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Maria Soltesova, UCT Prague, ročník 4

Faculty FCHI
Field of study Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
Field of internship Chemistry, Material Science, and Chemical Engineering
Specialization of InternshipMaterials Engineering
Internship period (from - to) 01.05.-31.07.2023
Internship duration (weeks) 13
Transport (means, price) Flixbus, 16-32€
Insurance/Insurance company DAAD
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) No
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Germany, Erlangen
Internship reference number DE/2023-3027-3

About the country

Location of the place

Bavaria, Germany. It takes about 4:30h by bus from Prague to get there or 3:30h by car.


I lived in both Erlangen (2 months) and Nuremberg (1 month).

Erlangen has a population of 120k people of which about 30k are students. It felt much smaller in my opinion as you can easily walk/cycle (almost) everywhere and it had a lot of greenery which was super nice, especially in the summer heat. If you are there in June, definitely go check out the Bergkirchweih festival as it is the second largest one in Bavaria (after Oktoberfest). However, except for that, there was not much to be seen or to do and I mostly spent my time travelling elsewhere.

I much preferred Nuremberg as it is much bigger and I never got bored of its beautiful medieval architecture.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

If you live in Erlangen, definitely go visit Nuremberg, it's only 25-30 min by train. Apart from that, I would also recommend to go to Bamberg (also super close), Munich (including trip to the Neuschwanstein castle), Leipzig, Berlin (a bit further away but worth it for sure) or Lindau. I didn't like Stuttgart that much but that's also an option.

If you like nature you can visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen or go to the Frankonian Switzerland for a hike.



I worked at the Institute of Particle Technology at FAU. The labs were modern, safe and equipped with everything you need. I got to work with a lot of people there, which was super nice as I also got to know a lot about their research and culture (there are many international students).

Work description

I worked on special nanoparticles and my task was to find a way to tune their optical properties and make them more stable. This included techniques such as wet colloidal synthesis, extinction spectrometry and SEM.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

My salary was 934€/month, which was sufficient, however, I got paid in only two instalments (1401€+1401€) during those three months so be aware you might need to have more money upfront to cover your expenses until you get your first salary.

Language requirements

I have B1 German and I didn't use it at all, the majority of people there speak English well.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

The accommodation in Erlangen was provided by IAESTE and the cost was 290€/month. Don't expect much for this price, however...

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

There were many summer reception events in June, July and August (almost too many!) so I recommend you to come during this time if you can. Some of them are in the neighbouring countries too.

Meeting other foreign students

The other interns were all friendly and I am still in contact with some of them. Usually, our schedules were pretty similar, and we often met after work/during lunch.

Sport and culture

If you like hiking and cycling you will definitely get along with the Germans well. As I mentioned above, Erlangen (and also Nuremberg) are bike-friendly and there is a lot to explore in the surrounding nature.

Food, local specialties

Spezi, spezi, spezi

and beer!

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

With EU roaming you can use your cellular data and everything at no extra cost.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Travel, travel, travel - Germany is huuuuge and there is a lot to explore. Get a Deutschland ticket or something if you can and be patient with DB!

What not to forget with you

Strong nerves to fight the German bureaucracy :D

Benefits of the internship

I got to know new people from all around the world and their cultures, I also improved my English speaking skills and got to experience how it is to live in the biggest country in Europe.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

10/10, everyone was super helpful

Overall experience with IAESTE

Again, 10/10, I'm glad I got the opportunity to live in another country and that I didn't have to do everything by myself.

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