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A Year Abroad: Hamburg & Helsinki

My year abroad has been one of the best years of my life. I went into it not knowing really what to expect and just sort of throwing myself in, knowing that it would at least probably benefit my career prospects, and I came out with so much more than I could have ever imagined.

I never intended to go abroad when I applied to study Law at university, but in my second year I went to a talk on studying abroad and was particularly attracted to a Law School (Bucerius Law School) in Hamburg, Germany, and its semester long program in business and comparative law. I felt that I couldn’t turn down this once in a lifetime opportunity, especially since you get an Erasmus grant (which works out at about £200 per month) and so I applied, and was delighted to be accepted. Since I had to go abroad for one year I had to choose where to go to for the second semester and decided on the University of Helsinki, Finland, in the end as it was somewhere totally different and the university also looked impressive after researching it online.

As the second largest city in Germany, Hamburg is vibrant with something for everyone. The Law School, located in the middle of beautiful botanical gardens, is extremely smart and very organised and I met some incredible people from all over the world there. I also got the chance to study interesting law modules from experts in their field, which I would never have had the chance to study here. Hamburg is an incredibly lively and interesting place to live, with an excellent nightlife (with its infamous Reeperbahn).

As in Finland, nearly everyone spoke English so the language was never a problem, although I did get the chance to use some of the German I knew from A-level (if only a minimal amount!) Because I was going in and out of university, like a local student would, I didn’t feel like an outsider like you might when you go to a foreign country on holiday. I really felt immersed in the German culture. The Law School put on lots of things to do, from tours around the city, to movie nights, to a trip to Berlin and Postdam during the week long break. They also gave us student cards, which gave us free/subsidised access to museums, art galleries, operas and ballets. Oktoberfest was celebrated during my stay of course and around Christmas time Hamburg was full of Christmas markets and we all drank far too much Glühwein!

It was a tough feat to beat my incredible experience in Hamburg, but Helsinki did it. I didn’t really know anything about the Scandinavian countries before I went there; they generally keep themselves to themselves. But they are great places to live, although it’s slightly more expensive there. Helsinki is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most handsome cities. It has wide open spaces, grand buildings, shopping centres and is surrounded by water on three sides.

The weather was a big change, with a lot of darkness, temperatures as low as minus 30, and enormous amounts of snow, for at least the first few months. But the infrastructure in Finland was such that despite all this it was easy to go in and out of university every day because there were underground networks and the roads and paths were constantly cleared.

Study: A woman's sex drive begins to plummet

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Once she is in a secure relationship.
Researchers from Germany found that four years into a relationship, less than half of 30-year-old women wanted regular sex.
Conversely, the team found a man's libido remained the same regardless of how long he had been in a relationship.
Writing in the journal Human Nature, the scientists said the differences resulted from how humans had evolved.
Dr Dietrich Klusmann, lead author of the study and a psychologist from Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital, believed the differences were down to human evolution

The University of North Carolina Press In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939
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GRIN Verlag Intercultural Education and Its Effects on Immigrant Integration: A Case Study of the Secondary System in Hamburg, Germany
Book (GRIN Verlag)
Cambridge University Press Religious Toleration and Social Change in Hamburg, 1529-1819 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History)
Book (Cambridge University Press)
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