Ryan Adams

Home University: California State University, Long Beach
Major: German Studies
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: ryan[at]daad-ambassadors.org
I spent my fourth year at college abroad at the University of Freiburg studying German Literature and Linguistics, and it was the best year of my undergraduate career. Despite being relatively advanced in both my major and my German proficiency when I arrived, I was still was able to improve in both categories over the year. I also had the opportunity to take courses that were rarely offered at my home university—including Turkish!—and made friends from all over the world. Most of all, I will miss the opportunity to travel around Europe and explore the Black Forest in my free time. If you are still uncertain about your plans for Germany or DAAD, I would be happy to help you figure it out!
Marissa Aiken

Home University: Boise State University
Major: German
Program/University in Germany: Unveristät des Saarlands
E-Mail: marissa[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hällo! I’m Marissa and I’m a senior at Boise State University, majoring in German and minoring in Linguistics. My year in Saarbrücken, Germany, was not only a huge part of my degree, but also a tremendous experience for my development as a young adult and a world citizen. I firmly believe that learning a second -- or third or fourth or sixteenth -- language is vital for the growth of today’s citizens, but the six years I spent learning German in classrooms could never compare to the experience I had studying in Germany. From casual chats with my classmates to train rides across the continent to drizzly afternoons at regrown battlefields, my time in Saarbrücken gave me a whole new perspective on the role of our generation in today’s ever-changing world. But enough with the heavy stuff! Germany offers a wonderful, comforting, and quintessential European experience with all the benefits of good food, great beer, and the best array of people anyone could ask for. Engineers, physicists, mathematicians, scientists, artists, and linguists alike can find an abundance of support and creativity in Germany; anyone who loves to travel and wants to study will find a community there! So if you’re interested in Germany as a place to live, study, grow, and explore, please don’t hesitate to contact me - because whether it’s your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate, Germany has something to offer for everyone.
William Andrews

Home University: Colgate University
Major: German/International Relations
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: william[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is William Andrews and I am currently a senior pursuing a double major in German Language and Literature and International Relations at Colgate University in upstate New York. I only began studying German in my first year at my university; however, I quickly became hooked and spent my sophomore summer studying German in Vienna and I have just finished a semester abroad at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg through the Colgate University Freiburg Study Group program. I'm very interested in the cultural, political, and historical ties between the United States and Germany, and worked as an intern in an American Cultural House in Freiburg before beginning my semester. Studying in Germany has easily been the best part of my college career and I cannot stress how valuable these opportunities are. I believe that there is no other country that better represents modern Europe than Germany, as it is the physical and cultural bridge between "East" and "West." Germany certainly has many amazing and diverse places; however, I, especially, enjoyed my time in the very picturesque and green city of Freiburg in the Black Forest! I highly recommend studying in Germany and would be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in Germany, and especially Freiburg! Danke!
Nathan Babb

Home University: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Major: Economics
Program/University in Germany: University of Bonn
E-Mail: nathan[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hey, Leute! My name is Nathan Babb, and this year I'm a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in Economics with minors in German and Mathematics. I'm back from my year abroad at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhems Universität Bonn where I studied under the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. Trading a year in my home university for a year abroad in Bonn was the best decision of my life -- simply put. Studying abroad in Germany opened my eyes to new academic settings and rigorously challenged my perspective on the world by dispelling many stereotypes and by forming new impressions. In the event that I can be of any help, contact me! I am more than willing to share stories of my experiences abroad, and trust me, there are many!
Matthew Baldwin

Home University: University of Tulsa
Major: Chemical Engineering & German
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs University and University of Siegen
E-Mail: matthew[at]daad-ambassadors.org
From September 2014 to August 2015 I spent the year in Germany in two different universities. First, I studied a semester at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and then a second semester at the University of Siegen in Siegen, Germany. In this year abroad I was able to better my language skills and of course enjoy some of my hobbies. There were many opportunities to travel and see cities like Venice, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, and many others, but also enjoy the German countryside hiking and camping. Other hobbies of mine include swimming, reading, and a little writing and drawing.
Marissa Bowman

Home University: University of Notre Dame
Major: Psychology & International Economics with German
Program/University in Germany: Freie Universität; Institut für Medizinische Psychologie und Verhaltensneurobiologie
E-Mail: marissab[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo zusammen! My name is Marissa and I am a senior at Notre Dame studying Psychology and International Economics with German. I studied German for ten years before my first visit to Germany – and now I am hooked! The summer after my sophomore year of college, I had the opportunity to be a research intern for two months at the Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. I worked alongside medical students, doctoral students, and professors studying the relationship between sleep and memory. Conducting neuroscience experiments in German with participants was very nerve-wracking at the beginning, but by the end I was making jokes and feeling comfortable with explaining in detail the electrodes I was fastening to their heads to monitor sleep (sometimes creepy – and hard to explain even in English!) I then studied abroad for five months my junior year at Freie Universität Berlin. There, I received a scholarship to deepen my understanding of the arts and culture of Berlin, so when I was not in class, I visited many of Berlin’s museums, saw an opera in each of the three opera houses, and saw ballets, plays, and the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic. The opportunity to be immersed in this rich culture and to be consistently surrounded by the German language is impossible to get while studying at your home university. Going abroad to Germany allows you to not only learn about others, but also to learn a lot about yourself. Now is your chance as a student to explore the world – seize it! I love talking, especially about opportunities in Germany and my experiences, so please feel free to send me an email!
June Cabales

Home University: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Major: Hospitality Management & Hotel Administration
Program/University in Germany: Leuphana Universität
E-Mail: june[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Moin, my name is June! I’m a senior at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas studying Hospitality Management and Hotel Administration. I have completed minors in Marriage and Family Therapy and, of course, German Studies! This past fall, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Germany at the Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Were it not for the guidance and motivation of my International Program advisors, my German instructors, and my personal mentors and friends, I may not have ever had this truly life-changing experience. Through that experience, I have gained hardened independence and a new found confidence to pursue life like I never did before. I saw more of the world, made more lifelong friends, and learned more German than I ever could have imagined! I am so grateful for those that motivated and supported me to study abroad in Germany, and as a DAAD Young Ambassador I hope to give back the same. I hope to inspire others to take the chance, to travel, to live in a new place, to meet new people, and to study abroad in a country so rich with culture and so full of beautiful, caring people. Not without its challenges -- German Academia is no joke! The knowledge and perspective you can gain are incredible, and plus, you get to meet awesome people to party and travel with across Germany and Europe – call it networking! All in all, I can attest that studying abroad in Germany is an amazing experience. I hope everyone takes the chance to go out of their comfort zone to travel, live, and study abroad, and I hope Germany is where they plan to do it. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about studying abroad!
Matt Carl

Home University: Washington and Lee University
Major: German and Economics
Program/University in Germany: Universität Bayreuth
E-Mail: matt[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo zusammen! My name’s Matt and I am a junior double majoring in German and Economics with a minor in Mathematics at Washington and Lee University. I have been the fortunate beneficiary of a fantastic German program at my university, which encouraged my already strong interest in the German culture and language. As a freshman in 2014, I was lucky enough to spend a summer semester abroad at the Universität Bayreuth, where I lived with three other students of the university, took classes in German, played with a local soccer club, and travelled around the country in my free time. The most rewarding aspects of my sojourn abroad include the personal growth I experienced, as well as the lasting friendships that were established. Even more powerful than the academic component of studying abroad was the chance to engage with my peers outside of the classroom, learn first-hand about German culture, and challenge my opinions on political, economic, and philosophical issues. In this sense, I count long discussions at the dinner table as some of my best memories during my stay in Germany. Another of my fondest memories that summer (as a huge soccer fan) was being in Berlin the night that Germany won the World Cup. What a party that was! I am planning to go back to Germany next spring and summer to conduct research or work as an intern. My choice to study in Bayreuth has been one of the best and most rewarding in my academic career, and I would love to share more about my experiences. Please don’t hesitate to reach out! Tschüss!
Cassidy Chreene

Home University: University of West Georgia
Major: Mass Communications & German
Program/University in Germany: Otto-Hahn Gymnasium
E-Mail: cassidy[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Grüß dich! I’m Cassidy and I’m a senior at the University of West Georgia studying Journalism and German. My study abroad experience is a little different than the other Young Ambassadors; during my junior year of high school I participated in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, which is a 10-month scholarship program for high school or gap year students funded by the German and American governments. Studying abroad at such a young age definitely proved challenging, but it was also the most rewarding experience of my life and opened more doors for me than I ever thought possible. Being already fluent in German when I started university-level courses allowed me to build stronger relationships with my professors and also presented me with opportunities like a summer internship with the DAAD New York Office. While I personally haven’t participated in a university study abroad program, I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to study abroad at some point during their time as an undergraduate - preferably in Germany, because it offers opportunities for every academic discipline from the arts and humanities to engineering and sciences! You’ll quickly fall in love with the historic architecture, the long-standing cultural traditions, the public transportation systems, and (if you can get passed the frustration of der, die, and das) the language. So if you’re interested, feel free to shoot me an email and we can talk more!
Emily Clark

Home University: Northern Arizona University
Major: Biology & German
Program/University in Germany: Technische Universität Dortmund
E-Mail: emily[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo zusammen! My name is Emily Clark and I am a senior at Northern Arizona University double-majoring in Biology and German. I spent my junior year studying abroad in Dortmund, Germany. My first semester included studying at the Technische Universität Dortmund and teaching English at Ostenberg Grundschule. During my second semester I interned at the Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Physiologie. I’ve always had a passion for traveling and learning more of the German language and culture. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to not only experience the regional differences in Germany, but also to explore many other countries within Europe. I learned so much about the social manners and values of the German way of life, and adopted many of them as my own. Others have said that one semester is not enough to enjoy and experience their time abroad. I would disagree; I realized, upon my return, that even eleven months was not enough time, and there is so much more to learn! I have made lifetime friends and memories that have broadened my views of the world. My time in Germany was an amazing adventure and I encourage all to take that next step and take advantage of a life-changing event. I would be happy to speak with anyone having questions regarding studying or interning in Germany!
Hanna Denney

Home University: Clemson University
Major: German & International Trade
Program/University in Germany: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
E-Mail: hanna[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Moin! My name is Hanna Denney, and I was selected as a DAAD Undergraduate Scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year. With the help of DAAD, I was able to spend two semesters studying at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg . Even though I have been learning German since I was five years old, my time in Lüneburg helped me to improve my language skills exponentially. For me, German was never so much an interest as it was a way of life. Being able to spend a year surrounded by the language and culture that I have spent the majority of my life studying was truly a dream come true. In addition to intensive language training, I took classes in German literature, history and culture. During my time studying abroad, I was able to go behind the scenes of Der Spiegel, spend three months working in a chocolate factory, and be a part of history by being inside the courtroom of an actual Nazi trial. Everyone tells you that studying abroad is a life-changing experience, and this was definitely true for me. I was able to learn so much about myself by living on my own in Europe. There were so many “grown-up” things, like opening a bank account, which I had never done by myself before -- in broken German, no less! This past year has really changed my outlook on the world and different cultures. Something I’d like to emphasize is that studying in Germany is not just for German speakers/majors! If you have questions or think that your course of study can’t be found in Germany, feel free to send me an email. I’m sure that I can help find the right program for you!
Jamie Dowdy

Home University: Manchester University
Major: Sociology and Peace Studies
Program/University in Germany: Philipps-Universität Marbug
E-Mail: jamie[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! I’m Jamie and I am a senior at Manchester University studying Sociology and Peace Studies with a minor in German. I had the amazing opportunity to study at Philipps Universität Marburg for a year, and it was the most rewarding experience I have ever had! Nothing has been more helpful in my German studies than to actually live in Germany and be surrounded by the language. Experiencing the culture first hand and interacting with the German students in my university courses afforded me a new perspective on many aspects of their culture, and also taught me a lot about my own in comparison. Anyone considering it should definitely take the opportunity to study in such a beautiful country with amazing people and culture! Germany also provides a perfect jumping off point to explore other parts of Europe, which I tried to do as much as possible. This helped me gain more confidence and independence. The year I spent in Marburg has been the highlight of my life. If you have any questions about studying in Germany, don’t hesitate to contact me!
Daniel Foil

Home University: University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Major: German & Chemistry
Program/University in Germany: Universität Mannheim
E-Mail: daniel[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hello! I’m Daniel Foil and I’m a senior double majoring in Chemistry and German at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. I was lucky to study abroad at the University of Mannheim during the 2012-2013 academic year. Studying in Germany made me realize that I want to live and work in a German- speaking country. To realize this goal, I plan to continue my education by obtaining a Masters in Chemistry in Germany or Austria.
Elliott Frokjer

Home University: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Major: International Studies & German
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
E-Mail: elliott[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hello, my name is Elliott Frokjer and I am currently a senior studying International Studies and German at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I studied abroad in Freiburg at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität through a study abroad program called Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF). Prior to studying in Freiburg, I had also lived for one year in Switzerland.I It seems that I have made a habit of studying abroad! The opportunities I have been provided while studying abroad have been life changing to say the least. Learning German has certainly been a challenge – a challenge that I am so glad I took on. Becoming friends with people from around the globe has also been one of the most positive experiences – such connections will continue to be beneficial well into the future. I look forward to the day I can embark on yet another adventure, until that day it will be a pleasure helping to inspire fellow students to embrace all of the opportunities that DAAD has to offer.
Ted Grace

Home University: Middlebury College
Major: Microbiology & German
Program/University in Germany: Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin/Humbolt Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: ted[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Ted Grace, and I am a sophomore at Middlebury College, pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a minor in Religion. Between high school and university, I participated in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Vocational Exchange, where I worked at the Institute of Anatomy at the Charite Hospital in Berlin. The CBYX program provided me one of the most productive years of my life, with two months in Munich for language instruction and a proceeding eight months in Berlin. All of which transformed me into a fervent national of my new second home, Germany. While at the Institute of Anatomy, I worked at a nephrology laboratory in conjunction with a postdoctoral student. Learning laboratory techniques and attending lab meetings in German encouraged me to quickly obtain a working proficiency in a language that a few months prior was unfamiliar to me, albeit with a vocabulary skewed towards somewhat odd sounding scientific words (Sammlungspuffer). I fully advocate this kind of “crash course” style of studying in Germany, especially for someone who wishes to go into a scientific field. A student will not only conduct research in an undoubtedly excellent institution, but they will also face the worthwhile challenge of adjusting to a different working environment (and perhaps a language barrier), which is debatably as beneficial to a scientific career as the actual research itself. Working at a German hospital also afforded me the opportunity to explore the German healthcare system, an especially valuable experience as the trend in America is moving towards a centralized system similar to Germany’s. Germany’s beautiful landscape is not to be forgotten, I explored the sublime forests around Berlin in training for the Hamburg marathon, as well as climbing around in the Bavarian Alps. I’m happy to address any questions, comments or concerns about studying in Germany, especially related to Berlin or for science majors wishing to study in Germany.
Patrick Holler

Home University: Concordia University
Major: Political Science
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximallians-Universität München
E-Mail: patrick[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Servus, my name is Patrick Holler and I am in my final year of studying Political Science and German at Concordia University in Montréal. I studied abroad at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München during the 2014-2015 academic year - and what a year it was! München is best known worldwide for its annual Oktoberfest festivities, but the city has a lot more to offer including expansive green spaces, an extensive transportation network, great nightlife, and numerous beer gardens scattered around the city. I found it extremely easy to adjust to life in the city as soon as I arrived, and found the locals incredibly friendly. The city itself doesn’t feel exceedingly large despite being the third biggest in the country, but offers everything you need and more. It’s also located in the center of Europe, which makes travelling around incredibly easy. Its proximity to the Alps is also a great advantage for both summer and winter if you enjoy skiing and hiking, and the Bayernticket makes it easy to do group day trips around Bavaria for cheap. Studying abroad in München was one of the highlights of my life so far and something that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon, and I would be happy to share my experiences with you or answer any questions you may have about studying in München or Germany in general. Until then, tschau!
Filip Ivanovski

Home University: University of British Columbia
Major: International Relations
Program/University in Germany: Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: filip[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Greetings my fellow colleagues! My name is Filip and I am currently entering my senior year studying International Relations and Economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I recently completed a year-long study abroad program at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Prior to studying in Berlin, I spent eight weeks working at BMW Group in Munich as part of the Work-Study Program offered by the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG). The program began with a three-day orientation seminar at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bonn, after which I moved to Munich and started my job. I worked alongside German students in a great team building atmosphere to accomplish our daily tasks. It made for a fantastic experience and a great start to my year in Germany. While in Berlin, I studied business and economics, and took particular interest in cultural interactions and use of the German language in everyday life. I learned much from the professors, but the highlight for me was the new people that I got to know, in addition to the trips to Potsdam and Dresden. Outside the classroom, I joined Humboldt’s handball team and was able to compete against other university teams in the Uni Liga. Aside from that, I took advantage of Berlin’s wide range of outdoor activities as well as its vibrant nightlife. All in all, I had an amazing experience in Germany, which helped me develop both personally and professionally. I truly encourage other students to do the same. Please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions regarding studying or working in Germany. I would be happy to help!
Cilia Jaeger

Home University: Drexel University, PA
Major: Biological Sciences
Program/University in Germany: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
E-Mail: cilia[at]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!
Christiana Jian

Home University: Simon Fraser University
Major: Business Administration
Program/University in Germany: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: lina[at]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!
Madeline Kaiser

Home University: University of Iowa
Major: International Relations & German
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität
E-Mail: madeline[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Madeline and I attend the University of Iowa. In the 2014-2015 academic year I had the opportunity to study abroad at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, with the Academic Year in Freiburg program. Before starting my experience in Freiburg, I studied the German language for a month at the Goethe-Institute in Munich. My time in Munich was an absolutely fantastic! Between getting to know the city of Munich and meeting others who were passionate about learning German, I had an exciting and wonderful introduction to Germany. While in Germany I also had the opportunity to travel to see many other cities in the country. Travel within Germany is wonderful and gives a perspective to how diverse and beautiful the country is. My program in Freiburg allowed me to truly experience German culture; I lived, socialized, and attended classes with German students. During my year in Freiburg, I also had an internship position at the Carl-Schurz-Haus, an American-German Institute. My internship allowed me to work as an assistant English teacher, travel to German Schools to teach about America, and help coordinate intercultural events. Along with that I planned a sustainability and conservation English camp for teenagers. My year in Germany was an unforgettable, truly life-changing experience. I am so happy I decided to take a big step forward and embark on an adventure of a lifetime. My time in Freiburg opened my eyes to many possibilities for the future, such as working in intercultural relations between Germany and America. Whatever I choose to do, I am excited for the future and am so happy for the experiences I have gained!
Maggie Kline

Home University: Indiana University
Major: Germanic Studies & Biology
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: maggie[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Maggie, and I studied abroad in Freiburg im Breisgau during the 2015 summer semester. In the summer of 2014, I also had an amazing DAAD RISE internship experience in Rostock. Having traveled between Rostock on the northeast coast and Freiburg in the southwest, I have seen a lot of Germany and feel totally at home there. During my semester in Freiburg, I took German language courses at the SprachLehrInstitut and literature courses with German students at the university. I made friends from all over the world, drastically improved my ability to speak German, and thoroughly explored the Black Forest around Freiburg while hiking on the weekends. In Rostock, my internship at the Universitätsklinikum involved researching the effects of ionizing radiation on the mitochondria of breast cell cultures. On the evenings and weekends, I enjoyed the city’s harbor and the beach at Warnemünde. During both of my experiences, I also took advantage of opportunities to travel throughout Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. The various facets of my life in Germany provided me with many formative experiences and treasured memories, as well as significantly improved German language skills, which allow me to at last my, hold real conversations with my Bavarian grandparents. My time in Germany has impacted me deeply on personal, academic, and professional levels, and I am excited to connect others with opportunities my favorite country. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Timur Kuzibaev

Home University: Florida International University
Major: Political Sciences
Program/University in Germany: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: timur[at]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.
Katharine Lin

Home University: Columbia University
Major: Comparative Literature and Society
Program/University in Germany: Freie Univerität Berlin
E-Mail: katharine[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hello! I’m Katharine. I spent the 2014-2015 academic year abroad in Germany with the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS). BCGS gave me the perfect balance of guidance and freedom to discover what interested me most in Berlin. My diverse interests inspired me to try out everything, from workingin a luxury lingerie boutique with a Russian woman and her Chihuahua to translating the work of an author on the Jewish-German experience. I also interned at a German-Chinese day care and was able to witness first-hand the remarkable learning abilities of multilingual children. My interests also led me to volunteer at the Museum für Naturkunde as a scientific illustrator. Two years ago, I hardly spoke a word of German. I never would have imagined that I would be spending my entire third year of college in Germany, taking all my classes in German, writing all my papers in German, and even exploring my own German heritage… Wahnsinn! The opportunities you come across while studying abroad are endless. The people you meet, the beautiful and sometimes-not-so-pretty places you see, the good and not-so-great experiences—all of these combined make being far away from home for so long worth it. Please e-mail me if you’d like, and we can talk!
Kelly Lucas

Home University: Dalhousie University
Major: Nursing
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität - Freiburg
E-Mail: kelly[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Kelly and I am a nursing student at Dalhousie University. I made the decision to study in Germany with the aim of learning German to better communicate with my future patients. I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Canadian Year in Freiburg Program and to study at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Freiburg is an amazing city, especially for students! It is situated at the foothills of the Black Forest and rich in cultural and natural heritage. I also had the opportunity to travel to various parts of Germany and learn through immersion a lot about daily life , regional customs and traditions. I highly recommend studying abroad to everyone, and Germany is an amazing place to do so. Germany’s central location also provides many great travel opportunities during weekends or semester holidays. If you have any questions about getting ready to go to Germany, possible programs, or what life in Germany is like, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I had such an amazing year in Germany and would love to help others do the same in any way I can. I look forward to hearing from you!
Kirsten Melnyk

Home University: University of New Brunswick, NB
Major: Chemical Engineering
Program/University in Germany: Hochschule Furtwangen
E-Mail: kirsten[at]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!
Kendra Morrow

Home University: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Architectural Engineering
Program/University in Germany: Technical University of Berlin
E-Mail: kendra[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Kendra Morrow and I am a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. After a brief London summer exchange program, I left Europe and thought: I must go back…and for a longer amount of time! My interest in Europe then focused on Germany, after witnessing a collaboration between my university and a German one. During 2014-2015, I was one of 75 American participants who lived in Germany for a year with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). I did not have previous knowledge of German, but starting off the experience with two months of intensive language classes at the Carl Duisberg Centrum in Saarbrücken, I was amazed at how quickly I was able to learn it by living in a country with an amazing support system! I then moved to Berlin for my ten-month university and internship placement. I attended classes for four months at the Technical University of Berlin in the Civil Engineering department. I spent my last five months in Germany as a Structures Intern for BuroHappold Engineering, which is an international, multi-disciplinary engineering firm. My goal for this year is to showcase what an amazing experience a German exchange program can provide, especially to underrepresented and STEM field students. Everyone should leave their comfort zone, learn a new language, gain a global perspective of their industry, and explore the world. My varied experience in Germany makes me a prime candidate for any questions that you might have, so feel free to contact me!
Arielle Plavcan

Home University: University of Florida
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Program/University in Germany: Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster
E-Mail: arielle[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Arielle and I am currently a junior at the University of Florida where I am majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. I did a research internship through the DAAD RISE Program at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster this past summer. Prior to my German study abroad experience, I was also in France through a separate program during the spring semester. As an engineer, I never thought I would be able to spend so much time abroad either studying or interning and still stay on track with all my courses. I would be lying if I said going abroad was easy, but it has been the most unforgettable and life changing experience I’ve ever had. I was able to spend New Year’s in Münich, Easter in Dublin, celebrate Carnival in Nice, eat gelato in Milan, climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and so much more, all while still going to school and work. As a Young Ambassador, I want to encourage other science and engineering students that studying or interning in Germany will not set you back in your studies. You will not only become more marketable to employers, but you will also gain invaluable international experience both academically and personally.
Abigail Pyke

Home University: University of Windsor
Major: Business Administration
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: abigail[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Abigail Pyke, and I’m a fourth year business student with a marketing concentration, and a German minor. In August 2014, I went to Germany through the Ontario-Baden-Württemberg program. In my first month there, I completed a German language course called Internationale Bodensee Hochschule at Universität Konstanz. I met so many people there, who went through the same challenging but wonderful culture shock that I did. We spent our days learning and our evenings and weekends exploring beautiful places around us. In September, I headed to where I’d be spending the next 11 months: Uni Tübingen. I did so many things and made so many memories I never thought I would. It was my first time moving away from home, and I was lucky enough to be able to go on so many adventures: from Canstatter Wasen to Kamari Beach in Santorini, and from fireworks on Liechtenstein’s national holiday to simply wandering around Tübingen’s beautiful Altstadt with new and old friends alike. I could liken going on exchange to leaving all of my responsibilities behind and just travelling for a year, but it was so much more than that. I learned a whole new school system, a new language, new everything. Life was so much different, yet alike in many ways to my native Canada. I can’t say enough good things about my experiences there. Naturally, there were also some hard times, but I wouldn’t trade them because Germany became my well-loved home for a year. I’m looking forward to talking to other students about the possibilities that await them in Germany, so feel free to send me an e-mail! Tschau!
Carl Roberts

Home University: University of Oklahoma
Major: German & Letters
Program/University in Germany: Universität Leipzig
E-Mail: carl[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hello! My name is Carl Roberts. I studied philosophy and cultural studies at Leipzig University for the entirety of the 2014-2015 academic year. I took bachelor and master courses as if I were a regular student at the University. It was a truly wonderful time! I improved my German, studied subjects that would be hard to find at my home university, and got to see parts of Europe off the beaten path. Studying in Leipzig is itself an amazing opportunity; the city is filled with culture and not too far from Berlin, either! Germany in general is also a great place to be a student, with its cheap busses, public transit, and cycling infrastructure (the beer, with its low price and high quality, deserves a mention too). Universities in Germany are also top-notch, full of engaged students and knowledgeable professors in buildings that are often architecturally stunning. It also doesn’t hurt knowing that some of the most important scientists, philosophers, musicians, and writers in history studied or taught there! However, the best thing about studying in Germany has to be the people you will meet: students from other countries, German students, locals, professors, and the local döner cooks. If you’ve got any questions about studying in Germany just send me an email and I’ll gladly respond!
Virginia Shewfelt

Home University: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Major: German & Anthropology
Program/University in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin & Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail: virginia[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hallo! My name is Virginia Shewfelt and I am studying German and Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I started learning about German language and culture in depth while doing a high school year abroad in 2010-2011 and have been hooked ever since. Alongside my studies at MUN, I have attended German summer courses at Freie Universität Berlin in 2012 and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in 2014. My experiences in Germany have had a huge impact on my life and studies. Learning German in Germany can be a challenge, but the progress you make is worth it. There are so many unique things to see and do, from seeing what is left of the Berlin Wall, to making new friends in cafés and parks, and enjoying German cuisine. Travelling within Germany is easy, and its location makes it just as simple to take trips into neighboring countries like France, Poland, and Switzerland. Studying abroad has also given me the chance to meet other international students who share common interests. Germany is full of opportunities for all kinds of students looking to experience something new and improve the skills needed in their field of study. I am excited to share my knowledge with other MUN students so that they can also experience what Germany has to offer. Feel free to contact me at any time!
Izabella Sulikowski

Home University: University of Alberta
Major: Political Science
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
E-Mail: izabella[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Servus! My name is Izabella Sulikowski and I am in my final year of studying Political Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Last year I made the life-changing decision of moving to Germany, where I completed two semesters at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. As a political science student, I wanted to enrich my knowledge of European politics, and given Germany's powerful political positioning in the European Union, I was able to do just that. Not only did I bolster my overall academic knowledge in politics, studying abroad allowed me to grow personally as well. I would recommend studying in Germany to anyone. Although Germany has become more multicultural over the years, it hasn't lost its own unique cultural heritage. Furthermore, many people find the transition intimidating, but Germany is a country where you can gradually ease your way into a new setting; the people are warm and inviting, and with most people being able to speak English, the language barrier isn't debilitating. Finally, this last year has been one of the best of my life, and I am happy I can share my experiences with everyone. I would be happy to answer any questions pertaining to work and/or study in Germany. Please feel free to contact me!
Alexandra Trecha

Home University: University of Michigan
Major: Economics & German
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: alex[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Guten Tag! My name is Alexandra Trecha and I am currently a senior at the University of Michigan where I am majoring in German and Economics. I started learning the German language during my freshman year in college, and there is no question that it was one of the best academic decisions I have made, due to the opportunities that followed. During the 2014-2015 school year, I was fortunate enough to study in the beautiful Freiburg, Germany: the gateway to the Black Forest. During my year abroad, I not only was able to take classes at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, but I also had the opportunity to work as an English teaching assistant at the St. Ursula Gymnasium in Freiburg. Through my daily interactions with German university students, as well as teachers and young women in school, I was able to obtain a deeper and richer understanding of the German language and culture. Most importantly, I learned that I can truly do anything I set my mind to, even live in a foreign country for a year! I am hoping to share my truly life-changing experience with those who are interested in studying in Germany, and also stir up interest in those who have not yet considered the experience of a lifetime.
Samantha Vasquez

Home University: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major: International Studies & German
Program/University in Germany: Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie
E-Mail: samantha[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Servus! My name is Samantha Vasquez and I am currently entering my junior year studying German and International Studies at Virginia Tech. I had the amazing opportunity to intern at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie in Karlsruhe, Germany for three months in the summer of 2014. During my time in Karlsruhe, I gained valuable professional experience by working for the university’s office for international students. I translated online materials, taught a weekly English class, and helped foreign students settle in at a German university. While interning at the university taught me many things, life outside the office taught me even more! I had the privilege of observing how German students lived by staying in a dormitory in the middle of the bustling city of Karlsruhe, the opportunity to travel to different cities each weekend on day trips organized by my office (I kept track; 13 cities total, in 3 different countries!), and though I had studied German for 5 years before travelling to Karlsruhe, I was immersed in the language for three months, therefore improving my German skills exponentially. Needless to say, I cannot wait to someday return to Germany, and I would encourage anyone to experience this wonderful country for themselves!
Andrew Weber

Home University: University of Manitoba
Major: Biochemistry
Program/University in Germany: Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
E-Mail: andrew[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Grüß dich! My name's Andrew, and I'm currently wrapping up a cross-faculty double major at the University of Manitoba. I study Biochemistry as well as Central and Eastern European Studies, and after being nominated for a full scholarship to continue my studies at the Universität Greifswald for an entire year, I had the immense pleasure of doing exactly that. With my additional experience working as an "au pair" in Göttingen and Laudenbach during the summer prior, I feel as though I've collected much valuable information (and great stories!) about Germany and Europe in general, that I would be more than happy to share! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have in regards to studying abroad or unique opportunities offered by the DAAD!
Evan Woodnorth

Home University: Denison University
Major: German & International Studies
Program/University in Germany: German American Institute Nuremberg
E-Mail: evan[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Grüß di Gott! My name is Evan Woodnorth, and I am currently a sophomore at Denison University, double majoring in German and International Studies. After graduating from Whitefish Bay High School, I sought an unorthodox path, which spanned the Atlantic, a simultaneously daunting and tantalizing task: taking a gap year abroad in Germany. I had the honor of being selected as a recipient of a full scholarship to study in Germany: The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Vocational High School Program. Within the framework of the 2011-2012 CBYX Program, I had the opportunity to study German language and culture in Frankfurt for two months. Afterwards, I attended Gymnasium for two months in Schwabach and for the remaining six months, I completed two three-month-long internships in Nürnberg. At the Medienwerkstatt-Franken e.V., I had the unique opportunity of receiving hands-on experience in every aspect of television and film: pre-production, production, and post-production. At the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Nürnberg e.V., I acted as an ambassador for the US, informing visitors on American culture, history, language, politics, and media. I also lived with multiple host families – one in Frankfurt and one in Nürnberg. Living with a German host family for 10 months was a demanding, perhaps even daunting task, yet extremely rewarding. Through observing and interacting in daily activities, I slowly gained a greater understanding of not only the German mentality, but also of a more general European mentality. All of these experiences have given me the capability to perceive situations from multiple perspectives, taught me patience, and instilled in me the importance of diversity and interculturalism. While abroad, I also took advantage of Germany's central European location and visited many other countries including Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, and The Czech Republic. The new perspectives and experiences that I gained through studying the German language and specifically during my gap year abroad with the CBYX program have undoubtedly been a tipping point in my personal, academic, and professional life -- and I strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities available in Germany. If you have any questions concerning studying abroad in Germany, please do not hesitate to contact me! Tschüssi!
Alice Zhang

Home University: University of Saskatchewan
Major: Philosophy
Program/University in Germany: Philipp University of Marburg
E-Mail: alice[at]daad-ambassadors.org
Hello! I am a philosophy major and will be going into my third year at the University of Saskatchewan. I studied German language and literature for a semester at the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Hessen as part of the 2015 Intensive German Studies Program. My time in Germany has greatly improved my language skills, and learning about the cultural differences between Germany and Canada has allowed me to have a greater appreciation for both countries. I also had the opportunity to travel in Europe, which further enriched my experience abroad. I hope to share all that I’ve learned, and in doing so, promote studying in Germany.