Student Speak – 4 – Isha Gandhi (India)

Isha Gandhi - 2013 Intake

Isha Gandhi - 2013 Intake

Isha Gandhi

Mechanics in High School has always been a subject of interest for me. I like the fact that it‘s a more tangible application of maths and science, although I enjoy both as subjects on their own. Mechanical Engineering is also a very broad and generalized field that would allow me to later pursue various other interests such as Energy and Product Design.

I was always keen on pursuing my undergraduate studies abroad. Germany offered me the ideal opportunity by giving me the chance to combine both my academic as well as my cultural interests. After much research, I came across Carl Benz School which seemed to be a perfect fit. It offered exactly what I was looking for, so without hesitation my parents and I decided to commit. I like that it offers exposure in many different ways, whether it be work-related or people-related. The program is very well-structured, and the majority of the subjects are very interesting, although definitely not easy rides.

On top of all that, the central location of the International Department, where CBS is located, is perfect, with an amazing view of the Karlsruhe Palace!

Living in Germany so far has been an enriching experience for me, and continues to help me grow as an individual on a daily basis. I‘ve grown very fond of Karlsruhe and the friendliness of the people here. The KIT campus has a very nice and pleasant atmosphere and that always acts as a motivating factor for my studies here. In fact, I spend so much time at the KIT library; it has almost become my second home!

Nothing is set in stone as I am still in the early stage of my bachelor‘s, but upon graduation from CBS, I would like to obtain some work experience before proceeding to a masters. I‘m looking to go into the field of sustainable development and renewable energies. Ultimately, my goal is to start and develop my own business.

(Source: http://carlbenz.idschools.kit.edu/Isha.php)

Watch the video


Isha Gandhi – Student at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ5bMK1XeDA)

Swesha Sharma – Student at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)

Swesha Sharma at Carl Benz School
Swesha Sharma – Student at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPxu3s3GPdo)

Swesha comes from India. She is doing her Bachelor at the Carl Benz School of Engineering, the Mechanical Engineering College of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She advises new students to learn the German language. Why is that? Check the video? More information: www.carlbenzschool.de (Published on Sep 14, 2015)

Umair Ahmad – Alumnus of the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)


Umair Ahmad – Alumnus of the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)
(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwXXKR8hOrs)

Umair did his Bachelor at the Carl Benz School of Engineering and switched to the “German side” – the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for his Master. Now he is employed as a trainee in a global company and will be a sales engineer for heavy-duty machinery. More information: www.carlbenzschool.de (Published on Sep 14, 2015)

Issac Lorenzo (from Mexico) at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)


Issac at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)
(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFaim6uW390)

Isaac Lorenzo from Mexico started his studies at Carl Benz School, the Mechanical Engineering College of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, in 2014. He likes the Mentoring Program and the support of the Student Office. He is of the opinion that it´s essential to have a goal in life. More information: www.carlbenzschool.de (Published on April 29, 2015)

Carl Assmann at Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)


Carl Assmann at Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)
(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Myui7EgWbk)

Carl Assmann is Bachelor Student at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS) since 2013. He is German, but lived most of his life in Italy. He likes the practical aspect of the program. More information: www.carlbenzschool.de (Published on April 29, 2015)

Carlos Rossi (from Brazil) at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)


Carlos Rossi – Alumnus of the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)
Study in Germany *** Land of Ideas
(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LePMyxLsQd4)

Because he wants to be able to develop future techniques for racing cars, 20 year old Carlos Rossi from Brasil decided to study at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, which is known for its international and interdisciplinary courses.. More information: www.carlbenzschool.de (Published on Aug 25, 2009)

Gleb (from Russia) at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)


Gleb at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtA9aHG1tJg)

Gleb Gorbachev from Russia chose the Mechanical Engineering program of the Carl Benz School at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology because he likes to learn how to design new products. More information: www.carlbenzschool.de (Published on April 29, 2015)

Alex at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)


Alex at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAcT91X6yIk)

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Isha Gandhi – Student at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)


Isha Gandhi – Student at the Carl Benz School of Engineering (CBS)

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ5bMK1XeDA)

Isha originally comes from India, but spent most of her life in the US. At the moment, she is doing her Bachelor at the Carl Benz School of Engineering, the Mechanical Engineering College of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In particular, she likes the program because of the intercultural flair and the new food she tried since she has come to Karlsruhe. More information: www.carlbenzschool.de (Published on Sep 14, 2015)

Student Voice – 3

Chin Yue Fock from Singapore

»INTERVIEW WITH CHIN YUE FOCK, A CBS INTAKE OF 2010 FROM SINGAPORE«

High School: Raffles Junior College Hobbies: Scuba diving, windsurfing, skimboarding, running

High School: Raffles Junior College Hobbies: Scuba diving, windsurfing, skimboarding, running

Interviewer: When you look back at your student days at the Carl Benz School of Engineering what memories do you have about the lectures and the environment?

Chin Yue: With its international environment, I have had a great experience learning with classmates from different backgrounds. Due to this diverse range of cultures, we often have several different opinions and approaches when it comes to solving problems. That is why I find this particularly interesting.

Interviewer: What do you think is special about the Carl Benz School?

Chin Yue: Its small class size, which makes many things easier, e.g. organizational issues, posing questions in class.

Interviewer: Why did you choose to come to CBS?

Chin Yue: Having completed my high school in Singapore, I wanted something different, something to challenge myself. Germany is also recognised for its niche in the field of Mechanical Engineering. My initial lack of knowledge of the German language meant I had to search for a Mechanical Engineering program conducted in English.

Interviewer: How was it for you at the beginning?

Chin Yue: I hardly knew any German, apart from a couple of greeting phrases. CBS offered a great stepping stone for me to slowly immerse in the local customs and culture. The international environment at CBS has helped – with other students from many other different countries, we faced similar challenges which we could relate to with each other. Having English as our communication medium, we could share our feelings and thoughts. Since classes are also conducted in English at CBS, understanding the topics taught was much easier. I could simultaneously pick up the German language by interacting with people around me and participating in more local events.

In fact, it was not just the German culture, but the cultures which other international students at CBS brought along with them. As such, CBS has provided a good platform to kick off my studies and my life in Germany.

Skydiving nearby Karlsruhe

Skydiving nearby Karlsruhe

Interviewer: What do you do in your free time? Did you have the opportunity to travel around?

Chin Yue: During the semesters and the semester breaks we do not have much time because of exams, you just have to make your own time for travels. It really is all about self-planning and organisation. I would usually do some running in the Schlosspark or head to the fitness studio to keep myself fit. Living in Karlsruhe provides many travelling and recreational possibilities. For exampe, a bike trip to Strasbourg (France) takes only about 2 hours, with picturesque views, beer gardens and good food along the way. I have personally done such a short weekend getaway in the spring season with some friends and highly recomend it. In Walldorf (not too far from Karlsruhe), you have the unique opportunity to do skydiving. I did it once with two friends and it was an unbelievable experience that I would love to repeat.

Interviewer: You have already completed your basic and specialized internships. Could you tell us more about your experiences?

Production plant of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg

Production plant of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg

In fact, the city of Wolfsburg is wellrenowned for its ‘Autostadt’ status (literally: car city). My internship at Volkswagen AG, the largest vehicle producer in Europe, has provided me with relevant insights and an invaluable learning experience during my six-month stint in the company. This internship has offered me an excellent transition from classroom to workplace, allowing me to utilise the knowledge and skills I have acquired in my studies, and apply them in appropriate situations. Apart from gaining valuable experience and insights into possible career paths, I have also established a network of professional connections and direction for my future.


Due to my daily communication and interactions with counterparts in different countries, I have learnt that people from different cultural backgrounds have diverse ways of working. This is particularly refreshing for me because they would bring various perspectives together during a discussion, which has taught me to handle problems and situations with a more multi-dimensional approach.

Currywurst with fries

Currywurst with fries

I also had the rare opportunity to meet experienced senior department executives and receive excellent advice and opinions. Throughout my internship, I was given a taste of how weekly departmental meetings are conducted in a company. It was a fulfilling experience as it not only provided me with an understanding of what my colleagues and superiors were doing, but also an opportunity to partake in and express my humble views on certain tasks Furthermore, the company has provided me with a conducive working environment, friendly and understanding colleagues and also fed me well with the popular Volkswagen currywurst which was really delicious.

Interviewer: What are your plans for the future, now that you have finished your bachelor studies? Do you want to go back to Singapore or would you prefer to stay in Europe?

Chin Yue: I am open to all opportunities and options. I would love to stay in Europe. However, if a really good opportunity is available somewhere else in Asia or the Americas, I would Skydiving nearby Karlsruhe not say no to it.

(Source: http://carlbenz.idschools.kit.edu/downloads/140212_SV_Singapore_Web.pdf)

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