Tudor is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree at Hannover Medical School. He found the programme and enrolled via StudyPortals. We asked Tudor about his experience of searching and applying to a university abroad.
My name is Tudor, I am 26 years old and I come from Moldova, a former Soviet Republic member in the Eastern Europe. I am a Ph.D. student from the Technical University of Moldova. Thanks to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship programme, I have the possibility to study abroad. My programme is structured between Moldova and Germany.
A part of the research is done in Chisinau at the Technical University of Moldova, and another part in Hannover at the Medical School. During my studies abroad, I have a great opportunity to travel around and to learn not only how science is working in other countries, but also to make a lot of new and sustainable connections with amazing people from all over the world who share the same ideas as me.
Choosing the university, you want to study abroad is an easy and a difficult task at the same time. There are a lot of great universities around, waiting for inspired people. In my case, I wanted an interdisciplinary field of study, namely the applications of nanotechnology in the medical field. With a background in microelectronics technology and nanotechnology from the Technical University of Moldova, I was looking for a place to study cells technology, tissue engineering, and biotechnology. All of these possibilities I found at Hannover Medical School, in Germany, with the financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service. Hannover is a nice and green city, surrounded by forests, where I enjoy running or biking.
When I decided to apply for a DAAD program, I knew that I want to study and where. A real challenge was to prove the language proficiency, I have chosen the TOEFL test, because I found it more accessible in my country, and it was easy to find some preparatory courses as well.
I have the great possibility to gain valuable experience from German colleagues and in the same time to keep close contacts with my home country. By January 2016, I went back to Germany to continue the experiments I am doing here. In my opinion, this is the best option to study abroad (gaining new and valuable skills) and keep the contacts with home, friends, and traditions. I would recommend to all the students from Moldova to go and study abroad for a month, a semester, a degree or a programme in order to share their experience, learn new things, build up new competencies and come back home to implement them, because by this way we will be able to build a sustainable society in our country.
There is no way back and I can`t imagine doing something different. Anyway, I would pay more attention to foreign languages.