Interview with Ferdinand Diel (Erasmus+ student at ISCAL)

"I have always felt attached to Portugal. I have always admired Portuguese people and felt something special about them.", words of Ferdinand Diel who, coming from Würzburg, Germany, chose ISCAL to carry out his ERASMUS+ experience, despite never having been here before.

Attending the 4th semester of his degree in International Management, he has been in Lisbon since September 2019, he says he came here to admire the beauty and landscapes of our country, "especially cities like Lisbon, Braga or Porto, are wonderful". 

However, when Ferdinand exchanged his city in Germany for Lisbon and ISCAL, he says he noticed a big difference, because "the universities there are very formal and cold. Students are treated like numbers and there is no interaction between teachers and students. ISCAL is exactly the opposite. It's a familiar institution that focuses on a strong relationship between teachers and students and you always feel welcomed when entering the school.

From ISCAL and the classes also end up highlighting the quality of the teaching, mentioning the teachers who were "specialists in their academic fields and with a lot of knowledge", and the practical part of the classes, which he says was incredible, because it gives the opportunity to the students who have more difficulties in the theoretical part, because it is not their strongest, to improve and have better grades. 

Both from ISCAL and from the city, Ferdinand only has to say well and ends up confessing that it is difficult to choose what he has enjoyed the most. "The whole experience here has been amazing. Experiencing the Portuguese culture and behaviour has been really interesting and exciting".

Ferdinand Diel is thus a young student who, like many others, recommends the ERASMUS+ programme because it offers the advantage of studying in a new environment, outside your comfort zone, and also gives you the opportunity to learn new cultures, new languages and meet many colleagues from other countries. 

"It's a great experience to grow as a person and reflect on yourself": this is how the student describes this enriching international experience.

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