Get to know Julia Menschik.

Master student in sustainable management. Three-month research stay at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. The research stay was funded by the Global Water and Climate Adaptation Centre.

"I have been interested in India’s cultural wealth and variety of landscapes for a long time, but the IIT Madras campus was particularly amazing. It is in the beautiful nature of the former Guindy National Park and is home to tropical flora and fauna like monkeys, deer, antelopes, and rodents. I stayed in the Sabarmati Girls Hostel, where I felt very safe and got to know great friends mattis."

“When I applied at IIT Madras, I received very friendly responses from my host supervisors. I felt truly fortunate. Preparation for travelling to India included some vaccinations and applying for a student visa in Frankfurt. Moreover, I had to plan my accommodation, flight and transport from airport to the campus.” 

To put it all in a nutshell, I truly appreciate these memorable moments with awesome people I am still in contact with. Chennai has surprised me many times. There is always something unexpected happening: a goat on a motorbike, a mattress on a motorbike, monkeys stealing food, a monkey riding a deer, cows on the street and chaotic traffic. I would love to visit India again.