International Day at LMU
There are many good reasons for students to leave home, among them the Erasmus program, language courses and internships. LMU’s International Day points out the best ways for students to get abroad.
There is an enormous range of opportunities for students to supplement their education, and benefit in lots of other ways, by spending time learning new skills and new worlds abroad. And more than 30 agencies involved in international student placement will be presenting their wares and dispensing advice at LMU‘s International Day. Representatives of foreign universities such as Venice International University will be on hand, as well as language-course providers, LMU’s Career Service and much more.
People who have lived and worked abroad have proven that they are flexible and resilient – employers appreciate that. “When I speak with company representatives, they regularly emphasize the importance of a spell in a foreign country in a job-seeker’s resumée. Personnel departments are looking for people who have demonstrated that they are self-starters and can find their own way,” says Harald David of LMU’s International Office. Spending a semester studying abroad is an ideal way of acquiring this qualification. And International Day shows LMU students how they can arrange to do so. Programs such as Erasmus or LMUexchange make it possible for students to participate in international exchanges with over 500 partner universities virtually anywhere in the world. For those whose dream destination is not among them, commercial placement agencies can step into the breach. Their services cost money, but they offer a number of advantages: If a student wishes to study at a university with which LMU does not have an official exchange agreement, the placement service takes cares of the registration formalities, arrange for the necessary visa, and in some cases can even obtain a rebate on tuition fees.
Language courses are naturally a very popular choice among students who are studying subjects that require high-level language skills. As a rule, for instance, people enrolled in Japanese Studies attend a 1-year language course in Japan. “But a good knowledge of a second or third language – such as English – is useful to almost everyone,” says David, who is responsible for organizing the International Day at LMU. Students who have come from abroad and wish to improve their German will also find plenty to interest them on International Day: Deutsch-Uni Online, for example, has special German courses for students and researchers/academics on offer.
Students looking for a professional job experience relevant to their future careers are best advised to look for an internship abroad. “The first port of call for those looking for a suitable internship is the website Student und Arbeitsmarkt set up by LMU’s Career Service,” says David. Among the many other possibilities are the German-Canadian Association and the AIESEC, which can also arrange such placements. “And if you can’t decide between a studying and gaining practical experience, you can always do both,” David says, adding that students usually have enough time to do an internship after completion of a semester abroad.
LMU’s International Day takes place on April 27th 2016 in the Atrium in the Main Building and the event is open from 9.30 until 16.30. Further information on opportunities to study abroad will be available on May 2nd in an International Office Online Lecture, which provides an introduction to the topic and discusses the costs and sources of finance. The live-chat format enables students to have their questions relating to studies abroad.