MOVIE INDUSTRY: German cinema

Culture By 8 junio, 2016 No Comments

Doris Dörrie always prefered to make movies about other countries than Germany, although in Europe it is currently very fashionable to make fun about your own culture, to produce comedies. Her relation with Spain is tight, she speaks fluentliy Spanish. Her husband Helge Weindler died 1996 in Spain during the shooting of ¿Bin ich schön?: “I did not know what to do.” She made a movie to overcome this tragic event:  Augenblick – Moment. The German movie director was definetely inspired by Spain.  But lately she tells a lot of stories about Japan, a culture which she believes is very similar to the German, but also very different in many things: “Our history has things in common, our way to overcome sorrow and to appreciate life not.” 

ETH ZURICH: Pioneer Fellowship at the best university in Switzerland

Study By 5 junio, 2016 No Comments

A “Pioneer Fellowship” is a fellowship that is awarded to one or two individuals intending to perform applied research leading towards a product or service that is based on their own, previous research. Pioneer Fellowships are not awarded for basic research. Given the limited number of fellowships available in a given year, they are the result of a competitive process to ensure the innovation potential of the successful application.

VIENNA: City of modern architecture

Living By 4 junio, 2016 No Comments

Starting in the 1960s, Viennese post-war architecture has set new accents in the city. In the 1980s and 1990s, revolutionary residential buildings were proposed. And in the first decade of the 21st century, new architectural landmarks arose in Vienna, such as the MuseumsQuartier and Danube City

PARIS: tipping in Paris

Living By 4 junio, 2016 No Comments

Is France a tipping country? One of the questions foreigners often forget to look up before they’re faced with a bill is what the tipping customs are in the place they’re visiting. Americans are used to adding a tip to pretty much every check they’re presented with, but most of us know that’s not how things are done elsewhere. How things are done, however, is often a mystery. So, what are the rules for tipping in Paris? Thankfully, there are all kinds of good resources online nowadays to help answer this question – because it’s not as straightforward as you might think. Even if you’ve traveled through other parts of Europe (or even other parts of France), you’ll want to pay attention to how to tip in Paris, because things are done a little differently in the French capital.

EUROPEAN LITERATURE: The story of Natascha Kampusch

Culture By 3 junio, 2016 1 Comment

We nearly have forgotten about her. But Natascha Kampusch is still a very tragic victim of kidnapping and then media interest. It was 10 years ago when the brave young girl managed to escape from its cruel kidnapper that kept her as a prisioner for ten years. Stefanie Claudia Müller interviews the literature expert Arantza Méndez Aguirre about the auto-biography of Natascha Kampusch.

DAAD: Studying abroad and in Germany

Study By 2 junio, 2016 No Comments

If you are planning to spend a year or semester abroad, the best idea is to go through a program. It not only helps with the bureaucracy but often includes some sort of financial support. There are plenty of opportunities to receive funding. The best place for advice is your university’s administration which can inform you about national or even university-specific programs. If you want to come to Germany, there are also numerous programs organized fully or in part from the host country.