DAAD Young Ambassadors

DAAD has an extensive network of Young Ambassadors, based in different cities of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Germany. Feel free to get in touch with one of the DAAD Young Ambassadors to get insights into the German university landscape.

What DAAD Young Ambassadors do...

Young Ambassadors are students who have studied or carried out research at a university or a research centre in Germany and are interested in promoting Germany as a destination for higher learning by sharing their experience of education or research in Germany with fellow students. They help inspire their fellows to study or research in Germany by answering questions, and by organizing events on and off campus.

Young Ambassadors 2021

Get to know the DAAD Young Ambassadors 2021 – read about their Germany experience and the important insights they offer. And yes, write to them about your questions – they will be happy to help you!

Binura Perera
Master – Renewable Energy
University of Oldenburg
Home country: Sri Lanka
ya.binura@daadindia.org

Binura shares...

I am Binura Perera from Sri Lanka. My wish through joining the DAAD YA programme is to increase the awareness about the opportunities available in Germany amongst students who wish to pursue higher studies there. I believe that this programme will further support my endeavour to support students to secure admission at German institutes.

Also, I believe this will be a great opportunity to build network with like-minded people.

Looking forward to an exciting year!

Chinmaya Chaitanya
Bachelor – Graphic Design and Visual Communication
Berlin International University of Applied Sciences
Scholarship: Berlin International University of Applied Sciences
Home country: India
ya.chinmaya@daadindia.org

Chinmaya shares...

The Berlin International University of Applied Sciences is home to world-class experts and houses equipment in every possible educational field. As a design student, I was star-struck with Berlin streets with their display of graffiti, art, design, and architecture at every corner.

Coming from the small city of Ranchi, educating myself about the design field was a cumbersome process, because material about the design field in contrast to the STEM fields is difficult to find around. Having undergone the searching process myself, I feel obliged to share this knowledge with other passionate individuals. Germany nurtures every field of education and provides a platform to evolve with world-leading standards.

Germany is exciting, you get to meet amazing people. Germany itself is very welcoming, being here is another state of mind, it teaches you important life lessons and prepares you for the challenging road ahead. I will be more than happy to connect with you and talk about everything that is Germany – from education to life to the processes involved in living here. No question is silly, so feel free to connect with me.

Deepak
PhD – Structural and Pharmaceutical Biology
LMU Munich
Home country: India
ya.deepak@daadindia.org

Deepak shares...

Hello,

I am pursuing doctoral research in the group of Prof. Ivan Huc at LMU Munich, Germany. I did my master’s from IIT Bombay in the Department of Bioscience and Bioengineering. After my master’s studies, I came to Germany in 2018 to pursue Ph.D. at LMU Munich. I am specializing in protein crystallography of DNA binding protein.

Soon after joining LMU Munich, I have been helping and guiding International students with their queries regarding study in Germany. Continuing the zeal of helping students, I was appointed as DAAD India Young Ambassador 2021-22.

Now is your chance as a student to explore Germany – seize it!

I would love to talk more, share more stories, and answer your questions to start a wonderful experience in Germany.
Feel free to shoot me an email or connect with me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepak-deepak-78b479137

Dheeraj Kumar
Master – Business and Economics
Christian Albrechts University in Kiel
Home country: India
ya.dheeraj@daadindia.org

Dheeraj shares...

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

If you are wondering whether moving to an unknown country, learning a new language, and leaving your friends and relations is worth the risk, then you will get the answer to that question by the end of this –

In 2018, I was also an adrift bachelor graduate from University of Delhi and was looking for a place to study further abroad. During this endeavour, I came across ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’ as an option for my master studies. The benefits in the long-run were so many and it basically motivated me enough that in October 2018 (literally by the end of the year) I landed in Germany.

My first impression of Germany: it was better than AMAZING!! From excellent university conditions with no tuition fee to a vibrant society with a rich economy, Germany is attracting a lot of international students from around the world. During your studies, you also get many other opportunities to engage yourself, be it sports, cultural activities or gaining work experience. Everything is well organised, and you will be astonished how quickly you start improving and gaining skills which will make you ideal for an international career. All you need is an open mind and a will to succeed.

In the end, I would like to thank the DAAD team, for allowing me to share my story and be a part of the Young Ambassador program so that I can motivate other bright young minds to come over to the Land of Ideas.

Gowtham Selvakumar Muthusamy
Master – Electronics
Bremen University of Applied Sciences
Home country: India
ya.gowtham@daadindia.org

Gowtham shares...

Moin Zusammen!

Originally from Tamil Nadu and living in Germany for the past five years, I completed my Masters of Science in Electronics from Bremen University of Applied Sciences. Germany has provided me with great opportunities to do research work. During my master studies, I was involved in a laser-induced plasma project. The project was funded by the DFG – German Research Foundation. Then, I worked as a student research assistant at the Universität Bremen and Bremer Institute for Applied Beam Technology from 2016 to 2018. I am currently working as a Scientific Researcher at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in quantum computing.

If you are a person who is passionate about science and technology, then Deutschland is the right choice for you. You can take part in internships, research assistantships and thesis work during your studies. You have opportunities to develop your German and many more languages at the Language centre within the university premises. With tenacity and willpower, you can achieve your goal.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your queries regarding study and research in Germany.

Humera Khatoon Siddiqui
PhD – Materials Science
Technical University of Darmstadt
Scholarship: DAAD KOSPIE
Home country: India
ya.humera@daadindia.org

Humera shares...

Hallo Zusammen! I am a PhD student in the group of Prof. Kramm at the Technical University of Darmstadt. My research field is Catalysis for Metal Air Batteries and Fuel Cells for Electric Vehicles. During my Masters at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), I was awarded the  DAAD scholarship to pursue my thesis work at TU Darmstadt as an exchange student. I completed my Masters with a gold medal for being the best girl student in the Materials Science department at IITK.

During my stay in Germany as an exchange student, I got an opportunity to explore the German culture very closely as I was living in a Wohngemeinschaft (WG) with Germans and was able to practice the language with them. I have made some very good friends and collected a bunch of cherished memories such as having potluck dinners, travelling to European countries, and enjoying the Christmas market with Glühwein and Kinderpunsch. I never knew learning German would be so much fun till I started learning it here. Thanks to the DAAD for providing a German course during my stay as a Masters exchange student at that time. Now, I have completed B2 level and am still learning.

At university I had nice colleagues who were very supportive, especially with learning German. Work-life balance is highly fostered here. Apart from work, we enjoy the Kaffee-Pause (coffee breaks), hiking trips and sports such as bouldering. I am a mentor in the ‘Big-Sister’ programme at TU Darmstadt and help students with their academic and personal queries.

This opportunity as an exchange student shaped my career as I secured a PhD position in the same research group. It would be an honour to contribute to the DAAD community as a DAAD Young Ambassador.

Madhuri Sathyanarayan Rao
Master – Molecular Life Sciences
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Home country: India
ya.madhuri@daadindia.org

Madhuri Shares...

Originally from Bengaluru, I pursued my masters in 2013 in Molecular Life Science at the University of Jena and completed master thesis at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology.

Currently, I work in R&D at a biotech firm in Munich. Living away from home has transformed me as a person. I can only strongly recommend students to pursue studies in Germany, a land that offers opportunities aplenty.

I have lived in different cities in Germany, which has enriched my experience, from learning about different cultures through people from across the world to being involved in the latest research and tech developments, not only does one progress academically, one grows tremendously as a person.

My proficiency in German helped me integrate well and recommend everyone to learn the language. I happily call Munich my home away from home. Besides work, I enjoy being in nature, writing and mentoring and supporting students.

I am glad to help you all with your queries on studies, living and working in Germany.

Manisha Ukwatte
Bachelor – International Business
University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Home country: Sri Lanka
ya.manisha@daadindia.org

Manisha shares...

I was born and brought up in a beautiful country, well known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ – Sri Lanka. After completing my schooling and a diploma, I moved to Germany to pursue my higher education. I am currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in International Business at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn Rhein. Even after completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing in Sri Lanka, I decided to start my Bachelor Degree in Interntional Business to widen my horizons and be a part of the fast-growing international business market.

Being a PASCH alumna encouraged me to start my higher education in Germany followed by my experience as the Project Coordinator at Goethe-Institut in Sri Lanka

I have taken part in many volunteer programs in Europe and in South East Asia and I believe, studying in Germany has given me the opportunity to expand my network while sharing my own unique culture with different nationalities and getting to know and to be a part of other cultures.

As a DAAD Young Ambassador I feel honoured to sharing my experiences and to fulfilling my responsibilities in order to make path for many students in South Asia to pursue their higher education in Germany.

Let’s chase our dreams together!

Md Saiful Islam
PhD – Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
University of Freiburg
Home country: Bangladesh
ya.mdsaiful@daadindia.org

Md Saiful shares...

I am from Chittagong, and am currently pursuing my PhD at the University of Freiburg. My research project focuses on the role of canonical SMADs mutation in colorectal cancer and is supported by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). I completed my master degree in Molecular Biosciences with a Cancer Biology major programme at the University of Heidelberg and DKFZ. Before moving to Germany, I studied Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in my Bachelor programme at the University of Chittagong.

Germany is an ideal destination for higher studies and research. Students in Germany are provided with the freedom to choose from countless courses and be involved in cutting-edge scientific research at a minimal cost. The curriculum also has a comprehensive approach to teaching and research, and produces highly efficient graduates to compete at the international level. One of the significant advantages of studying in Germany that I realised is that the German academic system provides flexible timelines to students to finish their studies, and students are allowed to explore diverse research experiences (internships/thesis) as well, which help them choose a career track either in academia or industry.

Apart from my studies and research work, I like to travel to beautiful locations, and going on bicycle tours around Freiburg to explore the hidden beauty of the Black Forest. I have also met some incredible people in both the Heidelberg and Freiburg Bangladeshi communities, who made my life in Germany quite enjoyable over the past few years!

As a DAAD Young Ambassador for 2021-2022, I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with those interested in pursuing a Masters or PhD in Germany.

Namia Akhtar
Master – South Asian Studies
Heidelberg University
Scholarship: DAAD
Home country: Bangladesh
ya.namia@daadindia.org

Namia shares...

I am a development professional with nearly eight years of experience. While working for an international organisation in Dhaka, I realised that I needed a postgraduate education to make career advancements. After researching various study destinations, I finally chose MA South Asian Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany due to the program’s reputation and the opportunities that Germany offers.

The flexible learning structure enabled me to work part-time along with studies which strengthened me professionally. During the three years of my program, I worked at various institutions as a Studentische Hilfskraft. These are part-time research or academic assistant positions for students at universities or research institutes. I had the privilege to work at the GESIS Leibniz Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Computing, Bioquant- Quantitative Analysis of Molecular and Cellular Biosystems, and the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health. Alongside, I also got a rare opportunity to volunteer as a science reporter for the Max Weber Stiftung.

Academically, it was an intellectually challenging experience, where I struggled initially. But in the end, I graduated with a Distinction in MA South Asian Studies from Universität Heidelberg. My Master’s thesis, completed with DAAD funding, explored health governance in Bangladesh and received the department’s highest grade. With a very supportive learning atmosphere, I was able to succeed.

My degree and the entirety of my experience in Germany opened doors for me. Upon returning to Bangladesh, I secured a competitive six-month traineeship at the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh, where I worked for an additional two months as a Communication Consultant. Currently, I am Research Associate at the UNDP, and I realize the unique benefits of the holistic education I received in Germany at every step of my career.

Nikhil Pingle
Bachelor – Computer Science
Technical University of Munich
Home country: India
ya.nikhil@daadindia.org

Nikhil shares...

Hello, I completed my Studienkolleg, which is a year long preparatory course for bachelors this year from the Technische Universität Berlin and will be starting my Bachelors in Computer Science this fall at the Technische Universität München.

Coming from a background where my mother has been teaching German for the past 30 years and has dedicated a major part of her life to Germany, choosing Germany as a place to study was an obvious choice for me. Growing up hearing not only about the high quality of education as well as a strong relationship between universities and the industry, but also generally about life in Germany motivated me come to Germany for my Bachelor studies itself and I have to say, my experience so far has been great!

Even though I was well aware, that education in Germany has a very high standard, my experience at the Studienkolleg exceeded my expectations in every way possible and I’m very excited to start my Bachelor Studies this fall.

I have been very lucky to have known people, who were able to show me the right path in terms of what requirements were to be fulfilled to do Bachelors in Germany.

As a DAAD Young Ambassador, I look forward to helping students, who are interested in pursuing their Bachelor studies in Germany, but may not know yet, what steps need to be taken to achieve their goal of studying in Germany.

Palak Lakhani
Masters – Polymer Materials Science
Martin Luther University – Halle Wittenberg
Home country: India
ya.palak@daadindia.org

Palak shares...

Namaste! I live in Halle (Saale), but I’m originally from Rajkot. I completed my B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Amity University, Rajasthan in 2017. Currently, I am pursuing M.Sc. Polymer Materials Science (PMS) from Martin Luther Universität of Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).

Doing my masters in Germany has been the best decision of my life. It had always been my dream to pursue higher studies from Germany. That was also the reason that I started learning German language during my bachelors. MLU gave me the chance to pave my path into the specialisation I have always wanted. The awesome laboratory facilities, beautiful campus and the cool lectures of renowned professors made all the struggles of academia worthwhile. My research experience, during this period, in Fraunhofer IMWS and Martin Luther Universität of Halle-Wittenberg – helped me tremendously in professional development of research work, which in turn helped to do thesis in Hochschule Merseburg, one of the renowned places for UD Tapes research in Europe.

I am a Youtube influencer, a numismatist, a philatelist, a pianist, a hodophile, and a badminton player. I have had experience of doing 26 part-time jobs in Germany. All those meetings with so many people from different countries and culture taught me many things. The C1 level of German language proficiency that I have achieved is only due to the exposure that I got in Germany. Getting a near perfect score of 163/165 in B1 level and 240/300 in B2 level is a dream for many.

I would definitely encourage students to undertake higher education in Germany. I thank DAAD for giving me this opportunity of giving back to the society as a Young Ambassador for another tenure. Always remember this quote from Thomas Berger: “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge”. I am and will always be available for clearing all your doubts.

Paresh Yeole

Master – Systems and Automation
RWTH Aachen University
Scholarship: RWTH Aachen (DAAD)
Home country: India
ya.paresh@daadindia.org

Paresh shares...

Hello, I am currently working at Fronius International GmbH in Wels, Austria. I did my master in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering (Major – Systems and Automation) at RWTH, Aachen. During my masters, I did an internship at dSPACE GmbH, Paderborn in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Energy Management. My master thesis is also around the same topic which I completed at the Institute for Combustion Engines, RWTH. Before coming to Germany, I worked as an Assistant Manager at BALCO, India. And prior to that, I completed my bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at VNIT, Nagpur.

Studying abroad is very rewarding. You get to enjoy a completely new experience. Personally, I have become more independent. I can only recommend other students to go for it. Opportunities, world-class education, student-friendly environment, etc. make Germany a very attractive destination for students from all over the world.

As a Young Ambassador, I hope to meet, guide, and motivate other students to pursue their careers in Germany. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any of your queries.

Pranav Joshi
PhD – Molecular Biomedicine
University of Bonn
Scholarship: DAAD, FENS, BFB, and AFI
Home country: India
ya.pranav@daadindia.org

Pranav shares...

I am currently working as a research assistant at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Bonn, and pursuing a PhD (in Molecular Biomedicine) at the University of Bonn. So far, my experience of relocating to Germany has been wonderful because it has provided me a new perspective about the world and people, an understanding of new cultures, the opportunity to visit new places, and ultimately a sense of happiness earned through the learning experience.

Germany is in the heart of Europe and is well-connected by public transport. It has its own culture, history, education and is a great place to live in terms of weather, cost of living, and overall lifestyle.

The application process and subsequent selection for higher education institutions in Germany is highly competitive. Students frequently lack guidance during the application process, and after relocating, they quite often experience difficulties adjusting to a new environment in a new country.

With the Young Ambassador program, I have the opportunity to connect with highly motivated students to exchange knowledge and ideas, as well as to assist them with the application process and their educational goals. I will be happy to share my experiences with prospective students who are determined to pursue higher education in Germany to help them achieve their objectives.

Prashant Joshi
Master – Civil Aviation and Logistics
Technische Universität Dresden
Home country: India
ya.prashant@daadindia.org

Prashant shares...

I am pursuing a master’s in Civil Aviation and Logistics (Luftverkehr und Logistik) at Technical University Dresden. It is one of the TU9 excellence universities in Germany. A major part of this course deals with different technologies and instruments used in airplane components like a cockpit, fuselage, wings, jet-engines etc. and safety and security measures in airports and during flight with knowledge of terminal operations. And Logistics as minors mostly with planning and simulation.

My program is in the German language. Learning German is a perfect choice if you want to pursue your higher studies from Germany and want to work a professional in this field. I did an intermediate German language course in India, which enabled me to apply for German taught programs. And after I moved to Germany, I did an advanced-level German language course in Dresden. I also got selected for the Foreign Study grants program of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

Living in Germany has changed my world perspective. It has introduced me to a new society and culture. I now have friends from various countries who teach me new life skills every day. Germany introduced me to the charms of the holiday season, and I enjoyed Christmas like never before.

The International-Students Department at university is doing tremendous work to make student life hassle-free. You can always visit the student advisory committee for any help. Apart from it, various other bodies like ESN, AIESEC, Student Clubs (Hochschulgruppe) are there for you to network and enjoy the company of other international students.

I would recommend higher education in the Land of Ideas i.e. Germany not only for a better quality of education but also for a better world view, which is not always possible while living in your native country.

Rishabh Jain
Master – Biochemistry
University of Bonn
Home country: India
ya.rishabh@daadindia.org

Rishabh shares..

I am currently pursuing my Master studies in Biochemistry from the University of Bonn. I am interested in basic sciences and translational oncology research, especially in focus on liquid biopsy as a biomarker in head and neck cancer. Before my master degree, I graduated from Hansraj College, University of Delhi in Zoology.

Choosing Germany for masters was one of the best decisions of my life. Great research infrastructure, international collaborations and different funding opportunities, guidance from your supervisors and from the different working groups make your research more effective and innovative. The study environment is hassle-free with plenty of time to gain practical experience. I had the chance to use this to my benefit and hence would definitely recommend Germany as a great destination for aspiring students.

I, as a Young Ambassador, would like to help the  DAAD in promoting study and research in Germany and strengthening Indo-German relations. Feel free to drop me an email with your queries regarding research, studies, or life in Germany.

Roopam Shukla
Post-Doc Researcher – Climate Science & Policy, Natural Resource Mgt
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Scholarship: Erasmus plus for master exchange
Home country: India
ya.roopam@daadindia.org

Roopam shares...

Amalgamation of Lernfreiheit (Freedom to learn) and Lehrfreiheit (Freedom to teach)!
One of the central attributes of German education system is freedom, provided to the students that enables great degree of autonomy. Students have the freedom to develop critical thinking and to solve problems. This core attribute, in my opinion, is what differentiates the German education system from others thereby making Germany a ‘knowledge-based economy’. With freedom and knowledge at the core, the German education system is not market-driven. The government provides support for each student with almost negligible tuition fee. Such a structure is of great value for students form developing nations who cannot afford to spend on education.
This combined with other factors such as ethics and focus on key-skills make Germany a great place to study!
I have a Ph.D. and Masters in Climate Science and Policy from India. I am indeed happy to be a DAAD Young Ambassador. I have been living in Germany for about three years now. I am enjoying the German research culture, baking, and travelling in Europe whenever possible. I like to read and think critically about things I observe.
Please feel free to write to me for questions regarding higher studies and research in Germany.

Rumi Singh Maharjan
Master – Architecture
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Scholarship: DAAD Scholarship for Architecture
Home country: Nepal
ya.rumi@daadindia.org

Rumi shares...

Namaste! I am currently working as an architect at Rabindra Puri Foundation for Conservation. I completed my Bachelor in architecture from Tribhuvan University, Pulchowk Campus, Lalitpur, Nepal.

I always dreamt of going to Germany for my Master degree. The nominal university fees, financial independence from my parents, scholarship opportunity, best academic and research institutions, opportunity to travel in Europe, learning a new language and the prospect of meeting people from all over the world, all motivated me to apply to Germany. Receiving the “DAAD Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Architecture” has been the proudest moment of my life, which has opened a world of opportunities for me.

I lived in Germany for about four years where I completed my Master of Arts in Architecture from Dessau International Architecture Graduate School. I was awarded with “Robert Oxman Prize” 2018 for 3rd best thesis project. I worked in my university as a Teaching Assistant and then worked at Michels Architektur Buro, Berlin for a year.

My experience in Germany personally and professionally has been eye opening. I have grown as a person and as an architect. I look forward to inspiring, helping and motivating all young students who dream of going to Germany for higher education.

Shanika Yadav
PhD – Chemistry
Ruhr University Bochum
Scholarship: DAAD GSSP
Home country: India
ya.shanika@daadindia.org

Shanika shares...

I am doing my PhD in Chemistry at the Ruhr University, Bochum. I am a DAAD-RESOLV scholarship holder. Through this double affiliated scholarship, I have come across amazing people and unique opportunities.

Professionally, I am able to conduct my research in a top class-well equipped laboratory. My topic of research is quite interdisciplinary allowing me to work with collaborators from across the globe. Learning the German language catalysed my integration into the society. Hence, I definitely recommend learning a bit of the language, trust me, the effort would be worth it in the long run!

One of the many advantages of living in Germany is that I get opportunities to plan short trips across Europe and discover this beautiful continent. My life in Germany has been so far great, I have learnt a lot and developed myself greatly.

I am keenly interested in educating aspirants about life in Germany and supporting international students to take up courses here. I am always available for any specific guidance or may be just a casual discussion.

Cheers!

Sheila Dangol
Master – Water Resources and Environmental Management
Leibniz University Hannover
Scholarship: DAAD EPOS
Home country: Nepal
ya.sheila@daadindia.org

Sheila shares...

Guten Tag! Currently, I am working as a Research Associate at Kathmandu University. I completed my Master degree in Water Resources and Environmental Management (specialisation in Sanitary Engineering) from the Leibniz University of Hanover (LUH) in 2019.

Studying in Germany has been a wonderful experience. The up-to-date interdisciplinary course along with training workshops has strengthened my technical skills and knowledge. The competent professors at LUH were welcoming and helpful. Also, immersing in diverse cultures and meeting friends of different nationalities have enhanced my perspective. I felt like I have found my second home in Germany.

I am also grateful to have received the DAAD-EPOS scholarship, because of which, I could comfortably focus on my studies and had the opportunity of traveling to some countries in Europe. I would like prospective students to get a similar or even better benefits.

Though most of the information about the courses/life in Germany is available online, sometimes the application process can be confusing. I believe, being a DAAD YA will provide me a wider platform where I can guide prospective students in pursuing their higher studies and research activities at German universities.

Based on my experiences, I would be more than happy to share some practical tips on applying for a DAAD scholarship and on student life in Germany. Viel Glück!

Dr. Shvaita Madhuri
PhD – Biology
University of Konstanz
Scholarship: DAAD PhD
Home country: India
ya.shvaita@daadindia.org

Shvaita shares...

I completed M.Sc in Microbiology with a gold medal from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Further, I enrolled into another M.Tech programme in Agricultural Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. These Master’s courses prepared me to take my scientific voyage to the next level i.e. Doctoral studies.

I received full PhD scholarship from DAAD, that paved the way for me to go to “The land of ideas: Germany”. I started with an intensive 2-month German Language course at Munich, which was an incredible experience. As is said language connects you to the art and culture of the city – it indeed did work its magic. I was introduced to the university by the “Welcome Centre” for international students. They were immensely cordial with all administrative aspects. Once city registration and introductory week went by smoothly, actual “laboratory” time arrived. My supervisor and lab mates were extremely supportive. My research project involved molecular digging into beautiful, tiny, plant-like “diatoms”. The work ethics and research integrity were the most important learnings that helped me grow professionally. The scientific meetings were great opportunities to know my research circle as well as to bring some prizes back home. Additional research support from DAAD helped me to attend important scientific meetings.

Apart from work, there is an amazing “get-together” culture with live music concerts by my supervisor’s band. We used to go on weekly hiking trips, which was sometimes the best escape from “failing experiment trauma”.

The journey so far in this spectacular country has literally expanded my outlook, both at a personal and professional level, to which I am grateful to the DAAD. With pride, I would recommend higher studies in Germany and would love to help you with any questions, thus, feel free to drop in your queries.

Somashree Mondal
Master – Chemical Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Scholarship: DAAD KOSPIE
Home country: India
ya.somashree@daadindia.org

Somashree shares...

I have done my Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. When I started with it, I was gradually moving towards becoming determined  to pursue a PhD from abroad. My determination strengthened manifold  when I got an opportunity to do my master thesis in Germany under the DAAD-KOSPIE 2019-2020 scholarship and I did my thesis from RWTH Aachen University in functional polymeric materials.

Germany has a lot to offer in terms of science and technology. The research environment I experienced helped me improve my skills. Every aspect of the work was pre-planned and well organized. During my stay there, I learned the use of various cutting-edge scientific instruments. Presently, I am a PhD aspirant, and I aspire to go back to Germany for my PhD.

There are many prestigious universities, where one can pursue their higher education. There are also various scholarships under DAAD, which helps one in studying in Germany. I shall always encourage students to consider Germany as a suitable country for pursuing their studies. It has a lot to offer not only from educational aspects but also intercultural aspects. Also, the extremely efficient medical system and health insurance system is something I would not forget to mention.

I had a great time in Germany studying, learning German, making new friends, and travelling. I strongly encourage students  to aspire to study in Germany.

Soundarya Nagarajan
Master – Scientific Instrumentation
Ernst Abbe University of Jena
Scholarship: TU Dresden (DAAD)
Home country: India
ya.soundarya@daadindia.org

Soundarya shares...

I come from the Silicon Valley of India – Bangalore, Karnataka. I completed my Bachelor degree in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering in India and after working for about a year, I decided to pursue my Masters degree at the EAH Jena.

I came with basic German knowledge and had lots of scope to improve my German at my university and outside as well. After two semesters of classroom studies and practical labs, I gained experience working in research organisations for my internship and thesis. My expertise is in the field of E-Beam lithography, thin film technology, radiation processing and spectroscopy. I was also fortunate to receive the German Scholarship from the International Exchange Program between India and Germany. During this time, I also conducted workshops providing experimental training to Masters and PhD students in Arduino.

Studying in Germany, you get to enjoy the advantages of a student visa, travel across EU, low living costs with no tuition fees, world-class education, international culture, studying in English alongside learning a new language and many other benefits. Germany has personally developed a lot of confidence in me to live an independent life and develop my skills. Being a girl and my first ever foreign experience, Germany makes me feel secure and safe. It is also one of the best places to pursue a career with practice-oriented options, rich culture, and wonderful people. It has been two years now living in Germany and my impression on the quality of education and career opportunities has always been positive and has in fact increased with time.

As a Young Ambassador, I will be glad to share my experiences and use this platform to help young minds and motivate students to pursue their dreams in Germany. Feel free to write to me. Tschüss!

Triveni Jaysing Bhapkar
Master – Mechanical Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Home country: India
ya.triveni@daadindia.org

Triveni shares...

Wie geht’s? I am a master’s student at RWTH Aachen University, pursuing M.Sc. in Production Systems Engineering. Along with my studies, I am also working as an intern in Supply Chain Management. My zeal for art and culture drove me to learn the German language since high school and later choose Germany for my higher studies.

I firmly recommend Germany as a study destination, as being surrounded by other countries it provides an international atmosphere. I feel this helps to evolve oneself internationally and expand one’s horizon. Furthermore, you get quality education at top-ranked universities with almost zero to nominal tuition fees. With many funding and, scholarship programs, internship opportunities, flexible study completion period, meeting international students, and of course travel across Europe, indeed makes Germany a great place to study.

My two years of student life at RWTH Aachen, participation in extra-curricular activities, and an internship in a German firm have made me more confident, and passionate to do better every day. Since my experience here has swiftly transformed me into a better person, I am excited to share it and answer your questions regarding higher studies in Germany.

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