Studies like sand in the hands

By Misch PautschLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

If you were stranded on a deserted island for three semesters, what subject would you want to study? For students who began their studies during the Corona pandemic – many abroad– , this semester often starts in isolation or back at home. Their daily routine has little in common with the cliché of the relaxed yet exciting student life.

"We are being contacted much, much, much more frequently than before the pandemic started", says Estelle Nee, spokeswoman for the student association UNEL. Together with the umbrella organization ACEL, the UNEL is one of the main points of contact for students who have questions: Whether it's about enrollment, study procedures or, for more than a year now, border regulations or test registrations. According to Nee, one of the main problems for many students, as for the general population, is isolation, often in a foreign city. "The vast majority of courses right now are only offered online. When it's all said and done, I think it will have been possible to complete an entire master's degree at a university you've never set foot in." Many will have done a degree in a city they've barely been to. For first-year students in particular, the question is whether it's even worth looking and paying for an apartment in the city where you're studying. If one decides to do so, one is threatened with an insular existence in a small study apartment or a one-room apartment, which, depending on local regulations, one can hardly leave. Tension can also arise within shared apartments. Hotel parents or deserted island?

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