Exchange student University of Sydney Edgar Schwarz
Starting in February 2020, I was going to conduct my master thesis at the University of Technology Sydney. At our partner University, Hugh Fullagar (together with Sabrina Forster) was very helpful in organizing my stay in Australia. Another supporting institution was the international office in Saarbrücken in form of Wolfgang Heintz. After a few setbacks, they always came up with new solutions. I did my part in making sure I have all the qualifications (grades, language test, experiences, letters of support) to finally get me invited as a Visiting Scholar and granted a DAAD-scholarship DAAD called UdS-mobil. In Sydney, I was working as a Research Assistant on two projects with Hugh Fullagar, of which one became my master thesis. Again, working in the same environment and hanging with international PhD students and lecturers outside work gave me valuable insights on academic life and careers. Hugh Fullagar was a great mentor helping me achieve my own goals at UTS, but also always encouraging me to make valuable experiences outside university. Overall, the time in Australia was a perfect mix between working and learning at UTS and exploring the beautiful country with newfound friends.