A semester in Italy

Felix Ulherr shares his formative experiences while studying abroad in Sweden. Discover how lectures and cultural experiences enriched his life.
[Photo: Felix Ulherr]

"I learnt a lot about Italy and the different cultures".

My studies at "Università degli Studi di Trento" went very well. I was generally very positively surprised by the teaching and organisation at this university. The level of the lectures was sometimes very demanding, especially for non-specialists in the IT faculty. It was very easy to socialise with many other students. There are also quite a lot of international students. I was able to learn a lot about Italy and the different cultures. I also had exchanges with many other Europeans, which was really good.

With 6 credits, you have two courses per week, each lasting two full hours. These are used differently depending on the lecturer (between 1.5 and 2 hours per course). There was usually a short break after about 45 minutes. The Introduction to climate change lecture only took place in the last six weeks of the semester due to the availability of the professors, so there were up to four lectures lasting up to three hours. Officially, all lectures are held in person. Sometimes, however, there was an online transmission or recording, which the university no longer officially wants. There are usually only lectures and no tutorials like in Stuttgart.

Trento is a small, beautiful city in the Alps with lots of nature and numerous outdoor activities such as sports. However, there are hardly any clubs and parties end at 2am at the latest. In summer it gets very humid in the city, some Italians say that Trento feels like one of the hottest cities in Italy. Trentino is a relatively rich region in Italy, so there is no shortage of anything here and there is little crime. The atmosphere in the city is very pleasant.

My room in a shared flat cost 350 euros warm, which is a bit cheaper than many others (usually around 400 to 500 euros). I found it relatively easy to find accommodation, there doesn't seem to be such a shortage of flats for students. I made sure that I had a single room. Double rooms are also common in Italy, but they only cost 200 to 250 euros.

I can only recommend an Erasmus stay in Trento. I had reservations at first, because it is of course a certain amount of effort, but it is really worth it.

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