“So what are you studying?”
“Energy Efficiency and Englishes.”
“Oh, cool. So… what’s that?”
Basically, it’s a question all of us few EEEs are asked way too often, but it’s understandable. No one has ever heard about this degree programme, not even the ones who are interested in taking it. The only source of information seems to be from presentations at events like InfoQuest or from a German flyer that also stops short of explaining what exactly you are getting yourself into. That’s where this blog post comes in to give you a better insight into a seemingly strange degree programme.
Before anything else, however, let me tell you that all of the following is my opinion, and the information I can provide is limited; I’m new to all of this as well. Still, I hope this might help to create a better image of EEE in your mind.
What exactly is EEE?
EEE combines English and American Studies in Chemnitz with Energie- und Umweltmanagement (Energy and Ecologic Management) in Mittweida. It basically means that you are studying in two places. For this year’s course, this means Monday and Friday are spent in Mittweida, while we stay on the TU Campus in Chemnitz from Tuesday to Thursday. Right now, our course list at Mittweida consists of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
What is a “Mittweida” and can I eat it?
Mittweida is a small city situated near Chemnitz (20 kilometres away). It’s the home of Mittweida’s University of Applied Sciences where about 6,400 students study to get their bachelor’s or master’s degree. In my opinion, it’s quite a nice town. Also the staff is alright and the canteen, in particular, is marvellous.
What’s the best way to travel between Chemnitz and Mittweida?
There are two trains which run between both cities. The C14 and the RB45 which run circa every 30 minutes. The university in Mittweida is only a short walk from the train station and the university buildings in Chemnitz are easily reached by bus or tram, so the accessibility using public transport is decent. However, you should take care in the winter, because cold temperatures and weather mess up the schedules and you might run late now and then.
Why did you you choose to study Energy Efficiency?
I always enjoyed the subject English back in school and during the last two years I realized that whatever I want to study, it should be something related to English. I’ve been to a few events, like the aforementioned InfoQuest, which inform secondary school students about English and American studies, as well as some other degree programmes that revolve around it. At first I wanted to study English studies, but after checking the job market and realizing I most definitely had to study a different subject after my bachelor’s degree I decided against it. Since I had been indecisive all my years in school, I began looking for something similar that is nevertheless in high demand. I was also fairly interested in Natural Sciences; that’s when I remembered the presentation about EEE which I now study.
Is the degree programme difficult?
You might worry about the mathematics in Mittweida. And, quite frankly, Electrical Engineering seems difficult at first. Personally, I think that getting started in Mittweida is quite hard, but once you know the drill, it becomes rather simple. That might take some further independent studying, though. The thing about English and American Studies, however, is that you don’t have any real formula you can apply to every task. Most of the tasks, especially concerning literature, involve personal interpretation and style. I believe that it’s possible to understand everything if you try hard enough and are not a complete stranger to scientific work, especially in the technical departments.
Despite all this, you need to be aware that this study programme is not only an English Studies or an Energy Management program, but both.
If I’m an international student, do I need to be able to speak German?
Definitely, at least right now. The lectures in Chemnitz are in English, but the ones in Mittweida are in German. If you already have a great understanding of Electrical Engineering and other topics, you might be able to figure it out, but I highly doubt that it’s possible to succeed without decent German skills. If you are great at understanding German but still have trouble speaking it, then I believe it’s manageable. But it definitely is a risky move.
Lastly, what are the job opportunities that await after graduating?
Since I just started studying, I can only quote from the German flyer for this one. Graduates can start their careers on an international basis in the energy branch. In general, there are posts such as management positions in companies large and small. Our degree programme focuses on renewable energy sources which is a growing and necessary economic branch, so this way you can earn a living, while helping the environment.
This wraps up the questions I had in mind when I was interested in starting Energy Efficiency and Englishes. I hope it answered some questions for you. I’ll gladly answer any further questions you might have. Just contact me through the TUschler blog.
(Bachelor Energy Efficiency, 1st semester)