It goes without saying that Diana Ortega Valencia has learned a lot about logistics, human resources management and other business-related topics during her exchange year at our university. But the student takes back to Mexico much more than just that. “I will benefit from my time here for the rest of my life,” she says.
Cycling is uncommon in Mexico. For the first few months of her stay in Münster, Diana usually travelled by bus; later, she went nearly everywhere by bike. (Photo: private)

Students like Linda, allocated to her through the buddy programme run by Münster School of Business, helped her to take care of all organisational matters. Also lots of new friends from other countries who she met on her course, at the language school and in her student housing complex helped her to soon feel at home in Münster. So much so that she extended her stay, originally planned for one semester, by a second semester in summer.

In Mexico, Diana studies Industrial Engineering. At Münster School of Business, she added business expertise to her technical knowledge. Partly because many business courses are held in English. (Photo: Victoria Liesche)
In Mexico, Diana studies Industrial Engineering. At Münster School of Business, she added business expertise to her technical knowledge. Partly because many business courses are held in English.
At Münster School of Business, she added business expertise to her technical knowledge. (Photo: Victoria Liesche)
At Münster School of Business, she added business expertise to her technical knowledge. (Photo: Victoria Liesche)

Students like Linda, allocated to her through the buddy programme run by Münster School of Business, helped her to take care of all organisational matters. Also lots of new friends from other countries who she met on her course, at the language school and in her student housing complex helped her to soon feel at home in Münster. So much so that she extended her stay, originally planned for one semester, by a second semester in summer.

“My very first snow”: on her travels through Southern Germany, she experienced her first winter wonderland. (Photo: private)
“My very first snow”: on her travels through Southern Germany, she experienced her first winter wonderland.

“Here everything is safe and clean, and there are so many friendly people. In several ways, life is easier than in my home country,” she says. “At the same time, thanks to all the other international students, I’ve also discovered a lot about other cultures, such as India, China and France.” She takes with her a significant realisation: “We have so much in common, even though we come from different countries.” During her year abroad, she has certainly become more open, and she finds it easier to reach out to people she doesn’t know. Her urge to travel also helped in this respect: she travelled to twelve European countries, sometimes even alone. “My experiences were positive wherever I went.”

New friends from Germany and the rest of the world: Diana enjoyed undertaking activities with other students, such as eating tarte flambée at Münster market. (Photo: private)
New friends from Germany and the rest of the world: Diana enjoyed undertaking activities with other students, such as eating tarte flambée at Münster market.
She always enjoyed the activities organised by the International Office, such as the international dinner. (Photo: Victoria Liesche)
She always enjoyed the activities organised by the International Office, such as the international dinner.

Considerable support from the International Office, a scholarship for accommodation and food, plus all her invaluable new experiences: Diana can’t understand why more students from her home university, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo in Pachuca, do not go abroad. “In Mexico, many students still live at home with their parents. Maybe they are scared to leave their comfort zone.” She, at any rate, is pleased that she took the plunge: “It was only here in Münster that I found my comfort zone!”

By Victoria Liesche


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