Language Course in Germany
Shilpashree J was the proud recipient of the Dr. Guenter Krueger Award of the PGPBA Batch 2013-2015 and went to Germany in September 2015 to pursue her language course. Her memorable experience is summarised briefly in her own words below:
I would sincerely like to thank the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC), Bangalore for giving me an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of experiencing Germany in a unique way. It not only gave me a platform to learn German in Germany but also opened a gateway to understand its culture and live it.
When I was given a choice among various cities in Germany, I chose Munich as my first choice. Munich is a beautiful city which is the capital and economic centre of Bavaria. It is known for its electronics and automotive industries, and is also home to the world famous Oktoberfest and FC Bayern Football Club. It is an important and well connected travel junction in Europe and is backed by the serene Alps down south. It is also where Infineon Technologies AG is headquartered.
Goethe Institute, München is a very lively place with a lot of educational and cultural activities. Munich, which consists of many famous technical universities and research centres, is a melting point of various cultures. The institute being strategically located at the city centre caters to all the needs of its students coming from different cultures and backgrounds.
In continuation of my Deutsch learning, I chose Level A2 as my next step. It was a great learning experience as I was sharing and learning with students who had come from all over the world. At any point in time, Goethe Institute hosts students from over 120 nationalities. Moreover, the training and feedback provided by the faculty on improvement areas was prompt and made the learning joyful and fun.
What made the learning even more wonderful where the recreational activities organized after the learning sessions. The entire program was designed in such a way that there was a recreational or cultural activity almost every day. This helped in applying the classroom learnings to action and understand the true German way of living. This was also a platform to meet new people and build friendships.
With Munich being the world headquarters of BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), I also got the chance to visit the museum and the factory and view its operations in full function. During my stay in Germany, I also managed a short trip to the Alps – The Zugspitze, which is at 2,962 m above sea level, the highest mountain of Germany.
No visit to Germany can be complete without visiting castles and palaces. As a part of our recreational program we visited the Schloss Neuschwanstein, a nineteenth century palace commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was interesting to know that this was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Moreover, on one of the weekends I visited the city of Salzburg in Austria, which is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centres of Germany. This gave me an opportunity to get to know more about the world famous 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and physicist Christian Andreas Doppler. In all, learning the German language from Goethe Institut was a fantastic experience and will always be cherished as it gave me a unique experience and a stage to build networks across the world. It definitely helped me in building the personal rapport for smoother functioning. One of the striking features working in Germany was the punctuality and the process orientation in each step. It is also worth mentioning about the care taken by industries and corporate in environment protection and maintaining the eco-system which includes urban-planning and cleanliness.
It is difficult to encapsulate all the learning’s and experiences in a few sentences. But in trying an attempt at it, I would like to express that it was a steep learning curve and expanded my comfort zone. It gave a new perspective and widened my horizon of thinking. Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC), Bangalore, the faculty members who guided and encouraged me and all my friends who enriched and stayed with me throughout and of course my parents who have always stood by me. I would also like to thank Infineon Technologies India Private Limited for their support and confidence in me. Until next time – I would like to say, “Liebe dich München!”
Shilpashree J – Assistant Project Manager Trainee, Infineon Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.