Tong Wang came all the way from China to study at the International School of Management in Dortmund. The 27-year-old has finished her bachelor’s degree in Advertising at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, gained working experience e.g. at Men’s Health in China and is now studying M.Sc. International Business in her second semester.
What made you decide to study in Germany?
Compared to China the cost in Germany is affordable. I decided to study M.Sc. International Business because the whole course is taught in English and also because I’m interested in Business.
What did your family and friends think of your decision to study abroad?
They thought I was brave and they supported me. They know that it’s not hard for me to adapt to a new city or country. I’m trying to live like a native.
What do you enjoy most about your experience abroad and how does it help your career?
I enjoy a lot the free discussion we can have in class. I also think that this helps me to think from a different angle.
Looking back: What was the biggest challenge for you in Germany?
That is still the language and the bureaucracy. For example signing a contract in Germany is a normal thing – unlike China.
What is the biggest difference between Germany and your home country?
I think it’s the way how people work: In Germany it takes longer time to get one thing done than in China. When you want to open a bank account, sometimes have to wait until 10 to 15 days to get the card and the code, but in China you can get it in 30 mins.
How do you spend your free time aside your studies?
I love travelling and cooking.
Tong Wang now studies at ISM Dortmund.