The end of the semester abroad is getting closer

Down the home stretch

At Dundalk Institute of Technology, the winter semester officially ends in mid-December. Jonas has two weeks off now before the exam phase begins and with it the intense period of his studies.

"I still haven't realized that my semester abroad is coming to an end. The time went by incredibly fast," says the student, "as if I had just left Germany last week!"

Jonas is not feeling nervous yet. He is pretty relaxed about the time ahead. "My brother and a friend are coming to visit me first. We’ll go to Dublin, Galway and the Cliffs of Moher – the must-sees of every Ireland visit!" the 21-year-old says happily.

Jonas uses the turn of the year for trips.
A trip to Northern Ireland.
There is only litte snow in Ireland in winter.
The Cliff of Moher a worth a visit.
It’s still easy to drive around the island in November and December.

Enjoying Ireland at its best

New Year's

Because of Ireland's mild weather, even around New Year's, it is still possible to go on trips. Jonas really enjoys this special weather: “My fellow students and I are using every free minute to explore Ireland. Even after almost half a year, we still haven't seen everything."

In November and December, Jonas went on several trips to the surrounding area: Northern Ireland, Donegal, Sligo and much more – before he spent the end of the year with his friends and other Erasmus students at a Christmas dinner in his shared flat.

“I will miss the Irish pub culture and living in the student dormitory most, as well as my many new friends. Only about 200 people are studying in Bad Hersfeld, while at DkIT there are around 5,000. Life is more exciting here.”


Statement from Jonas Rimbach
Jonas Rimbach Student Mechanical Engineering
Jonas is ready for exams

Ready for the exam phase

Preparing for exams

Three exams in two weeks. For Jonas, that is a manageable task: "It is easier now if you have already worked actively during the semester." On top of that, the student summarizes the covered material and reviews old exams as preparation. "I feel pretty well prepared. It still doesn't hurt to keep your fingers crossed," Jonas laughs.

Jonas will write exams with open questions this semester, similar to those in Germany. That means, for example, that he has to illustrate contexts, analyze case studies or provide extensive arguments in an assignment. In addition to a calculator, Erasmus students are also allowed to bring a dictionary to the exam.

Expanding your horizon. Linking theory and practice.

Renewable Energies

Jonas realized once again in his numerous student projects, how closely theoretical knowledge and practical application are connected. "In the lecture 'Renewable Energy', we went into the functional principle and technology of a photovoltaic system," Jonas explains. "Afterward, we had to apply this knowledge by working on a practical case in an assignment." The student designed a PV system with all components for a building of his choice and calculated the construction’s power consumption. Jonas is excited: "The calculation and design of a plant are also extremely important in our day-to-day work at Grenzebach because we plan custom-fit and demand-oriented plants for our customers – without unnecessary overcapacities and cost drivers."

Photovoltaic engineering was also included in another subject: Computing for Engineering. Jonas could draw on the calculations he had already made. Based on this, he wrote a program that calculates the energy generated by PV plants, considering the location of the plant and the nominal power, because the sun's radiation varies depending on the country where the plant is located. "In Grenzebach's customer projects, it is also essential to take into account customer-specific conditions, such as throughput or the size of the customer's building, when planning the plant," he says. "Writing the programs that we use for this on a large scale at Grenzebach myself has once again deepened my understanding of our processes. On the other hand, I could follow the subject very easily because I already had some practical experience.”

Statement from Jonas Rimbach

Jonas Rimbach:

"I would love to stay a little longer. At the same time, I'm looking forward to seeing my home, family and friends again."