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Student Jael stayed in Norway for two months

Student Jael stayed in Norway for two months

Thanks to the Erasmus+ program, I have the opportunity to spend two months in Norway and get to know the school, culture and nature here. I have been here in Molde for five weeks now and have experienced a lot already thanks to my host family, which does a lot of activities with me. I have also made lots of new friends by now!

Molde is a small city located at a Fjord, which is about four hours away from Trondheim. It has a beautiful panoramic view with snowy mountains, and it is only about one hour from the Atlantic coast.
Even though I have already been here for a couple of weeks, I amazed by the beautiful scenery every day.

At the beginning of my stay, we made a trip to the famous Atlantic Street, which consists of eight bridges that connect small islands along the cost of Norway. That was really impressive and perfect for taking cool photos.
Even though the weather in Molde is changing a lot, there has been enough snow for skiing. My host family likes to go on cross country ski trips and to sit by a small fire with marshmallows and hot chocolate afterwards. Even though I have never been skiing before, it was easy enough to learn, so we could soon go on longer trips with more hills together.
Last week the Norwegian students had “Vinterferie”, during which we went on a couple of trips. One day we took the ferry over the Fjord and drove to Ålesund to visit its Aquarium. Ålesund is famous for its beautiful architecture and location on the Atlantic coast. We visited a panorama point from which you could see many islands and fjords.

School life and the school system are very different from Germany! One example is that the Norwegian students decide in 10th grade on what kind of school they want to go. Before that, they all go to the same type of school.
It was especially confusing for me that you call the teachers with their first name, not their family name. I go in the 10th grade of Bergmo Ungdomsskole. My school day starts at half past nine and has three different lessons, which each last one and a half hours. After every lesson there is a break for half an hour. School ends at 2 p.m. every day, even for the 10th grade. There are fewer subjects than at home. Chemistry, Physics and Geography, for example, are all taught in one subject which is called “Naturfag”. We also have “Kunst og Håndwerk”, in which the students learn to sew, crochet, work with wood and develop other crafting abilities.

When I am writing this, I have only four weeks left in Norway, and I am sure that I will experience even more during this time. Norwegian culture is very open-minded, and it is easy to get to know and talk to strangers. So, every time we meet people, we end up singing and playing board games together.
I have never felt homesick since I arrived here, because I love being in Norway and because of the possibility to call my friends and family in Germany whenever I want. On the contrary! I am sad to think of having to leave my Norwegian life soon. A part of me will stay here and I am sure that this will not be my last visit to this beautiful country and the friends that I have made here.

Jael Schramm, 10c

Das CEG in Schweden – Ein Reisebericht 2023

Das CEG in Schweden – Ein Reisebericht 2023

Hej! So begrüßt man sich in Schweden.

Nachdem die Schülergruppe aus Schweden bereits eine Woche bei uns war, sind wir, Schüler der 10. Klassen, am Samstag, den 25. März 2023, auch endlich selbst nach Schweden gefahren. Mit Zwischenstopp in Stockholm dauerte es fast einen ganzen Tag bis wir in der Stadt Örebro angekommen waren. Diese ist ungefähr so groß wie Erlangen und die siebtgrößte Stadt in Schweden. Eines bemerkten wir bei unserer Ankunft sofort: Hier herrschte noch Winter.

Am Sonntag machten wir erstmal ein gemeinsames Barbecue im Schnee. Am Montag zeigten die Schweden uns dann ihre Schule, das Karolinska Gymnasiet, und wir sahen schon etwas von der Stadt. Am nächsten Tag kam direkt ein großes Highlight: Wir fuhren nach Stockholm. Dort besichtigten wir nicht nur den Königspalast und das Nobelpreis Museum, sondern auch Monumente wie die „Vasa“, eines der größten und am besten erhaltenen Segelschiffe ihrer Zeit. Zum Abschluss besuchten wir noch eine Ausstellung über die Europäische Union im Kulturhaus.

In unseren letzten Tagen nahmen wir noch am schwedischen Unterricht teil und machten sogar eine typisch schwedische Fika – ein Kaffeepäuschen mit selbstgebackenen Plätzchen. Schließlich war es am Freitag, den 31. März 2023, auch schon wieder soweit, dass wir nach Hause mussten. Viel zu schnell, wie wir fanden.

Denn dieser Erasmus-Austausch war für uns alle ein Erlebnis und eine Bereicherung, er hat uns nicht nur sprachlich weiter gefördert, sondern uns auch Einblicke in ein neues Land mit seiner Kultur verschafft. Außerdem konnten wir viele neue internationale Freundschaften schließen.

Zum Abschluss blieb uns nur noch, unseren Partnern auf Wiedersehen zu wünschen – oder wie es die Schweden sagen: Hej då!


Swedish students from Örebro at the CEG from 12 to 17 March 2023

Swedish students from Örebro at the CEG from 12 to 17 March 2023

On Sunday evening, the students from Karolinska Gymnasiet, Örebro, arrived and welcomed by their host families. But we were not yet done traveling!

On Monday morning, we left Erlangen and went to visit castle Schney. There, we participated in the POL&IS roleplay, in which the Swedish and German students took on the roles of nations and international organizations such as the UN. This simulation was conducted in English to help us bond with each other.
We learned a lot about politics and current global affairs. Although it was just a simulation, it felt quite real to us. During these three days, we immersed ourselves completely in the gme and connected with our Swedish partners. We worked hard from morning till evening to complete our diverse tasks in the hope of making our world a better place. Everyone was sad to leave the beautiful location of the castle, but the political fun had to come to an end at some point.

On Wednesday, we returned to Erlangen, no longer burdened by the problems and issues of international politics. Back at the CEG, our exchange partners got to see our school, the city of Erlangen and beautiful Nuremberg. We had lots of fun with our Swedish friends individually and in small groups and made plans for activities with friends in the evening.
Friday, we had to take our exchange students to the train station to say goodbye – or, in Swedish: “hej då!”

Bill (10a) and Jasmin (10c)

Norwegian teachers from Molde visit CEG

Norwegian teachers from Molde visit CEG

Last week we were very happy to welcome three special visitors from a Middle School Molde, Norway. Within the Erasmus+ program teachers can take part in job shadowing projects to experience and compare various school systems, teaching programs and pedagogical approaches. The three Norwegian teachers were shown around our historical school building, attended lots of different lessons and enjoyed the cultural sights of Erlangen and Bamberg. They were highly impressed by the teaching methods as well as the offered integrational concepts for the Ukrainian students.

We have also greatly profited from the exchange with the Norwegian teachers as we could discuss various educational programs and methods. The next step will be to reciprocate the visit and send CEG teachers to Molde to receive an even better insight into their school system. In the near future we also plan an exchange with students of year 9 with the project focus on democratic participation, global citizenship and international politics as well as cultural exchange.

For further information on our Erasmus+ program have a look at .

The Erasmus+ team

Swedish teachers visit CEG

Swedish teachers visit CEG

As we are getting closer to Christmas and the northern winds blew some special visitors our way. No, we are not talking about Santa Claus this time. Instead, we were happy to welcome two teachers from our exchange partner school in Örebro, Sweden at CEG. After having visited the Carolinska Gymnasiet in Örebro this September, it was time for a return visit from 5 to 9 December here in Erlangen.

Our guests were shown around our historical school building by some of our students and attended several lessons. The Swedish teachers told us that they were especially impressed by the cleanliness of our students and the highly structured approach of our lessons. In addition to this, we had the opportunity to introduce them to some regional Christmas traditions like „Lebkuchen“, „Spekulatius“ and the beauty of our Christmas markets.

Next to the goal of getting to know each other’s schools and hometowns more closely, we advanced our planning and preparations for our mutual exchange with students of our 10th year in March 2023. The focus will be on education for democratic participation, global citizenship and international politics as well as cultural exchange.

We are already looking forward to seeing our Swedish friends again early next year and will be reporting here on the CEG homepage and on our Instagram channel .

Merry international Christmas

The Erasmus+ team

Sweden, here I go again – my, my, how can I resist you?

Sweden, here I go again – my, my, how can I resist you?

Erasmus+ Team to Sweden for Job Shadowing

Having gotten into contact with teachers from the lovely city of Örebro, Sweden on an Erasmus+ teacher training in Dublin one year ago, it was time for us to pay our friends a visit.

The focus of our one-week stay in Örebro was to get to know the Swedish school system, the Karolinska Gymnasiet school, and how the teachers and students work together. The way students were given a lot of responsibility and freedom to use their assigned study time was really inspiring. We were also amazed by the quality of students‘ performance during oral tests and how authentic the whole setting was. We can definitely also profit from the best practice examples of interdisciplinary cooperation we saw and were allowed to participate in. Besides the motivation and inspiration we took home from our stay, we were also able to secure the cooperation of the Karolinska Gymnasiet Örebro for collaborative a project between our students focussing on global citizenship and education for democratic participation, which we will start later this year.

We have also had the opportunity of getting to know the beautiful city of Örebro. It is a city about 200km west of Stockholm and very much like Erlangen. It has about the same number of inhabitants and schools, and also feels a little bit like our hometown. The Swedish people are absolutely open-minded and we felt welcome wherever we went. We also have to concede that the cliché of Scandinavians generally being very fluent in English proved to be true.

On our way back to Germany we made a little stop in Stockholm to take in the skyline and visit some museums and other cultural sights. We have to admit that we have fallen in love with Sweden head over heels and are really looking forward to working together with our partners from Örebro!

The Erasmus+ Team of the CEG

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