Make Friends for Life
"So much has happened since I started at the university. There's been a lot of upheaval, but like in a good way, looking back at it now. Things weren't always easy when I first started, but I found a lot of support really quickly. I've met just the best people here; I discovered a love for rock climbing and also made friends doing that. It's a very warm and friendly environment here and you can also get out into nature really easily. Everything is close by - like the Alps for snowboarding or just to go on vacation."
Business Informatics PLUS
"I already had a college degree from before, but we were always in a classroom learning about these abstract theories and I felt like I was missing practical experience. Like how am I supposed to apply all this stuff I've learned when I go to work at a real company? That's why I decided to start working on a second degree at RWU. You get a lot more hands-on experience in class here. You practice using the techniques and tools that you learn about. I feel like I can actually apply the knowledge I get here. And that also motivates me to learn stuff on my own and go beyond the material provided by my professors. College shows you what career opportunities are out there but you have to actually try stuff out for yourself to get a feeling for what you want to do after graduation. Here at RWU, I can try things out on my own and find out where I want to go in life."
"I had done an apprenticeship before I started at RWU. Going to college after that was a step in a very different direction but I wanted to do something more creative, professionally that is, and I was also just interested to see if university was something for me - move to a new city, meet new people, and experience something totally new. We spend most of our time in the Media Design program working on projects. Project work teaches you how to work as part of a team and how to assess your own strengths and weaknesses. How do I allocate my time? Do I bite off more than I can chew or am I not ambitious enough? By the end of the project, something cool always comes out of it. The best part of the semester for me is at the end when everyone sees everyone else's project and you get to show off what you've done."
Small Class Sizes
"I've learned how to be more organized and also how to motivate myself better. And I can always get help if I need it, whether from the student council or from the professors. It's usually easy to find someone you can talk to because the university isn't some big, bureaucratic labyrinth. I appreciate that. I think the location is great, with all the old buildings and the basilica. I feel like I have a good grip on what's going on here - not just where everything is located, but also personal connections on campus. You don't feel anonymous here and that also shows when you go to lectures. The class sizes are smaller. If you have a question, you're more likely to ask if you're in a small group than if you had to ask in front of 300 people in an auditorium."
Business Administration and Management
"When I first came to RWU a year and a half ago, two things stood out to me right away - all of the natural green spaces around Weingarten and the international atmosphere on campus. The people at RWU are open-minded and have a global perspective. There are students from so many different countries here and it creates a really cool environment. I'm always happy when I can meet people from different cultures. It feels like the students all stick together. Everyone supports each other and makes sure that no one gets left behind. It's a give and take type of thing here."
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Benefit from Experience
"The thing I like most about RWU is that it's like a big family. You can get to know everyone here if you want. And if you want to get involved, you can be a part of shaping the university. We have professors who are unbelievably committed, who are always willing to listen and offer help and advice. The different faculties here are home to some super talented people. And I really appreciate the competence and professional expertise because you benefit from that as a student. Our lecturers have real world professional experience, they're not just teaching us theories. That adds an enormous amount of value to the education you get here."
"It's always a challenge to meet new people when you move to a new place. I started at RWU during the pandemic but despite that I was still able to get to know some really great people. There's this group on campus called "kreaktiv" and it's basically like a corporate consulting firm but run by students. I joined my first semester and right from the beginning I felt at home there and it allowed me to make some friends. Getting involved in extracurricular stuff really helps me to learn something new every day, both professionally and personally. I'm able to get a feel for subjects and fields that aren't currently on my schedule. I don't think you have to go to the huge universities with the biggest names just to prove something. I think it's better when everything is a bit more personal and you see familiar faces around campus."
Business Administration and Management
Create Something New
"If you're looking for a space to experiment and develop as a person, you'll find it here. We have a student makerspace called HOME where you can create prototypes; it's all about using your imagination to build something new, to acquire knowledge, and to learn in your own way. Collaborating with other students at HOME has taught me things that I would never have been able to learn inside a classroom. I've learned a lot about myself - what brings me joy; what really motivates me. I've learned to be open to new experiences and overcome my inhibitions. Then I realized during my internship semester that the lessons HOME has taught me can also be applied to my work life. Now I know that I want to get involved and take some risks, wherever I am."
Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems
Collaborate with Industry Partners
"I wanted to go to a small university where you are more than just a number. I like this region, Lake Constance, and also how close you are to the mountains and the city of Ravensburg-Weingarten. It's not too big, not overwhelming, you can get everywhere easily by bike. At RWU we work together in groups a lot on practical projects and together with partners directly from the industry - it's all very closely tied to real-world business scenarios. The team approach is great and the direct feedback really fuels your self-confidence. There are also a lot of opportunities to think outside the box and broaden your horizons outside of class. I've learned a lot through my involvement with the Formula Student racing team. It's exciting to see the cars being built and to work on them. They gave me responsibilities almost as soon as I joined. There's a lot of passion and team spirit behind the whole thing."
Business Administration and Entrepreneurship