  

Studying under Orange Trees
Mais devagar, por favor!
Becoming partly Portuguese – the story of familiarizing certain habits

Lea Stotzer

Portrait of MILSA participant Lea Stotzer
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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

I am studying psychology in my Master’s at the University of Bern. In the summer semester 2018 I will study at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena. I chose this city because it is small (a little bit smaller than Bern), cute, with a renowned University and very international. What really interested me in the Faculty of Psychology at Uni Jena were the subjects of the seminars. And in my leisure time here there is a lot to do because the international community of Jena is very big, and they are plan a lot of workshops, hikes, social dances and games.

What I would like for this summer semester in Germany is to improve my psychological knowhow, gain some insight into another university and get to know interesting people. The MILSA workshop in Bern helped me to be open and interested to whatever will come.

The different way of saying things

Timon Stuber

Portrait of MILSA participant Timon Stuber
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Science Po Bordeaux, France

I am a student of Social Sciences and Geography at the University of Bern. During the spring semester 2018 I am studying in Bordeaux at Science Po Bordeaux and the University Montaigne. Yeah, I do like wine, but that is not the main reason I chose to study in Bordeaux. In the south-west of France I want to improve my French, see how student life in another country is like and complete my Bachelor. The MILSA workshop in Bern helped me to prepare for my semester abroad. I decided to participate in the program to be able to reflect about my experiences in Bordeaux and because I appreciate discussing with other Erasmus students of the University of Bern about those experiences.

How I got Less Punctual
Familiarizing the unfamilliar