Winter Ball 2016

Join us for one of the best nights of the year as we come together to celebrate another successful year at Schiller Heidelberg. Venue: Palais Prinz Carl Kornmarkt 1 69117 Heidelberg The Winter Ball will have a masquerade theme, thus we encourage those attending to dress formally, but in accordance with a typical masquerade ball as well. The reception begins at 7 pm followed by dinner, speeches and dance until late.

Determining Factors: Choosing a University Successfully

While going to university is crucial to job success, a study conducted by Gallup in the US found that there is a clear discrepancy between the perception from universities and employers: 96% of university deans believe they are adequately preparing their students for the labor market while only 11% of employers believe that graduates have the skills needed for the job. Based on the Gallup results, there are two factors that can improve performance of recent graduates in the labor market: the first is having one or more professors as mentors, who have a genuine interest and support the aspirations of the student; And the second is, the ability to have practical training combined with their studies.

What is bewildering is that these results are in direct contrast with the perception that where you study is of great importance: private or public, “prestigious” or not, these factors do not seem to predict the subsequent success of students. The important thing is not where you study but how you study. Assessing how to study becomes even more urgent with the emergence of disruptive technologies. Here are some ways we can start preparing as a response to a precipitously changing environment:

Ideas for a New University

Practical experience: to know something it is not enough to have learned it, said Seneca. As reflected in the Gallup survey, the university has to go into companies through internships and practical experience. But we must also take the company to the university. In my years as an educator, I have seen that nothing teaches and motivates more than an exercise that is as a close to real life as possible. For example, present and defend the international expansion business plan of a company in front of its manager, director, or even CEO. A leader who then also becomes involved as a mentor in development of your plan.

Flexibility: a dynamic and changing environment is incompatible with the rigidity of an academic calendar from September to June. A university open 12 months of the year, adapting the onset and pace of studies to your needs. This is something that is already offered by universities such Schiller International University, an academic program divided into monthly modules; the student takes and focuses on one subject per month. He can start when he is ready and go as fast or as slow as he needs to.

Mobility: to be global citizens, it is essential to provide the ability to complete part of their studies abroad. This has been confirmed by data from the European Commission to assess the impact of the Erasmus program: as a criterion for selecting candidates for the labor market, they show that studying abroad significantly increases the relevance of international experience from 37% in 2006 to 64% today. Some will question if it is worth pursuing a cause that seems lost and with bleak job prospects. But the truth is that to have more opportunities, more income, and more resilience to an unpredictable future, a university education is your best bet. Not forgetting, as Socrates said, that knowledge is the main part of happiness.

Excerpt from article published in Spanish at:

4 Advantages of Smaller Universities

The choice between **large universities vs small universities** is an important consideration to factor into your final list of the universities you will apply to. **Understanding the difference will directly impact your expectation as well as overall experience as a first year student.** Both large and small universities have advantages. In this article we will talk about 4 advantages a small university offers: ### Small classes = higher student to faculty ratio. Small universities often have less than 20 students per class unlike larger universities that can easily have several hundred students per class. What this means for you, is the opportunity for **greater interaction with your professor and fellow classmates.** We are often detracted from asking questions in larger settings because we are embarrassed to do so in front of so many people. If we miss something, it is often harder to get the professor to go over the information with us again. ### Student-committed professors. In larger universities, professors often have the pressure to publish often. This means that aside from teaching larger classes, they must also take the necessary time to conduct research. This in turn could mean they will have less time for students. Often, professors end up relying on TA´s to teach a portion of the class. At small universities, **the student is the priority, which means that the professor will have more time to prepare for classes, which means the material will be engaging, and the professor will have more time to dedicate to each student.** ### Less red-tape! At small universities there is often less bureaucracy and to some degree less automation. This means you will not have to figure things out on your own but will likely have easy access to a registrar who will help you map out your next few years. This also applies to all the university services. It will be easier for you to have quick and easy access to departments like Financial Aid, Student Services, Career Services, etc. ### You are more than just one more. At larger universities students can feel overwhelmed. More often than not students come from a smaller classroom setting to larger auditorium type classrooms, making it harder for them to find their place. **Small universities allow you to transition into a smaller setting of similar size** or a bit larger but still allowing you to feel included. If you attend an international school, a private school, you are probably used to having smaller class sizes and a very diverse student body. Entering a large university can be a culture shock to many which can provoke additional stress to an already stressful situation. The best recommendation we can give is that you **evaluate your learning preferences with regards to class sizes as well as bureaucratic preferences before making a decision.** A large university and a small university have different audiences, they are not meant to cater to everyone. Pick the one that will bring out the best in you and will give you the best opportunities to succeed.

Students take on the High Seas

This month the student body of Schiller USA enjoyed an 8 hour trip on the Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Fishing. We chartered the “2 George’s” fishing boat and crew and headed to the high seas. With a beautiful Friday at hand, the students headed to Tarpon Springs to meet our boat. Meeting at the dock at 8 am was a little hard on some students but they all made it. With our crew, lunch, snacks and drinks we headed for the high seas. Some students it was their first time on a boat and fishing. As we came to find out, not everyone fared as well as others. But most, if not all did fish and catch some great fish to take home and eat. The crew even filleted the fish for the students to take home. To summarize: It was a long day on the beautiful water, with lots of laughs, fish and fun…… and defiantly worth every moment of the experience. For more pictures check out our Facebook Page at: