Sandani Yapa Abeywardena

Sandani Yapa Abeywardena

Since I arrived in Germany, life has been somewhat of a whirlwind with learning to get around in a new country, managing my own finances and trying to get things done despite the language barrier.

The German language was not the easiest thing to learn and even completing a simple transaction successfully feels like an achievement! Nevertheless, the experience itself is truly wonderful. Adjusting to a different culture was easier than I anticipated and the friends I have found here made it all the more pleasant. I feel that this opportunity has helped me develop as a person, especially in understanding that independence comes hand in hand with responsibility.

The courses are both challenging and extremely interesting and they are made more intriguing by the diverse opinions that are voiced during the lectures. All in all, the academic experience itself has been eye-opening and has given me the opportunity to learn things I would otherwise have not been exposed to and this has been truly fantastic. Being in Germany during the football World Cup is also a dimension that definitely enriched the experience. It’s quite a lot of fun to partake in the festivities, watch the matches decked in German colours and cheer alongside other students and I can confidently say I know a lot more about the sport than I ever did before! Being centrally located in Germany also provides exchange students the opportunity to travel extensively and see a wonderful array of diverse places both in terms of nature as well as architecture and this has been a dream come true!

I’m extremely grateful to the Department of English for fostering this partnership and providing students with this wonderful opportunity as well as the International Unit of the University of Colombo for facilitating it. It is truly a marvelous experience that that enhances the quality of one’s undergraduate life immensely and is truly unforgettable.

Sandani Yapa Abeywardena