The University of Augsburg - Some First Impressions
All of the people I interviewed had a positive first impression of the University of Augsburg. According to one Erasmus-student, it is an “enormous building” and “seems quite old, too”, but also it doesn't “frighten” or “discourage” the passer-by or visitor.
According to a 1st semester student, the campus is filled with many busy, stressed people on the one hand, and lots of beautiful old trees on the other. Two "Lehramt" students emphasised how narrow the hallways are when many people pass at the same time. According to the Erasmus-student, the central building is very “impractical” and just like a “labyrinth”: The different floors look so similar that you can easily lose orientation. All students like the learning environment very much, especially the library, which is big and perfectly equipped. They also like the beautiful campus with its trees, benches and grassy areas all around the different buildings.
A “jewel” of the University is the “Arts building”, which is newly built and filled with beautiful examples of students’ art. Also the park is very popular – and not only within the student-community.
According to a mother, going for a walk through the park with her small son, it is an important place to relax and also to run around and play.Therefore there should be a bit more focus on the cleanliness of the lake – for example, cleaning up the old leaves that swim all over the surface lake and make it look muddy. In addition to the popularity of the appearance of the campus (buildings+nature), the friendly attitude of the campus workers, passers-by and students is loved by every single interviewee. According to the Erasmus-student, students and teachers are extremely friendly in Augsburg. There’s only one big, and sad, difference – the contact between students and teachers in Germany is not so close it is in Finland, for example, where she studied. And last, but not least, a big criticism should also be mentioned – the bureaucracy in the Uni Augsburg. The more experienced students especially hate the bureaucracy and the “struggle” to get a place in their preferred courses each semester.