Munich: A Home Away From Home (Joey)

15 March 2019

The Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) is a highlight for most TUM Asia final-year undergraduates. Students spend three to five months at the home campus in Munich, Germany, taking in many new experiences while completing their Bachelor Thesis. In this issue, the DIGEST team catches up with six Bachelor students to learn more about their time in Europe.


We are happy to hear that you are settling well in Germany! How has it been living in Munich so far, especially as compared to Singapore?

Joey: Germany has been great! It was cold throughout the semester, but I am not complaining, because I love the cool weather, especially when you do not get this in Singapore. You will definitely need some heat packs when it gets very cold and breezy.

Is there anything about the German culture and lifestyle that stood out to you?

Joey: I like how the locals are very considerate towards people around them. The men are more gentlemanly and they do give way to the ladies. Another interesting fact is that most shops close at eight at night and completely on Sundays, but the public transport runs everyday and through the night.

What would be your most memorable experience so far?

Joey: The most memorable experience for me thus far is to witness my first ever snowfall in Munich! It made me look back on the past two years of hard work in university and feel that it was all worth it to make it here.

Can you tell us more about the topic you have chosen for your bachelor thesis, and its potential impact?

Joey: Previously, I switched from my diploma in marine studies to the field of electrical engineering so that I could pursue my goal of working with underwater subsea vehicles. For my bachelor thesis, I was able to reach out to a TUM professor and have him agree to supervise my research topic of the development of the gripper of an underwater subsea vehicle.

Lastly, what is one thing you will miss about Germany when your OIP ends?

Joey: I will miss the freedom of travelling, the cool weather and the slower pace of life in Munich.


Joey Neo Zu’er studied in the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering & Information Technology with the Technical University of Munich. She studied in the Singapore branch campus (TUM Asia) and spent three months in Munich, Germany to complete her Bachelor thesis at the home campus of the university. 

To read the full interview with Joey, it was first published in our DIGEST newsletter (Jan 2019). View the e-newsletter here >>

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