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Even students who aren’t German Studies majors take away life-changing lessons from our courses.
Joseph Jackson Richter: “I loved taking [Amanda Boyd’s] German class over the fall semester last year and learned so much! Over the summer I started an all German car show at a local ski resort on the St. Croix river outside of the twin cities. It was a really great show this year! I had the idea of it while sitting in my bed online and looking at authentic car shows in Germany!
The BMW Car Club of America, Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Porsche Club of America, and Audi Club of North America all teamed up with me and is/was helping to support it and put it on!”
2015 graduate Seth Grundstad was awarded a place in the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals:
Seth Grundstad: “I studied German and Mechanical Engineering at UND. Throughout my studies, I always wanted to participate in a study abroad program, but I felt as though there was never the perfect opportunity. Engineering demanded a strict schedule and did not allow for the normal semester/year abroad program. Luckily, through my German Advanced Grammar class I became familiar with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) program. CBYX is a program that allows for 75 young American professionals, ages 18-24, to study and work in Germany for one year. The program year is broken up into three separate phases: a two month advanced-language course, a five month study period at a German university, and a five moth internship at a German company. The CBYX program was the best one for me because it combines all of the best aspects of different abroad programs into on. I also enjoyed the fact that it allowed for me to go abroad after my graduation.
I am currently in Saarbrücken for the language school phase. In two weeks I will be moving to Magdeburg for phases two and three. My goal there is to eventually procure an internship with an Automotive Engineering company.
Outside of simply graduating, the hardest part of my university experience was balancing my two majors. It would have made life a lot easier to just study Engineering, but I know that then I would not have felt whole. Learning a foreign language is a wonder full experience, which simply cannot be replaced. Sticking with both majors and pursuing my passion is the only reason why I am currently enjoying this wonderful experience. I strongly recommend those who are struggling to find time for an abroad experience to look into the CBYX program.”
Study abroad for an academic year at our sister institution, University of Regensburg, in Bavaria. In 2015-2016, we have three students studying there.
Austin Borreson: “My next year will be one of my most difficult years I will face, but I am immensely excited for it! Being in a foreign country where the native language is not my own will reveal things I never knew about myself. It will also provide an abundance of life lessons that I could never get by staying in my home country.
I also would like vastly improve my German while I am here. I am excited for this wonderful opportunity to meet many new people from different cultures and discover what the world is really like!”
Sean Dewitz: “The trip to Regensburg was uneventful, besides my flight coming into Iceland 20 minutes late, transforming my 50 minute layover to become more of an Olympic sprint through the airport trying to clear EU customs and make it to my terminal. The man behind the help desk was ‘less than helpful’ he seemed quite irritated with me not being able to understand his heavy Bayern-Turkish accent thus resulting in my first missed bus. I however was lucky enough to run into an old German couple who were also going to Regensburg and were willing to help me out. They didn't speak any English, but I was more then pleased to start speaking right away in German. I arrived at the University with plenty of time to spare for an informational meeting and to get my apartment keys.
My building is located in the center of the Altstadt, Goldener Turm, and so far it has been wonderful. The building itself is an old merchant building from the 1400s, I believe, remodeled for student housing. Tourist groups come through our courtyard and some of the tour-guides have come to know me. Everything, besides the University, is within a short walk making shopping and the nightlife very convenient. I'll often find myself walking the streets early in the mornings just looking in at all the different shops the city has to offer, or later in the day sitting next to an old church borrowing the Wi-Fi to finish up the last of my homework from the ILC (Intensive language Course).
When they call it an Intensive Language Course, they don't fall short on their name. Every M-F from 8:30-2:30 everything is in German, and I couldn't be happier. I was even moved up a class after my second day there as the pace and level felt much too slow. I am the only native English speaker in my class so even if I wanted to speak in my Muttersprache, it doesn't benefit anyone. Even after only a week and a half in the class we can all understand so much better. Spanish, Mexican, Czech, Italian, Korean, French, Finnish, we have students from all over. But together we all share German.
Now the separation of languages does not stop you from making friends, oh no. If there is ever a student worried about being alone when they study abroad send them to me. On my first full weekend here we had made a group large enough that we couldn't fit everyone at 2 tables in Dult, Regensburg's regional Oktoberfest, which many of the locals prefer, and they sat 12 a piece. And you keep meeting more people, many of them are excited to meet a ‘real life American.’”