Global Certificate Student:
Economics, Mathematics, & German Major
"I realized that I could fit into more situations than I had previously thought."
Direct Enrolled through Smith College in University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany during Spring 2016
"It was so cool to see people surfing on this river that flows through the English Garden. I've read about it in classes so I loved seeing it in person."
"Every Sunday morning, there's a fish market starting at 5:30am. As the sun rises, boats come in from other countries bringing the freshest food imaginable and live music."
"This sounds a little bit ridiculous, but they sell takeout cups filled with mashed potatoes and allow you to choose toppings. We'd get one every Tuesday before a 2 hour class."
Befriend the locals
"We became friends with this group of Germans, who had a ton of advice on things to do and what not to do. We still Facebook chat!"
"Anyone who is a student in the city of Hamburg can live in the dorms where I was situated, so there were German students, several exchange students from Yemen studying medicine, and other students in my program. I felt immersed because, for a lot of us, the only common language we shared was German, so I got to learn a lot from the people around me."
Breaking Down Barriers
"I'm definitely much more proficient in German. I feel like you learn a language in a more holistic way outside the classroom. While I was in Hamburg, my laptop broke, and I had to go to the Apple Store and explain to them in German what went wrong. I became a lot more confident in my language skills, and willing to make an attempt and learn rather than sit there quietly."
"For the first month, I felt homesick and spent a lot of time FaceTiming my friends in other places. In retrospect, I wish I had thrown myself into it a bit more. Once the weather warmed up a bit, everything improved; it sort of hit me where I was, and time flew by after that."