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SoSe 2017 - April to July 2017

Loran Palseo Tambunan

Indonesia – Bandung – Parahyangan Catholic Uni­ver­sity Faculty of Human Sciences and Theology –


Learn­ing something new and doing something to the very best of it; is a principle that I hold for most in my life. I really enjoy and eager to learn about something that is beyond my daily life standard. This eagerness and spirit are the primary reason why I am motivated to apply for TU Dort­mund(TUD) Student Exchange 2017.I choose TU Dort­mund (TUD) as my host Uni­ver­sity because TU Dort­mund and my sending institution (UNPAR) had a good partnership that allows me to have an in­ter­na­tio­nal exposure experience through a student exchange program under the ERASMUS+ scholarship.

Alumna der TU Dortmund © Loran Tambunan​/​TU Dort­mund

Moreover, some of U N PA R lecturers had learned and even graduated from TUD. They are amazing lecturers that inspire me to study abroad to TUD as they already did. Beside this academic sphere motivations studying and being able to be in Germany had already become my dream since I was little.

First days

The first days in Germany were awesome. I was astonished as I arrived in Germany, because most of the things are quite different from my home country. In my first days, the International Office helped me out to get through my academic bureaucracy and managed to find me a really nice room! As I settled down perfectly in my room, I began to start socializing with people surround me. I met my very first best friend, Clementine Menioux! She is a French girl that gets along easily with me. I felt really excited all the time and did not find any particular strange things as I stay (maybe it is because I was really happy to stay in Germany). I did miss a lot of things, such as my friends, my amazing, funny and friendly lecturers, my church colleagues and the library (I love the library so much!).

I lived in Ostenbergstr 109. It was a really nice Wohnung. I lived by myself in a room with one bathroom which they callas Einzelzimmer. I lived by myself and shared the kitchen with my neighbors. It was a worthy place to live because I can have my own privacy while on the other hand, I can socialize with people in the kitchen as we cook. And when we were talking about food, we would eventually talk about culture; which I found really fun!

Cultural Differences

They say, the Germans are stiff, very or­ga­nized, punctual and they love beers and football. I cannot confirm the first prejudice I wrote. They are not that stiff; they are actually friendly and humorous. Most people think Germans are stiff because they are really careful towards people feelings and space, they are simply sensible. While the other prejudices I mentioned were—in my opinion—true, I proudly am confirmed that! The Germans are very punctual; we can see it from the term in we made with lecturers and the punctuality of the Bahn services. Pünktlichkeit at its best! And for beers and football, I think I had even no doubts to find these characteristics in Dort­mund. Who does not know BVB and Brinkhoffs?

The main cultural differences between Indonesia and Germany lay on the infra­structure. The infra­structure in Germany is very advanced therefore—I assumed—it shaped the culture and the Germans behavior. This well-infrastructured country creates the behavior of punctual, respectful, obedient and full-spirited body and mind. I found a lot of positive experiences in Germany. The classes inspired me to be more active and critical about things. My friends were openminded and respectful. I enjoyed all the facilities and cultural bonding with the Germans and other in­ter­na­tio­nal students for sure. I like the Germans a lot! They were really kind, attentive, funny and really sincere friends. They work diligently and have fun sufficiently (though beers, party and football!). They are respectful towards people and time. Overall, I enjoyed to know every Germans in my 4 month exchange!

Leisure Time

I spend my leisure time on weekdays mostly with my friends to eat out in the Stadtzentrum and to visit the student bars. While on weekend, I single out my leisure time to serve the church through singing. I also helped out a Primary School named Holte-Grund­schule to teach Indonesian traditional dance for the students. I visited some of the NRW‘s area, such as Essen, Duisburg, Mülheim, Düsseldorf, Köln, Münster and Aachen. I travel those areas with my friends, ESN‘s students and my church colleagues. There were a lot of site to visits in every area that I mentioned. It was a fortune to stay in NRW region. I love a lot of places in Dort­mund. Dort­mund is a quite popular and busy city. Aside from its bustling city, I can say that the Dort­mund Botanischer Garten is my favorite place in Dort­mund. It is a green park that is full of plants and trees. It is spacious and allows us to have a lot of activities such as walking, jogging, family picnic, bicycling and even taking a nap! It is truly a peaceful place to have a short escape from the city rush.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity

I like the courses, classes, classmates, lecturers and the facilities given. I enjoyed studying in the class as well as in the library. The access to books and journals are well-or­ga­nized in the Bibliothek. The courses are in line with the courses I have in my home Uni­ver­sity and enlightened me holistically. The lecturers are my favorite as they taught me a lot of informative things. The lecturers are kind, friendly, funny, warm and proficient in teaching the class. The classes I had in TUD are my dream classes! In my home country, most of the study system is a one way seminar with a little discussion. Most of the students are shy and talk less while the seminar occurred. In TUD, the semi­nars are conducted mostly through presentation with mandatory readings that will lead the class into a deeper discussion about the presentation topic. This system creates a critical and active participation of the students in the class. The lecturers in TUD are quiet similar with my lecturers in UN PAR. Both of them are funny, friendly, warm and sensible. The most particular difference is the hierarchy position. In Germany it is more formal, while in my UN PAR—especially my major—it is quite informal between the students and lecturers.

Advice for students, who will come to Germany in the fu­ture...

  • Make friends as much as you can!
  • Use every facility that is provided for your-self-development–Library and literature access–Hoch­schul­sport facilities –Language courses in the ZHB Bereich Fremsprachen –Campus activities and events –Free access to Dort­mund theater and concert house
  • Travel the NRW‘s area; you are free to travel with the semester ticket
  • Join the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) community for new friends and more in­ter­na­tio­nal exposures
  • Pursue your hobbies and interests through campus community and events
  • Maximize the study opportunity not only outside the class but of course, concentrate and be serious on learning on the class. This will give you a more enlightened mind about the courses you take (especially if you find the study system is different with your home uni­ver­si­ty)

Life after leaving

I miss the Wurst and the Bahn(s). I have never enjoyed eating various of sausages like in Germany. If I could take two things home with me, I would take a tons of Wurst and take the TU Dort­mund H-Bahn home (It would be impossible, but, I would love to ^^). I will set the H-Bahn from my Wohnung to my home uni­ver­si­ty! Staying in Dort­mund for only 4 months had been a life changing experience. The stay had influenced me so much on stepping ahead for my fu­ture ambitions. I learned a lot, experienced various things and overall, I am satisfied with everything I got from TU Dort­mund. My stay had enhanced my soft skills and my ability to be critical and well-prepared person. I learned English in the class (as our main language) as well as learning German through the German course. I interacted with the people on the community which also increased my intrapersonal ability. These skills and knowledge will be very im­por­tant on actualize my professional goals in the fu­ture


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Anfahrt & Lageplan

Der Campus der Technischen Uni­ver­si­tät Dort­mund liegt in der Nähe des Autobahnkreuzes Dort­mund West, wo die Sauerlandlinie A45 den Ruhrschnellweg B1/A40 kreuzt. Die Abfahrt Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen auf der A45 führt zum Campus Süd, die Abfahrt Dort­mund-Dorstfeld auf der A40 zum Campus-Nord. An beiden Ausfahrten ist die Uni­ver­si­tät ausgeschildert.

Direkt auf dem Campus Nord befindet sich die S-Bahn-Station „Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät“. Von dort fährt die S-Bahn-Linie S1 im 20- oder 30-Minuten-Takt zum Hauptbahnhof Dort­mund und in der Gegenrichtung zum Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf über Bochum, Essen und Duisburg. Außerdem ist die Uni­ver­si­tät mit den Buslinien 445, 447 und 462 zu erreichen. Eine Fahrplanauskunft findet sich auf der Homepage des Verkehrsverbundes Rhein-Ruhr, außerdem bieten die DSW21 einen interaktiven Liniennetzplan an.

Zu den Wahrzeichen der TU Dort­mund gehört die H-Bahn. Linie 1 verkehrt im 10-Minuten-Takt zwischen Dort­mund Eichlinghofen und dem Technologiezentrum über Campus Süd und Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S, Linie 2 pendelt im 5-Minuten-Takt zwischen Campus Nord und Campus Süd. Diese Strecke legt sie in zwei Minuten zurück.

Vom Flughafen Dort­mund aus gelangt man mit dem AirportExpress innerhalb von gut 20 Minuten zum Dort­mun­der Hauptbahnhof und von dort mit der S-Bahn zur Uni­ver­si­tät. Ein größeres Angebot an inter­natio­nalen Flugverbindungen bietet der etwa 60 Ki­lo­me­ter entfernte Flughafen Düsseldorf, der direkt mit der S-Bahn vom Bahnhof der Uni­ver­si­tät zu erreichen ist.

Die Ein­rich­tun­gen der Technischen Uni­ver­si­tät Dort­mund verteilen sich auf den größeren Campus Nord und den kleineren Campus Süd. Zudem befinden sich einige Bereiche der Hoch­schu­le im angrenzenden Technologiepark. Genauere In­for­ma­ti­onen kön­nen Sie den Lageplänen entnehmen.