IUBH graduates report

Yi Gao

Yi Gao


What did you do before you joined IUBH?

Before I joined IUBH, I was still a student at a Sino-German program in China preparing to study and live in Germany.

Why did you decide to stay at IUBH for your masters instead of joining another university?

It's well known that it is much harder for those who come from abroad to Germany compared to other countries like USA, Canada or Australia due to strict immigration laws and language requirements. As far as my experience is concerned however, IUBH makes it easier and more convenient for international students to manage their residence permit in Germany. Also the English language campus environment makes everything more comfortable at the beginning of German life, and this is exactly the right foundation for those who want to learn German in the future. Certainly a strong asset of IUBH is its team of faculty with renowned theoretical and practical professional experience as well as its great variety and selection of majors.

What was your biggest challenge throughout your studies at IUBH?

I would say independence. Every now and then difficulties and lots of problems come up simply because you are a foreigner. Even if a friendly and harmonious campus culture helps to find solutions, self-motivation is inevitably a vital factor leading to independence.

Which position do you currently have, and how did your studies at IUBH prepare you for this?

I am currently working as a financial management specialist in the Bank of China Frankfurt am Main. Every day I dedicate myself to designing tailor-made financial products for customers from different countries. Therefore, strong language skills play an extremely essential role not only for communication but also for profession penetration. Besides, what I learned as a major in Finance and Accounting makes me very qualified in the financial field.

Which criteria were "must haves" to get the current job?

I would say that language ability, an easy-going and optimistic personality, and independent thinking and execution were important. Last but not least, the personal characteristic of someone who sets his mind on doing something useful and realistic.

What are your personal tips, especially for our international students, to successfully enter the German job market?

In addition to the qualities mentioned above, time management is from my personal perspective something you need to deliberately think about. Compared to native German students, you need to be very clear about who you are in Germany. Leaving campus and entering society comes after all one day. I highly recommend students to finish their study programme both on and off campus with good performance quickly, the key of which is time management.

Do you remember a fun story about your time in Bad Honnef that you would like to share?

Yes, I do. When I was very new to Bad Honnef, I was interested in how the natives live. One day when I was walking by a house with a backyard, a variety of household machines stopped me in my footsteps. Perhaps due to my concentration on their yard, the owners, a couple, suddenly popped up beside me and explained with great passion the use of every tool. Just that moment impressed me deeply that Germans, at least in Bad Honnef, are friendly and very qualified to be teachers and lifelong mentors.

Thanks a lot for the Interview Yi!

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