Bachelor Info Day on 23 November: Julia Bogusz - the podcaster

2023-11-13 Polish student Julia Bogusz is studying at Leuphana College. She interviews international students for the podcast "How to Study in Germany". Now she talks about her own experiences and what it's like to study abroad. Prospective students can find out more about the study programmes at Leuphana College at the Bachelor Info Day, both digitally and on campus.

Bachelor Info Day on 23 November: Julia Bogusz - the podcaster ©Leuphana/Ciara Charlotte Burgess
Bachelor Info Day on 23 November: Julia Bogusz - the podcaster ©Leuphana/Ciara Charlotte Burgess
Bachelor Info Day on 23 November: Julia Bogusz - the podcaster ©Leuphana/Ciara Charlotte Burgess

‘When you walk the streets even in a small city like Luneburg you hear different languages, you see diverse faces. The cultural diversity is more visible”, says Julia Bogusz. The student appreciates Germany as a multicultural country of immigration. The Leuphana campus also reflects this: ‘It is exciting, because it’s so different. I really value getting to know new perspectives, and here at Leuphana, there are students from every continent of the world. I have many friends from Africa, Asia, America... While Poland is a very homogenous country. It doesn't have a large immigrant population.’

Julia Bogusz is studying International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship (major) and Comparative Economic Law (minor) at Leuphana. She was impressed by the focus on sustainability and the transdisciplinary approach of the complementary degree programme: ‘I think Leuphana is more kind of pushing you towards finding yourself, not pushing on you any concepts. Your time at Leuphana is not about defining yourself but actually trying to find all those ways that you could see yourself in the future instead of focusing on just one.’ It was also important to her to complete her studies entirely in English. She therefore focussed her attention abroad: ‘At Leuphana, there are numerous courses offered in English. conveniently, universities in cities like Berlin or Hamburg have fewer options in English compared to Leuphana, despite it being a smaller university situated in a smaller city.’

Her Opening Week took place in 2021 during the coronavirus pandemic. Although the entire semester was conducted online, there were still some face-to-face events for the new bachelor’s students. With the help of masks, tests and digital transmissions, students worked in small groups in various seminar rooms. For Julia Bogusz, this was a time for socialising: ‘I remember moments when I was just passing through the campus and people were saying ‘Hi! Hello! How are you, Julia?’. It was this one moment trying to catch what the campus life looks like.’

Alongside her studies, Julia Bogusz works as a student assistant at Leuphana's International Marketing Office. There she produces, moderates and edits the podcast ‘How to Study in Germany’. She publishes one or two new episodes every month. Julia's knowledge from her first degree programme in England helps her with research, interview preparation and audio editing. There she studied ‘Art and Design’. But during coronavirus pandemic, she decided to pursue her bachelor in a different field: ‘I've realized that this academic program might not be crucial for pursuing activities in that field. If I aim to create short films or podcasts, I can independently acquire those skills as they are mainly practical. However, considering my ongoing studies in Economic Law and International Business Administration, they are heavily theory-oriented, and I felt the need to deepen this kind of knowledge.’

The degree programme opens up many career opportunities for Julia Bogusz: ‘I am interested in multiple fields and that might be one of the reasons why I actually chose International Business Administration. It doesn't entirely dictate what I'll be doing in the future. There are numerous disciplines within it – Finance, HR, Marketing – that offer versatility and don't permanently define one's career, allowing for flexibility in self-discovery.’