My IILM experience – Yvonne Küper, ISM Dortmund, Germany (January 2016 to April 2016)
Going abroad is always a great experience and by choosing India and especially IILM for my semester abroad was definitely the best choice for many different reasons.
One thing that I appreciate most about the Indian culture is the hospitality, which I never experienced before in this way in any other country. As long as it is possible for them they help, advise, and guide you through all kinds of situation. This goes in particular to IILM, its faculty, staff and its students.
I was able to stay at the girls hostel here on the campus for the last three month and it was really comfortable and fun, since you get in touch with so many different girls and it was really nice to have some late night girls talks or just watching a movie.
When the semester started I first had to get used to only having two or three classes a day, since in Germany I basically spend most of my day sitting in lectures, but it was really nice as you could totally focus on the classes of the day and therefore put more effort in each of it. During this semester I did not only learned more theories and skills, but what I enjoyed most was the active group discussions and experiencing the different points of view and therefore also more of the Indian culture, as they perceive some things different than us Europeans. Another great thing about the educational part at IILM is the continuous feedback that you give but also receive in terms of the lectures, rough drafts of coursework, and discussions. Also the teachers really care about their students, as you are always welcome to go to their cabin or to e-mail them in order to ask questions.
Besides my studies I was also able to enjoy my free time over here and one of my favorite memories so far was visiting the Taj Mahal, as it is truly majestic and the atmosphere around there, even though it is a very crowded place, is truly breath taking.
I really enjoyed my time here at IILM and in India and therefore I look forward to come back to visit some time, as there are still a lot more things to experience.