Jacob Adelgren

Home University: Vassar College
Major: German Studies and Physics
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
E-Mail: jacob@daad-ambassadors.org
Hi all! I studied in Munich during the Sommersemester 2014. I took classes at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and also had an internship at this little company called Symeo (a Siemens spin-off) that designs GPS and other positioning technologies—both hardware and software. I worked more in the software sector, helping with data (statistical) analysis and evaluating some new antennae that the company wanted to try out. Everything was in German so that was both fun and challenging, certainly an awesome experience!
Andrew Allee

Home University: University of Missouri, Columbia
Major: Biochemistry
Program/University in Germany: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
E-Mail: andrew@daad-ambassadors.org
I am living proof that studying abroad in Germany can be a relevant and transformative experience for students in the sciences and engineering. The summer before my junior year in the biochemistry program at the University of Missouri, I spent three months in Germany as a RISE research intern. Even with no prior knowledge of the German language, I was able to contribute to my English-speaking research group in bioprocess engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. This laboratory introduced me to the field of bioenergy for the very first time, and it’s because of my RISE internship that I am now pursuing a career in this area. Of course, my experience went beyond tinkering in a lab. When I wasn’t working, I had the opportunity to master public transportation, plan weekend trips, and engage with a rich, new culture. To top it all off, I am still graduating on time and now have valuable international work experience with experts in my field. One of my goals as a Young Ambassador is to convince science and engineering students that exchange programs to Germany can be about more than painting castles and studying a foreign language; whatever your interest, there is a DAAD program for you!
Victoria Bierwirth

Home University: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Major: Geological Engineering
Program/University in Germany: Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg
E-Mail: victoria@daad-ambassadors.org
Hey everybody! My name is Vicki Bierwirth and I am currently entering my senior year studying Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. I had the opportunity during the 2012-2013 year, to fulfill my duties as a student ambassador in Germany through a public diplomacy fellowship called the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. I was chosen as one of 75 participants to live in Germany for a year where I had first undergone intensive language training in Saarbrücken for two months which successfully increased my German vocabulary from the word squirrel to conversational German. I then moved to Freiberg in Sachsen to attend university at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg for four months where I also volunteered at a local nursing home. It was at the Seniorenwohnheim where my primitive German was put to the test and making connections with the German public became imperative. The remainder of my year in Germany was spent interning at Beak Consultants GmbH, a consulting company focusing on mining, GIS/cartography, and software development. During my year abroad, I was also able to witness many cultures quite different than my own throughout my travels in Europe. I can say with a high degree of confidence, that the world is full of potential with opportunities to be fulfilled and I am here to assist you in your future ambitions!
Hjalmar Breit

Home University: University of Mississippi
Major: International Studies and Economics
Program/University in Germany: Universität Potsdam
E-Mail: hjalmar@daad-ambassadors.org
Hey, Leute! I'm Hjalmar Breit, a senior at Ole Miss studying international studies and economics. Last year, I took the opportunity to study at the Universität Potsdam and to put it simply, I had a blast. Studying in Germany gave me a lot of opportunities that I simply wasn't afforded at home, such as the possibility to experience a major city (my hometown is 12,000 people; Berlin is about 3.4 million). In addition to the obvious possibilities like improving my German, studying in Germany afforded me other, hidden opportunities: I've met people not only from Germany and Europe, but from all over the world. I was able to attend events and parties that never could have happened at home, like watching my host country win the World Cup, a TEDtalk on Friedrichstraße, and the insanity that is Berlin on New Year's Eve. I even discovered new interests that I don't think I would have discovered at home, such as judo! The adventures I've had and the wonders I've discovered during my time in Germany have me hooked, and I am absolutely looking forward to returning sometime in the near future and gushing about it to anyone who's curious in the meantime!!!
Nadia P. Chouinard

Home University: McGill University
Major: Commerce
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
E-Mail: nadia@daad-ambassadors.org
Servus! My name is Nadia and in 2013, I made a life-changing decision: studying in Munich for a semester. Before leaving my friends and family kept asking me “Why Germany?” All I could respond was “Why not?” What was a simple curiosity for a foreign culture and language turned out be an incredible journey. Not only did I add a third language to my tool box, I experienced a culture way beyond the preconceptions I had always heard about. The German people are warm, inviting, inclusive, thoughtful and generous! Whether it’s in the small gestures or large events, it was an unforgettable experience. Being invited to spend a few days in a small village of Bavaria at the parents of my Montreal German professor’s home was simply divine. At the other end of the spectrum, celebrating the achievement of Germany as winner of the FIFA World Cup 2014 with the locals certainly made a lot of my friends jealous! Needless to say, it is hard to come back to Canada unchanged after such a journey.
Austin Davis

Home University: University of Michigan
Major: German and Communication Studies
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: austin@daad-ambassadors.org
Hello! My name is Austin Davis, and I'm a senior at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where I'm a dual-major in German and Communication Studies. My relationship with Germany's language and culture ispretty extensive. I began learning German when I was twelve, and studied the language all throughout high school and college. I've spent the past year living and studying in Freiburg as a part of the Academic Year in Freiburg program hosted through the University of Wisconson-Madison. This year was an incredible experience! Being able to study at the Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg was, of course, a major challenge on my language capabilities, but it was also an awesome opportunity to engage in a university system so different from what I'm used to. During my time abroad I was able to do a lot of traveling, working in downtown Freiburg at a local pub, and naturally improving my German. Living abroad in a country like Germany—right in the middle of Europe and a cross-roads for people from around the world—exposed me to many different cultures, and helped me to cultivate an international awareness which I consider to be invaluable. I would recommend Germany as a prime location for anyone thinking of traveling or studying abroad. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
Alexandra Foster

Home University: Xavier University
Major: Accounting and Finance
Program/University in Germany: Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
E-Mail: allie@daad-ambassadors.org
Servus! I’m Allie Foster, current senior at Xavier University with an Accounting and Finance double major. I was fortunate enough to participate in a year-long study abroad direct exchange program at Katholische Universität Eischstätt-Ingolstadt in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. Before my study abroad, I’d been out of the country but never on an adventure like this one. It was my first time living on my own and doing that in a place where you can’t speak the language very well is incredibly intimidating. Thanks to the pre-semester German course I took, I quickly became friends with many international students. I owe so much to them as they helped me countless times in surviving abroad and our shenanigans throughout the first semester were some I will never forget! Running around Berlin for a weekend, riding the train early in the morning for Oktoberfest in München (Munich), and meeting up for Stammtisch every Wednesday night in a local bar were some memories I will miss the most and cherish forever. In my second semester I had much more time between classes and was able to travel more, although I always found myself anxious to get back home to Germany. I was so lucky to be able to get to as many places as I did and meet the people I met and am now friends with. I cannot express enough just how much my experiences in Germany have opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and living. Europe itself is amazing but Germany is a real treat. If ever you get to Europe, be sure to stop in Germany for a long while and feel free to contact me with any questions on my time there or even questions about traveling in general!
Hannah Heagy

Home University: Valparaiso University
Major: German and Spanish
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: hannah@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Hannah Heagy and I am currently a senior at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. I spent my junior year studying in Tübingen, Germany at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Although Tübingen is small, the student life and the international community in the city are remarkable. Students comprise about a third of Tübingen’s population, which means there is always something going on and many opportunities to get involved with student groups and make friends. During my year in Tübingen I played cello in the Studentenphilharmonie (Student Philharmonic), sang in an international student choir, and became closely involved with Unterwegs, a Christian fellowship group on campus. I am grateful for my experiences and for the people who welcomed me into these communities. My experience at Uni Tübingen have made me an advocate for getting involved and “putting yourself out there” during a semester or year abroad. Extra-curricular activities put language skills into practice in a way that classroom learning cannot and the relationships I formed in my involvement this year, both with German and international students are invaluable. If you have any questions about living and studying in Germany, want to learn more about my experience, or want any tips, feel free to contact me!
Lisa Herbert

Home University: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Germanic Languages and Literatures and Environmental Earth Science
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: lisa@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Lisa Herbert, and I studied for two semesters at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg. I am entering my senior year at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Earth Science and German, and in Tübingen I took courses in Geologie and Germanistik. I had studied German for eight years prior to my time in abroad, and even after this year I feel that I still have so much more to learn! I have fallen in love with the German language, and am deeply impressed by the people and the country. On the world stage, Germany is a force to be reckoned with. Philosophy, theology, literature, art, and music all have very deep roots there, and despite its tumultuous history, today the country is a world leader in science, technology, and economics (to name just a few). Although I was initially nervous about moving to a strange country, the people I met were so welcoming and friendly, and now Tübingen has become my adoptive home. This town has been the setting of the experiences that transformed me and my understanding of the world. I want to share everything I have learned with other students at my university, and encourage them to go there themselves to see how Germany will transform them, as it did me.
Zachary Herriges

Home University: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Major: Economics and German Studies
Program/University in Germany: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
E-Mail: zachary@daad-ambassadors.org
Gude!! My name is Zach Herriges. I was selected for the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for the academic year 2013-2014. I was very fortunate to have gotten the chance to study at the Goethe-Uni in Frankfurt with help from the DAAD. Goethe-Uni is well-known for its graduate level programs, especially through the House of Finance. I was able to have some great experiences at the Uni, listening to presentations from some of the large companies of Frankfurt and even the Staatsminister of Hessen, Dr. Thomas Schäfer. Though I had had exposure to the German culture through my German studies at my home university, my experience at a German Uni helped me decide to take my education further; I will be applying to a few master’s programs in various cities in Germany to get a chance to study there as a full-time student. I have both scary and funny stories from while I was in Frankfurt, so if you want to know more about my experiences or studying in Germany in general, send me an email! Tschau!!
Sommer Ireland

Home University:Washington and Lee University
Major: Economics and German
Program/University in Germany: Universität Bayreuth
E-Mail: sommer@daad-ambassadors.org
Servus! My name is Sommer Ireland and I am a senior finishing up my double major in Economics and German this year at Washington & Lee University. My experiences with Germany, its culture, and the German language have really only happened since I started college. I’ve been blessed with an amazing German department here, which has given me so many opportunities to delve into German studies. I’ve studied abroad on three separate occasions in different cities in Germany with completely different study abroad programs. My first study abroad in Münster was an intensive language program through Hampden-Sydney College, where I lived with a host family for almost six weeks. At this point in my college career, I had only just finished up 100-level German, so living with a German speaking family, navigating the buses, and everything in between was a huge leap out of my comfort zone. I loved every minute of it. As soon as I left Frankfurt Airport I knew I had to go back, and I did. The following summer I studied as an exchange student at Universität Bayreuth. Living in Bayreuth, I lived with four other German university students, took classes in German, and traveled all around the country in my free time. As if the summer wasn’t enough, I went back just six weeks later to Freiburg as a participant in IES Abroad’s European Union program. Each experience was unique, and something I wouldn’t trade for the world. They’ve all shaped me into the person I am now, taught me things about myself that I would never have learned otherwise, and given me so many friends and memories along the way that I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Germany!
Cilia Jaeger

Home University: Drexel University
Major: Biological Sciences
Program/University in Germany: Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg
E-Mail: cilia@daad-ambassadors.org
Moin! I am Cilia Jaeger from Drexel University. I study biological sciences and business administration. I got the opportunity to participate in the DAAD Study and Internship Program last year in the beautiful city of Hamburg. I was hoping to perfect my German and gain an insight into the influential biomedical/pharmaceutical industry in Germany. For the first six months I studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg. Then I did an internship at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine. I worked on developing a quick diagnostic test for yellow fever virus. My time in Hamburg was absolutely amazing. I met so many great people who helped me grow intellectually and spiritually. The many canals, the Alster, and the old buildings make Hamburg absolutely gorgeous. In fact, its beauty motivated me to train and run the Hamburg Marathon. Not to mention Hamburg offers a great social life with the many open air concerts, Reeperbahn, theater scene, and Fischmarkt. I loved every minute of my experience in Germany and I can only recommend going abroad to Germany!
Lindsay Janice

Home University: University of Mount Union
Major: German and International Studies
Program/University in Germany: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
E-Mail: lindsay@daad-ambassadors.org
Moin Moin! My name is Lindsay, and I have had the utmost pleasure studying for a double major in German and International Studies as well as a minor in Japanese. Can you tell I enjoy foreign languages? And you know what I also enjoy? Germany. In the fall semester of 2013, I got to study abroad in a little town called Lüneburg up in the state of Niedersachsen. I realize that this is cliché to say this but that semester truly changed my life, and I would go back in a heartbeat. In those short three and a half months, I was able to experience things that I never would have been able to experience in America, created unforgettable memories and friends, and even acquired the skills of adaptability and independence. That is just barely scratching the surface of my semester, and any more detail about it would require me to speak for an entire week. I will say this though: When there is a chance to study abroad, do it! It is well worth it! The courses that I've taken involved learning more of the language as well as culture and the European Union. I couldn't have gained the knowledge for these topics in a better way! Not only that, but I had the opportunity to visit other countries and cultures such as Italy and Sweden! I absolutely love talking about Germany and my experience, and I would love to share all that I know with you. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me! Vielen Dank!
Christiana Jian

Home University: Simon Fraser University
Major: Business Administration
Program/University in Germany: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: christiana@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Christiana and I am a senior at Simon Fraser University, majoring in Business Administration. Summer 2014 has to be one of the most amazing moments of my undergraduate life, because I went on exchange in Deutschland. I spent this wonderful summer taking business courses at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Life as an exchange student is beyond awesome, because you will get to meet people from all around the world, to explore places where you have not been to before, and also to experience the local life there. Berlin is a city, a Bundesland, the capital and one of the coolest places in the world. It has beautiful views, history, culture and people; you will find it is just the right place to be. During my four months in Germany, I got to explore some other European countries, met more interesting people and became more independent. It is possible to get around Europe with English but if you manage to know some local languages, life rocks! As a beginner to German, I took a language course during my exchange, through which I gained some basic conversational skills and got more insightful views of the German culture. If you are ready to experience another culture, to explore great places, to learn a useful foreign language, to develop lifelong friendships with interesting people, and to challenge yourself to be more independent; Deutschland is the place for you! I am more than happy to share my study abroad experiences with you, please do not hesitate to send me an email if you have any questions about studying in Germany. Tschüss!
Nicholas Koehling

Home University: Ohio University
Major: History and German
Program/University in Germany: Universität Leipzig
E-Mail: nicholas@daad-ambassadors.org
Hello, my name is Nick Koehling. I am a senior at Ohio University majoring in German and history. I recently completed a semester studying at the University of Leipzig. Studying in Germany was by far the best decision I have made in my academic career. I was able to study at the University of Leipzig through a direct exchange with my home university. My interest in history and German made studying in a traditional and modern epicenter of German culture a once in a lifetime experience. My interest in history and the German language made Leipzig the perfect place to study. After my time within the German education system, I realized that German universities produce competent and sought after graduates within the global market. Beyond the academic side, studying in Germany put me in the position to meet great friends and travel throughout Europe in my free time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want to discuss your options regarding studying in Germany.
Timur Kuzibaev

Home University: Florida International University
Major: Political Sciences
Program/University in Germany: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: timur@daad-ambassadors.org
Hello, my name is Timur Kuzibaev and I am a senior at Florida International University studying Political Science. I was fortunate to be selected to participate in Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals fellowship. This one year program is a reciprocal exchange program between the United States and Germany, designed to strengthen ties and understanding between both nations and subsequently contribute to sustainable progress and peace among the citizens of the world. I had the opportunity to study the German language in the beautiful city of Saarbrücken, which is located in Southwest of the country. As someone who had never studied German language before these two months were extremely memorable due to the excellent professors and great new friends that I made. After completion of language school my next stop was the capital of Germany, Berlin, where I attended Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. At Humboldt, I attended classes in the field of political science as well as international relations. During my university phase I joined multiple clubs and extracurricular activities which allowed me to meet new people as well as try new and exciting things. My last five months, I spent interning at the Deutsch-Russische Kulturinstitut e.V. in Dresden or as it is better known “the Florence on the Elbe.” The new experiences and perspectives that I gained from one year of studying and interning in Germany have undoubtedly had positive effects on my personal, academic, and professional life. I would like to encourage everyone to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that are available in Germany. If you have any questions regarding opportunities to study in Germany please contact me.
Arhea Marshall

Home University: Bowdoin College
Major: German, Environmental Studies and Dance
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: arhea@daad-ambassadors.org
Liebe Leser, my name is Arhea Marshall and I am a senior at Bowdoin College, where I am a German and Environmental Studies major with a Dance minor. I am originally from Trinidad but have lived in New York for the last eleven years. I have been studying German for the past seven years. This long adventure with German began in high school where during my senior year I was blessed to receive a PASCH- Schule der Zukunft Summer Scholarship to study at a Goethe-Institut Jugend Kurs on the foot of Schwarzwald at the Birkelhof site. During this month, German became more than a language, historical player, more than a class, it became alive. The history, the people, the Märchen, the multiculturalism – were a part of everyday life. As a result of this experience, I continued studying German in college, where I grew more interested in the artists and the art and what I consider my focus up until today- der Alltag- the everyday. Der Alltag to me, includes but is not limited to food, relationships, dialects and the effects of history on the present day. During my junior year at Bowdoin College, I decided to return to Germany with the Antioch in Tübingen program where I enrolled directly on the Universität Tübingen and took classes alongside German and international students in the fields of linguistics, cultural research, and environmental analysis. The experience was like none other. The time I spent outside of my comfort zone meeting other people and volunteering with BUND (Germany Friends of the Environment) and volunteering at a school shaped my experience well. If you’d like to know more about my experience or about studying in Germany and etc., please feel free to contact me. Mach’s gut! Liebe Grüße, Arhea.
Toby Mayer

Home University: York University
Major: Psychology and Sexuality Studies
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: toby@daad-ambassadors.org
Grüß dich! My name is Toby and I am currently completing my last year of my Honours B.A. in Psychology and Sexuality Studies at York University in Toronto. I plan on working as a psychologist with LGBT youth after my studies. With the support of a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, I spent the 2013-14 school year completing an 11 month exchange at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, via the Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program. Though I had my doubts and worries before departing, my time in Germany was successful and truly one of my most rewarding experiences. With only 3 years of German language studies behind me, I passed all my exams for my classes-which were taught in German! Studying in another language and in a different perspective really deepened my understanding of my studies and provided me with a new set of skills to use in my future studies. I also completed a practicum with the university's Psychological Institute, working on a new neuro-feedback training method as a treatment for ADHD. Outside of school, I was able to travel through Germany and neighboring lands, trying new food, enjoying the beautiful scenery and multiple festivals and markets with the amazing friends I met- the Christmas markets here are definitely a sight to see! Germany is a great place for international students to study- the universities are great, the people are friendly and there are so many student supports and services available. The hardest part was returning to Canada once my exchange was over! My exchange made such an impact in my life that I plan on returning to Germany to complete my Master's studies. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. I look forward to helping you make the most of your time abroad. Tschüss!
Kirsten Melnyk

Home University: University of New Brunswick
Major: Chemical Engineering
Program/University in Germany: Hochschule Furtwangen
E-Mail: kirsten@daad-ambassadors.org
Hello! My name is Kirsten Melnyk and I’m studying Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Last year I had the most amazing opportunity to work for eight-months at a company called Gambro, in the little town of Hechingen. Gambro is a medical device company that produces kidney and liver dialyzers for patients in need of acute or chronic therapies. At Gambro, I worked in a lab with the membranes running tests to optimize their different properties. This experience was inspiring to say the least. One week after arriving, I could not get enough of my new home and quickly immersed myself in the German culture. From going on a hiking and rafting trip in Austria with my company, to swimming in the Baltic Sea in Sweden, to visiting the Burg Hollenzollen in my town; I could not have asked for a better experience. Because I was in Germany on a work term I got direct exposure to the working part of Germany and made some great connections. Germany is one of the countries with the strongest economies and one of the greenest with new technologies; it was great to see how they have accomplished this. Studying or working abroad has a huge benefit! Not only will future employers be intrigued when they see your experience on your resume but the things you learn about yourself and the countries you visit are priceless. I am excited to be a DAAD Young Ambassador and I am more than happy to help discover what opportunities the DAAD has to offer for you! Tschüss!
Mia Mihailovic

Home University: Oregon State University
Major: Chemical Engineering
Program/University in Germany: Universität Tübingen
E-Mail mia.mihailovic.daad@gmail.com

My name is Mia Mihailovic. I am going into my senior year at Oregon State University. I study chemical engineering (with an environmental processes option) with a minor in German. I studied abroad in Tübingen spring of 2012. I was in a program called “Spring Intensive Program” which was an exchange that my university offered. I was in class about eight hours a day with other American students, studying German language and culture (intensively!). I had an amazing grammar teacher and I owe very much of my German language skills to her. She was always prepared for class, held high expectations, and refused to speak English, and somehow explained everything to us in German, although we were only beginners. I made a very close group of American friends from different parts of the country, a couple with whom I am still best friends. I lived in student housing, and although my floor was not the cleanest place, my wonderful German flatmates made it more than bearable. I was given the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and explore many cultures and meet people who, even after only one conversation, are still engrained in my memories because of the profound ideas or kindness they shared. Not only was my time in Germany the most fun I have ever had, it was also very influential. The efficiency (in alternative energy, public transportation, waste recycling, etc.) I witnessed while in Germany has encouraged me to think about how other countries can model certain aspects of German engineering practices in order to progress sustainably. Sustainable development is my passion, but I am confident that Germany is a great place to study for other students as well - if not for the trains, buses, and biomüll, then surely for its rich history and traditions, open-minded culture, social interactions, sports and beer. Please contact me with any questions!
Breena Miller

Home University: San Francisco State University
Major: Communicative Disorders
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: breena@daad-ambassadors.org
Greetings! My name is Breena Miller and I'm currently studying to become a bilingual speech therapist. I attend San Francisco State University with a major in Communicative Disorders and a minor in German. In the last academic year, I was awarded with a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship which made it possible for me to fulfill my academic goals abroad at the Universität Tübingen. The city of Tübingen is a hidden gem located in southern Germany and holds a plethora of opportunity for students. I studied the German language and culture and took courses in language development and psychology. Outside of the university, I took many opportunities to interact with and teach German children and adolescents through the Rent-An-American program at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, volunteering at Kindergartens and private tutoring. Furthermore, I was able to increase my understanding of the German culture dramatically by becoming proficient in German, living with a host family for six weeks, and spending a significant amount of time with Germans in various cities across the country. The experience of studying abroad has impacted me deeply on an academic and personal level. I have overcome tremendous challenges and have gained some of my best friends and greatest experiences. I am so thrilled to motivate and assist others in fulfilling their goals abroad and I encourage anyone with interests to contact me.
Patrick Molligo

Home University: Cornell University
Major: Economics and German Studies
Program/University in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: patrick@daad-ambassadors.org
I spent the 2013-14 academic year studying both economics (Volkwirtschaftslehre) and German Studies in Berlin at the Freie Universität. I participated in the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) exchange program with roughly 15 other students from the US. After a mandatory guest stay I spent ten of the eleven total months living in an apartment with another German. Probably the most rewarding aspect of the program was the ability to live independently and get to know Germans outside of the academic sphere. This obviously helps with language learning, but it also enables a full immersion in the culture. I’ve learned to think in different ways and, whether I agree with everything or not, the open discourses and conversations I’ve been able to have with my German peers have offered me new perspectives on politics, economics, and even philosophy. In fact, my experiences in Berlin were so influential that I’ve now got my mind set on completing a masters program in economics in Germany. Regardless of how long students wish to study abroad, I cannot emphasize enough the value of learning at a foreign university.
Tiann Nelson-Luck

Home University: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Major: Political Science and German
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: tiann@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo hallo hallo! My name is Tiann Nelson-Luck and I am entering my fourth year studying Political Science and German with a special focus on European Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My year abroad at the Albert-Ludwigs University just wrapped up as a part of the Academic Year in Freiburg program; this was my first time abroad and a year was a big leap! But a truly wonderful one. My time in Germany flew by and before I knew it a year was up. Germany allowed me to grow in many ways academically, professionally, and personally. A highlight of my year was being afforded the opportunity to teach English to two-year olds through the Carl-Schurz Haus. Although they could hardly speak German…or walk for that matter…it was a highlight of every week there. I was also able to complete an internship with the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung. At this point in my studies, I thought I knew many of the opportunities I could achieve with a political science major, but this internship showed me a whole new level of politics, where information is provided to the public out of a want to really educate the population on current issues. I realized early on that in Germany one encounters daily an array of cultures, not only based on countries, but even different regions within Germany that have proven to be very different during my time there. Making the friends and connections that I did are invaluable memories of my time there, and relationships that I hope to carry into the future. Freiburg became my second home in the course of a year, and I could not have asked for more. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! Tschau!
Peter Pettersen

Home University: Western Washington University
Major: Mathematics and German
Program/University in Germany: Leuphana Universitaet Lüneburg
E-Mail: peter@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Peter and I am pursuing a major in Mathematics and minors in Economics and German at Western Washington University. In high school I had the privilege of becoming close friends with a German international student. This friendship inspired me to travel and to one day pick up the study of the language. Once in college, I took the opportunity to study in Lüneburg, Germany (near the home of my high school friend, in Hamburg). In the States as well as abroad, I discovered my passion for all things international and took a particular interest in Germany. Since coming back from my semester there, I have participated in the international buddy program at my school, which gave me a chance to stay in touch with the international crowd including Germans. My goal is to one day take a job in Germany and experience all that the country has to offer. This year I am looking forward to helping out any students interested in pursuing any kind of opportunity in Germany!
Dragana Prvulovic

Home University: University of Western Ontario
Major: International Relations and German Studies
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: dragana@daad-ambassadors.org
Servus! My name is Dragana and I am a fourth year student majoring in International Relations with a minor in German Studies at the University of Western Ontario. During the 2013/2014 academic year I had the opportunity to spend a year studying at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Tübingen, Baden Württemberg, one of the most prestigious universities in all of Germany. I enjoyed my independence and adventures in a foreign land so much that I decided to inform myself on opportunities to pursue my graduate degree in Western Europe. I believe that by sending students to Germany, we are working towards combining the best factors that the North American and German societies have to offer in order to create the perfect society. By incorporating positive German elements (for instance: the extensive recycling system), we would be enriching and ameliorating some aspects of North American society. The only way to accomplish this is to educate North American citizens about the German way of life. I cannot recommend enough the necessity for students to leave their homeland and see the world. Not only will they educate themselves about foreign norms and cultures, but they will also grow as individuals along the way. They will open their minds to new possibilities and learn just how much they can accomplish on their own. Studying abroad is the best way to see the world and open doors to successful futures. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
Mark Ryan

Home University: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Major: German
Program/University in Germany: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Universität Kassel
E-Mail: mark@daad-ambassadors.org
Moin! I'm Mark, a native of Newfoundland, Canada. I've been studying German for a number of years (in high school and university), and I believe it to be quite possibly the best language in the world - though I may be biased after so much time! I've been very fortunate to be accepted as the DAAD Young Ambassador for Memorial University of Newfoundland in my hometown of St. John's. I have studied in Germany twice: attending 'Der Internationale Ferienkurs' in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg in 2011, and living with a guest family in Kassel, Hessen while taking part in the Canadian Summer School in Germany program offered by the University of Alberta. Both of my trips to Germany were incredible, leaving me with countless memories and valuable life experiences (not to mention friends)! Living with a German family for six weeks in Kassel was an indescribable experience and made me come to appreciate the country, and its many facets, all the more. The country, as beautiful as its language, has many things to offer for those looking to study abroad. I am looking forward to helping other young people discover the German language, and can't wait to get started. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Wiedersehen!
Nicole Schachter

Home University: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Major: Psychology and German
Program/University in Germany: Universität Konstanz
E-Mail: nicole@daad-ambassadors.org
Hello, I am Nicole and I am currently in my fourth year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am a member of the International Honors College and am a double major in psychology and German. Last semester I was able to work as an intern in Herzogenaurach (a town in Bavaria) as well as study in Konstanz, Germany. It was a life changing experience. I was able to gain a much better understanding of daily life in Germany, beyond all the tourist attractions. Germany not only offers an exciting time abroad but also a diverse amount of career opportunities. During my time here I was able to work on my thesis and also have memorable adventures as well as greatly improve my German. I was able to visit numerous German cities, take part in summer festivals, explore castles, and so much more. If you would like any information or have any questions about studying or working in Germany please feel free to contact me at any time!
Benjamin Schroeder

Home University: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Major: Urban Studies and German
Program/University in Germany: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
E-Mail: benjamin@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Ben Schroeder, and I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying Urban Studies, German, and Geography. I recently completed a semester at Goethe-Universität in the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt am Main through the Hessen-Wisconsin exchange program. Even though it was my first time travelling outside of the U.S., I quickly fell in love with Germany – the language, the people, the trains, the culture, and of course the food! The best part of my semester abroad was renting a car and driving with some friends through the Alps and the Black Forest – a road trip on the Autobahn is something I would wholeheartedly recommend to any fellow students studying in Germany. My semester abroad confirmed that I am making the right decision in pursuing an internationally focused career. My time east of the Atlantic did not feel like nearly enough, and I think anybody who studies in Germany will feel the same way. I look forward to being a resource for fellow students who are considering pursuing this adventure for themselves. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding studying in Frankfurt or Germany in general!
Emma Seckinger

Home University: Concordia University
Major: History and Anthropology
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
E-Mail: emma@daad-ambassadors.org
Hello, my name is Emma Seckinger and I am currently studying History and Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. I studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München for the 2014 summer semester. I am the daughter of a German immigrant and have always wished to visit my father’s country and get to experience German culture in its most authentic state. I was lucky to get the MERSTS, as student mobility bursary, for the duration of my stay, which helped me defray my living accommodation, school supplies, etc. I had been studying German before leaving for Munich and found that having a basic knowledge of the language was a great attribute. Almost everyone in Munich speaks English, but the locals are also very helpful and try to teach you as much as they can about the language if you express a desire to learn. I found that my host university had a great variety of history classes for me to choose from and, although all my classes were in fact in English, most of my classmates were German. The university provided great immersion programs, activities and opportunities, which lead to lasting friendships and memories. I visited many cities in Bavaria and Germany, but was most fortunate to use Germany’s centrality to visit neighbouring countries. I was lucky enough to talk to people who had studied in Germany before leaving and found their advice very useful once in the country. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions as I am more than happy to share the incredible experience I was lucky enough to take part of.
Taylor Wakefield

Home University: Santa Clara University
Major: English and German Studies
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-University München
E-Mail: taylor@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Taylor Wakefield and I am currently a senior, majoring in English and German Studies at Santa Clara University. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to study in Germany on two different occasions! During the summer after my freshman year, I spent 4 weeks taking an intensive German course at Freiburg Universität. This program was especially fun because it was an international program. I met students from Russia, Japan, Turkey, Poland, and many other countries. It was an eye opening experience, taking a class with students from all over the world (compared to German classes with American students at my home university). In addition to the wonderful international friends I made, I got to explore Freiburg, Switzerland, and France (the countries being only an hour away on the train!). The second time I studied in Germany was in the fall of last year, where I spent my semester in Berlin, in a program associated with Humboldt Universität. And boy! What a change it was from little Freiburg. Berlin was absolutely fantastic. Going from the Reichstag, to seeing the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, supporting Hertha BSC soccer team, and walking through the numerous Christmas markets, it is no surprise that Berlin has so many places to explore! I can still picture my favorite Döner stand! I have always been in love with Germany and I am already itching to go back. My experience in Germany has changed me in ways I cannot even begin to explain. Currently, I am exploring ways in which I can teach English in Germany after I graduate from SCU. At least that’s the plan! I love to talk about Germany and the experience there, so please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or concerns!
Christine Wamsley

Home University: Colby College
Major: German Studies and Biochemistry
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
E-Mail: christine@daad-ambassadors.org
Servus! My name is Christine Wamsley. I am a German Studies and Biochemistry double major at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. For my semester abroad, I participated in EuroScholars, an undergraduate program that offers research opportunities all throughout Europe. Although I technically attended the Ludwig-Maxilimilians Universität in Munich, I was primarily based at the Deutsches Museum, the largest science and technology museum in the world. My research focused on the self-assembly of organic semiconductor nanostructures. The time I spent in the Nano- and Biotech Department of the museum was an incredibly valuable experience. I had the privilege of working with some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of nanotechnology and I learned a lot about a subject that was completely new to me. Furthermore, working in the museum allowed me to practice my German and improve my science communication skills, as I had to opportunity to speak with museum visitors as they passed by the lab. Apart from my studies, I also fell in love with Munich as a city. Before going abroad, I was already a huge Bayern Munich fan; it was a dream for me to spend a semester in the city of my team. While in Munich, I witnessed real Bavarian culture first-hand, not only at the soccer games, but in the beer gardens, on the streets, and with the food. I attended my first Oktoberfest, enjoyed relaxing in the English Garden with my friends in the evenings, and shopped at the Christmas markets all over the region during the holiday season. My semester abroad was a wonderful experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am grateful for the opportunity that I received to immerse myself in another culture and I cannot wait to share my stories with others.
Tyler Weiglein

Home University: Virginia Tech
Major: Civil Engineering
Program/University in Germany:Universität Stuttgart
E-Mail tyler.weiglein.daad@gmail.com
Servus! I am a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in civil engineering with minors in German and green engineering. This past summer, I was involved in isotope hydrology research at the University of Freiburg through DAAD RISE. Although I have been involved in undergraduate research for a while, this experience offered a completely new perspective on research by giving me a glimpse of the German research environment. In addition to participating in DAAD RISE, I also studied abroad at the University of Stuttgart in spring 2013, which has had an incredible impact on my life. Going abroad can be a challenging experience, but it has the potential to be life-changing. I would encourage everyone to seize the opportunity to study or intern abroad if they can!
Brenna Yellin

Home University: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Major: German and History
Program/University in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: brenna@daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Brenna and I’m a Senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Last year, I was the recipient of a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to study at the Freie Universtität in Berlin for an academic year. Being a History and German Studies double major really sparked my interest in the city. What I loved about studying in Berlin was that I could see the history I was learning about in class. Nothing can compare to seeing the Berlin Wall up close or speaking with people who actually lived through the history you’ve read about. Berlin is an amazingly vibrant city that has something for everyone. I’ve visited a cat café, gone to a Big Lebowski themed bar, walked through gorgeous gardens, found decent burritos, been awed by Christmas markets, enjoyed the scent of markets of just cheese, and hung out with friends by canals or lakes, all in one city. During the year, I was lucky enough to be able to travel around Europe, including Poland, Greece, the UK, Finland, and Hungary, which was an amazing experience. The people I met in Berlin also expanded and enriched my perspective of the world. My year in Germany helped me improve my languages skills, life skills, and strengthened my love of traveling. Studying abroad can definitely be daunting (I’m still not 100% sure of what I’m doing when I go to a post office!) which is why I would love to help you in any way I can. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or to just talk about studying abroad in Germany!