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Bc Milada Teubnerová, UCT Prague,ročník 4
About the country
Location of the place
Karlsruhe has about 300 000 inhabitants. It is a big university city with a good conection to Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Konstanz and the Black Forest.
Surroundings (possible trips, ...)
Rhein valley, France, Stuttgart, Konstanz, Black Forest, Heidelberg, Freiburg. It is usual here to ride a bike.
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Institut for technical chemistry and polymer chemistry.
Syntesis, post-modification and characterization of MOF (molecular organic frameworks)
Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)
650 euro which is enough for living and also some trips. Unfortunately in case of voluntary intership the DAAD will not pay the insurances and the employer takes it from the salary. In total the insurances are about 120 euros per month.
Only english, german is a good help.
Accommodation (price, who provided it)
240 euro/month, Iaeste - university dormitories. Eight rooms/people share a kitchen, two toilets and two showers. In each room is table, bed, wardrobe, mirror and basin.
Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)
I arrived at Karlsruhe ralway station, IAESTE member picked me up and went with me to my place. Next day was a small trip to the town. First day of work an other IAESTE member went with me and helped me to find the right office. At the weekends there were usually some smaller or bigger events. Trip to places in surroundings, barbecue... Every Monday was a meeting in some pub.
Meeting other foreign students
In IAESTE events or also some private events with other foreign students. During the summer - special IAESTE weekends in surroudings towns.
Sport and culture
Karlsruhe is a big city, everyone can find the right opportinity for her/him.
Food, local specialties
Quite a good beer (they are used to Radlers - be careful). Food very similar to ours just their love to all kinds of sauses was in some combinations strange.
Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic
At the dormitories is internet, unfortunatelly you need a cable. Otherwise wifi at work and on some special places in the town is free wifi.
Recommendations for students who will go to the same place
Take a lock for a bike and tell the IAESTE members about your desire to bike as soon as posible. The tram is quite expensive (2.40 euro for one ride, 60 euros for monthly ticket). More to that every student coming to Germany should arrange that the intersip would be compulsory part of study, so he/she won't pay the insurances on his/her own.
What not to forget with you
Lock for a bike. Some small things (for example kez tags) from the Czech Republic, as well as beer if possible.
Benefits of the internship
Comunication skills in both english and german. Getting new friends and learning about foreign countries and their habbits. Of course learning new things at work.
Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country
Great, any problem wasn't too big for them. Even with the salary they try to help as much as they could.
Overall experience with IAESTE
I was afraid but at the end I don't know why. Just go, it is a great opportunity. The people are nice in case of any trouble the employer or the Local Centre is able to help. More to that I would say you would never be able to get abroad for such a long time for such a money.
If you have any questions just write me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful links
Public transport: www.kvv.de
Eventhough I didn't get the insurances from DAAD and I was missing the money the LC Karlsruhe was able to provide me some extra money. At the end I was able to enjoy the stay.