Dinesh is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Biology at the Darmstadt University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany. We asked him about his experience of studying abroad.
Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your name? How old are you? Where do you come from?I am Dinesh Tiwari from India. I am 24 years old.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline? When did you start studying?I am a Ph.D. student in the Biology department at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. I started my Ph.D. on 1 June 2017.
What made you choose this programme? How did you decide?I did my Masters’ in Animal Biology from University of Hyderabad, India. My teachers and particularly the international environment of this university motivated me to decide to go for Ph.D. in Germany.
Did you find your study programme on StudyPortals? If so, how then did StudyPortals help you in your decision process?I did find my study programme on StudyPortals and it was very helpful in finding new scholarships opening and predocs positions as well.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?I did not have much experience in how to apply or going abroad. Keeping that in my mind, I started working as project student after my Masters’ at the University of Hyderabad. After 1.5 years of extensive hard work and training in the lab, I got the confidence. I also could publish some of my works in a renowned international journal which made my way a bit easy going.
Did you take a language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) when applying for the programme? If yes, which one did you choose, why and how was your experience with it?
No. I had my education in an English based medium, so I didn’t need my English proficiency exam.Check IELTS test locations worldwide.
What are three things you like most about the university? If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be?I like the international and friendly environment here at the university. I also love their passion and hardworking nature. It is always good to be in an international environment because you get to know other`s tradition, the system of work, and nature too.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?That it is very vivacious, a sparkling place with tiny cute houses.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It is/was a total disaster, 10 – I have/had the time of my life)? Why?10. It is just fun and great being here.What would be your advice for students from your country that consider studying abroad? Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?Work hard and keep doing this as well as you can. Do mistakes but never forget to learn from that. Also, keep in mind that there are no shortcuts for success.
What are your plans after graduating?After graduation, I would like to go to the USA for a postdoc and then I would come back to serve my own country, India.
What are three things you like the most about the city? Share your favourite spot, at the university and the city with us!
Luisenplatz, in the city and the garden in the campus.