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Worms: Practice-Oriented Study, Student festivals and dragons

Worms is among the three oldest cities in Germany and is located near Mainz in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The university boasts a modern campus with ideal advising services, and the cost of living is quite affordable.

by Sophie Nagel

Nibelung bridge © Nagel/DAAD
Nibelung bridge . © Nagel/DAAD

Facts & Figures

Inhabitants:
79,207
Students:
13,629
Universities:
1
Monthly rent:
325 €
Tip:
Listen to a reading about ancient heroes and legends at the Nibelung Museum!
Website:
www.worms.de

Welcome to Worms

Worms looks back on an eventful history. It is known as the “City of Luther” after Martin Luther and is famous for its central role in the heroic Nibelung saga. All over town you’ll spot statues and pictures of dragons and the dragon slayer Siegfried, who was celebrated as a German national hero in the 19th century.

The university in Worms maintains numerous partnerships with well-known corporations and international institutions of higher education. It also benefits greatly from its advantageous location between the Rhine-Neckar and the Rhine-Main metropolitan regions. The degree programmes offer students practice-oriented application throughout and opportunities to establish valuable professional contacts when starting one’s career. The university campus is relatively new and compact. The student advising services are optimal.

Dragon statue © Nagel/DAAD
Dragon statue . © Nagel/DAAD

Logistics, trade, services, chemical production and plastic manufacturing are among the most important business sectors in Worms. Metal production, mechanical engineering and the woodworking industry also play a significant role in Worms’ economy.

The faculties of Computer Science, Tourism and Travel Management and Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms provide a strong basis for application-oriented research. The Center for Technology Transfer and Telecommunication (ZTT) plays an integral role in the areas of research and technology transfer.

Town wall und Raschi Gate © Nagel/DAAD
Town wall und Raschi Gate . © Nagel/DAAD

Atop the highest hill in the city, you will spot the most famous landmark in Worms, St. Peter’s Cathedral. It is one of three existing Romanic imperial cathedrals and dates back to the 12th century. Another impressive building is the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), built in the 13th century. It’s considered to be the best-preserved example of purely Gothic sacral architecture between Strasbourg and Cologne.

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Living in Worms

The big advantage about living in Worms is that it’s quite affordable. The university, albeit somewhat small, has a relatively high percentage of international students. Consequently, you’ll quickly meet many people who are in the same boat as you. The university also invites foreign students to participate in a tandem programme, which provides a good opportunity to make new contacts.

Town Hall © Nagel/DAAD
Town Hall . © Nagel/DAAD

Every year, the university organises an International Day, at which students from around the world present their customs and cultures. You can meet many people there at the dances, sing-alongs and fashion shows. On the first day of summer, a Midsummer Night’s Flea Market is held on campus. Other popular events include Bike Day, the FH Ball and the Roman Games.

My tip

Listen to a reading about ancient heroes and legends at the Nibelung Museum. After that, take a trip to Herrnsheim Castle where you’ll find the stone statue of the dragon slayer Siegfried.

The university itself is home to an important venue of Worms’ nightlife – the student pub Taberna (or “Tab” for short). It’s located directly on campus and is run by students for students. In the meantime, it’s so popular that young people come here from far and wide. You can meet up with your friends here every Thursday. The Show Night is a very popular event as well, organised once a year by students.

When the weather is nice, you can hang out with your friends at the Strandbar on the Rhine promenade. Fans of electronic music should go dancing at Fourknox on Karmeliterstrasse. You can have lots of fun at the “Old Berlin”, an old bus which has been converted into a rock and pop venue near the old Rhine Bridge.

Between studying and going out in your free time, you might want to get involved in the student council in your faculty, the AStA or the student government.

Interview with Alena from Belarus

Alena Shchatsinka is 24 years old and is a second-semester student of Trade Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms.

Alena from Belarus © Nagel/DAAD
Alena from Belarus . © Nagel/DAAD

Why did you decide to study in Worms?

It was a spontaneous decision. When I came to Germany, to Heidelberg, almost three years ago, I only wanted to stay for a year as an au-pair. I thought it would be hard to apply to university in a foreign country and get your life organised here. But then I quickly made lots of new friends who also wanted to study in Germany or who were already studying. That’s when I got interested in the degree programme in Worms.

What do you like about your degree programme?

The curriculum allows me to combine the lecture phases with the practice exercises, and that way I can learn how various working processes function during my studies. In my degree programme, they also require that all students complete a semester of study abroad.

What surprised you most about living in Worms?

I thought I’d have a hard time adjusting to life in a new city after moving here from Heidelberg. But everything went relatively smoothly. Worms fascinates me with its history, cultural value and numerous landmarks that you can visit. Even after a whole year, I keep discovering new places in town which show me that Worms is a very beautiful, familiar and historic city. My friends and I can spend our time here very pleasantly indeed.

What advice do you have to make leaving home easier?

When I was still in Belarus and was preparing for my trip to Germany, I could hardly imagine what life would be like in another country. It’s best not to worry too much about your new life abroad.

Everything works relatively easily. I get to know many new people through my programme who help me better understand that I have to always be open to new things. Despite the long distance, I keep in close contact with my family and friends. We talk very often on Skype and keep each other up to date on the latest news. I’m simply looking forward to what’s heading my way. Worms is never boring, I think it’s just great.

How do you finance your studies?

I work at the International Office. I also received the Germany Scholarship this year.

What’s the best way to come in contact with other students?

Student parties are held on campus every Thursday at “Taberna”. Of course, you can meet fellow students during your lectures and at the dining hall. The university also offers various seminars in which you can get to know students in other degree programmes and different semesters.

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