Emma from Spain (Winter Semester 2007/2008)
When I arrived in Remagen, my first impression was: What a beautiful landscape, and a campus right next to the river Rhein! And then I understood the name of the Campus "RheinAhrCampus"!
When I had to decide which courses to do I was very happy that there was lots to choose from and there were even courses in English. We were offered a course of basic German at the campus in Koblenz with other exchange students. It was great to meet other Erasmus students and have contact with people living in other towns nearby, because Remagen is a small town and may be a bit boring at weekends, but this is not a real problem because we get a student ticket so we can travel to Köln, Bonn or Koblenz for free.
At the beginning, when I started to go to classes at RheinAhrCampus, I was a bit lost because the system of teaching at this campus is based on student participation in class and team work, and I was used to my Spanish university, where you listen to the teacher until the lesson has finished. I realized that the system here in Remagen was much better for learning, but of course you work more because you have to study every day. It is not only studying for the exam at the end of the semester.
The other thing that is great about RheinAhrCampus is that the classes are small, and there are small groups of students in each class, which makes learning and understanding easier because it is nearly like having a private tutor, and of course it is easier to get to know everyone in class and make friends. The campus is like a village where everyone gets to know each other, and you feel as if you belong to a big family. There is a very friendly atmosphere on campus, it is like in a sports team where everyone will offer to help you and guide you, but you have to be prepared to do it on your own.
My experience at RheinAhrCampus has been the best learning semester abroad. I totally recommend the experience of a semester at RheinAhrCampus. For me, it was too short so I ended up staying for a second semester.