At the beginning of the winter semester 2017/18, about fifty CDTF students packed their bags and headed from Qingdao to Paderborn – each one with a different objective: some will, upon having successfully completed their basic studies at the CDTF, continue with their advanced studies in mechanical engineering in Paderborn, some will enroll in the Bachelor’s program “Industrial Engineering” and others intend to advance their German language skills in a DSH course offered at Paderborn University or take preparatory courses first before starting their respective Bachelor’s or Master’s programs.
These entry seminars were specifically designed by Karina Rohlfing and Dr. Josef Noeke to provide the new students with important information on their study programs and German language courses. Shen Aonan – almost done with his Bachelor’s program and thus an experienced student – explained the Bachelor’s program in Mechanical Engineering using sample schedules of the five different majors offered at Paderborn University. He presented his own first schedule, giving helpful advice on setting up an individual schedule. Students of Industrial to have selected this study program. Sebastian Hren, responsible for PAUL support in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, used a “test students” for step-by-step instructions on registration and registration deadlines for classes and exams. Chinese students are not familiar with such an independent organization of their schedules; while they have a set schedule at their home university, at Paderborn University, they are required to design their own schedule choosing from a large selection of courses and register electronically.
Thanks to the commitment of the “Association of Chinese students”, every one of the new students could be provided with housing prior to their arrival – despite the tense housing market in Paderborn. Member of the association also assisted the students upon their arrival with appointments at the city hall, banks and with the registration process at the International Office. This comprehensive and committed support provided by their experienced fellow students enabled the newly arrived students to fully focus on their studies and language courses after only a few days of settling in.