Meet our DAAD Young Ambassadors! They are students in North America who have studied abroad in Germany and are happy to help by sharing their experiences with you and answering any questions your may have. Use the interactive map above or the modules below to locate a Young Ambassador near you.

Acadia University
Brock University
Colby College
Concordia University
Denison University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Gustavus Adolphus College
Haverford College
Juniata College
Lawrence University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Pitzer College
Seneca College
Simon Fraser University
St. Francis Xavier University
Stanford University
State University of New York at Geneseo
University of California, Berkeley
University of Georgia
University of Montana
University of New Brunswick
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Texas
University of Notre Dame
University of Rhode Island
University of Tenessee, Knoxville
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Winnipeg
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Vassar College
Western Washington University
Wichita State University
York University

McKennah Andrews
Home University:  University of Montana
Major:  Organizational Communication
Program/University in Germany:  Karlshochschule International Universität
E-Mail: mckennah(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Wie geht’s? My name is McKennah, and I am entering my senior year at the University of Montana for my Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication, with a minor in German and a certificate for Entertainment Management. My first experience with Germany was at the age of six for a month-long reunion with German family. Much further down the road, in high school, I followed my big sister’s steps and studied German as my foreign language elective; and after spending another month in Germany during my junior year in high school for a small cultural exchange, I became profoundly aware that the language, the country’s rich culture and its undeniably innovative identity fuel my passions. I’ve now studied German for almost 7 years, largely thanks to amazing teachers along the way, and I spent a memorable five months in Karlsruhe, Germany at Karlshochschule International Universität. Honestly, going abroad – whether to study, research, or intern/work – is so empowering, educational, and deeply valuable; and Germany just happens to be an incredibly opportune location that truly offers something for everyone! If you have hesitations about going abroad, concerns about language barriers, or indecisiveness regarding location, please send any questions in my direction! I am more than happy to help in any way. Bis bald!


Rabiatou Bah
Home University:  Seneca College
Major:  Civil Engineering Technology
Program/University in Germany:  Hochschule Osnabrück
E-Mail: rabi(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Rabiatou Bah and I’m a recent graduate from the Civil Engineering Technology program at Seneca College in Toronto. Being enrolled in the co-operative option of my program allowed me to explore the possibility of studying or working abroad for a semester. I was especially interested in going to a European country because of the environmental consciousness in their urban environment. The summer preceding my last year of studies, I received the opportunity to attend Hochschule Osnabrück (Osnabrück, Germany) to do research focused on the use of eye-tracking technology in landscape architecture. It was enriching to learn about the different facets of urban design while living in an environment that showcases these various approaches. With Osnabrück’s welcoming people and atmosphere, I found it easy to adjust to my new home for the next four months. My experience there, both academically and as a temporary citizen, reinforced my goal to study in the field of sustainable urban development. Consequently, I will be completing my bachelor’s in the Environmental Studies – Urban Sustainability program at York University. Having an international experience during one’s studies is something that I would encourage all students to do, if the opportunities and the resources are available. It can be inspiring if you keep an open mind!


Laura Bauer
Home University:  Simon Fraser University
Major:  Psychology & Criminology
Program/University in Germany: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: laura(at)daad-ambassadors.org

"Life is not meant to be lived in one place" and I truly feel this way after studying at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Experiences shape who you are and who you want to become and making the decision to study abroad in Germany has been one the best experiences of my life so far. Growing up in a German-speaking family and celebrating German holidays, I was always curious about the other side of my cultural heritage and where my family had immigrated from. After having travelled through Europe in 2010, I promised myself I would do a study abroad exchange in my favorite European city, Berlin. I'll admit, I was nervous at first. Moving to a new city has a huge learning curve in the beginning, but you quickly discover so many abilities in yourself you did not know you had. During my time in Germany, I have found it to be a very inspiring country - it is Europe’s economic powerhouse but is still the world leader in green technologies, human rights, and migration policies. However, a couple things you should know before going to Germany (or at least Berlin): finding fast-working wifi is a gift from god, cash is king and video stores and the mail system are alive and well. If you study in Germany, I would highly recommend taking some courses about the country or city itself in order to get a better understanding of its history and culture. In addition, you should take the opportunity to travel to the other neighboring European countries and cities. While I was in Germany, I travelled to Leipzig, Dresden, Munich, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden - just to name a few! Finally, definitely enroll in some German language courses and make German friends so you can make the most of your experience in Germany! Although it might be a challenging, it will definitely not be one that you will regret. Make the most of your university experience while exploring another part of the world and yourself. If you are thinking of studying or researching abroad in Germany, please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail.


Brandon Blackburn
Home University:  Colby College
Major:  English & German Studies
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: brandon(at)daad-ambassadors.org

My name is Brandon Blackburn. I am a double major in English and German Studies currently attending Colby College. I studied in Germany from January 2016 to July of the same year. For the first two months of my time there, I was in Bremen, staying with a host family and teaching at the Ökumenisches Gymnasium zu Bremen. For the remainder of my time, I was in Freiburg, taking classes at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and at the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES). While in Germany, I had the opportunity not only to improve my speaking and writing skills, but to also become acquainted with several writers, including Heinrich Heine and Bettina von Arnim, whom I would not have been able to study with the same intensity had I remained in the US. I was also able to travel quite a bit throughout Europe, as well as within Germany specifically. All in all, the time I spent abroad was tremendously rewarding, and I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing studies or internships in Germany to do so! If I can be of help answering any questions you might have, please do not hesitate to contact me! Mach's gut!


Catarina Calderon Garcia
Home University:  Fairleigh Dickinson University
Major:  Communications & International Relations
Program/University in Germany: Zeppelin Universität
E-Mail: catarina(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo!

My name is Catarina Calderon and I am currently a senior studying Communications and International Relations at Fairleigh Dickinson University Vancouver Campus. Even though I am half Salvadoran and half Venezuelan, I have always been linked to Germany somehow. I went to a German school all the way till high school, both of my parents studied in Germany and I also have German family. Therefore, I always knew that at some point, one way or another, I wanted to experience university or work life in Germany. I was blessed with the opportunity to do a semester abroad this past spring semester at Zeppelin Universität, which is located in the gorgeous city of Friedrichshafen in the South of the country literally next to the borders of Austria and Switzerland. The fact that I was living and studying right in front of Lake Constance and the Alps was a surreal and a once in a life time experience, which made me appreciate the beauties of the country and its culture even more than what I already knew. I have always been really passionate about traveling and exploring the world in order to gain a more global perspective on life in general, but also to have a high level of tolerance and respect for what is new and different. Life as an exchange student is beyond awesome, because you will get to experience local life, get to know people from all around the world and explore places where you have never been before. The opportunities you come across while studying abroad are endless, so dare yourself to experience a different but awesome culture, to discover great places, to learn a new language and for sure to develop lifelong friendships. If you have any questions or concerns about ‘Deutschland’ or unique opportunities offered by the DAAD, I would be more than happy to help you, so please feel free to contact me. Tschüssie!


Tyra Callaway
Home University:  University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Major:  Chemistry & Physics
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Stuttgart
E-Mail: tyra(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo, ich heiße Tyra Noelle Callaway. I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am pursuing a double major in Physics and Chemistry. I began studying German as a freshman in college with the goal of studying abroad one day. Through the support of many faculty members at my university and the DAAD Scholarship, I was able to have an absolutely breathtaking adventure in Germany. I had the incredible opportunity to study at Universität Stuttgart and Goethe Institute Mannheim during my third year of university. Before my studies began, I took an intensive German course at the Goethe Institute in Mannheim. In between German courses, I travelled throughout Germany and neighboring countries. I visited some of the future universities of my newfound friends and went to cultural festivals offered throughout the summer. Together we hiked up a mountain to watch fireworks and trekked through vineyards around the German countryside. When the summer was over, we made plans to see each other again as we parted to go to our respective universities. Once the school year started, I spent one semester in a research lab and began my studies at the university. Spending a year studying Chemistry and Physics in German was a challenging endeavor and I am extremely grateful to my fellow classmates who helped me make the adjustments to studying in Germany easier. I grew tremendously while studying abroad and will never forget the friends and amazing connections I was able to make while living in Germany. I would like to encourage students to go beyond their comfort zone and study abroad. With the right amount of planning it is attainable for students studying the humanities and sciences alike.


Matheson Carroll
Home University:  Concordia University
Major:  Finance
Program/University in Germany:  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
E-Mail: matheson(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Servus! My name is Matheson Carroll and I am in my fourth year of my Bachelor of Commerce with a major in finance. I am a big fan of sports and I would gladly pick up my backpack and travel for months on end if I had the time to do so. A year ago, I spent a semester abroad in Munich at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. This was easily the greatest experience of my life. By participating in this exchange, I was able to see how different countries approached similar academic content, made amazing friendships that will last for many years as well as learned a new language and culture that I knew very little about before embarking on this six month journey!


Angella Chang
Home University:  Vassar College
Major:  Psychology & German
Program/University in Germany:  Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: angella(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Angella and I am majoring in Psychology and German Studies. I spent my junior year in Germany’s capital with the BCGS program. Participating in the exchange program has given me an incredible amount of insight, both academically and personally. At Freie Universität, I took a wide range of courses—a history class about life reform movements in the 1900’s in Germany, a political science class about conflict, and a film class about web-activism, to name a few. Outside of university life, I experienced Berlin’s rich artistic and intellectual scene. The city holds historical landmarks, plenty of museums and theaters, as well as a thriving food scene that is influenced by different cultures. I became fully immersed in day-to-day living by staying with a host family during the first month, and then sharing a flat with others from Berlin for the rest of my time. During school breaks and free weekends, I travelled often, as the country’s location was very ideal to reach other countries. Cities and regions within Germany, each having its own unique character, were also very interesting to see. Learning within another country’s academic structure and style, as well as meeting people who have different (yet, also similar) lifestyles and views, have allowed me to grow in ways I never would have imagined. I encourage students to study abroad and take this time in their lives for this valuable opportunity. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!


Jason Chang
Home University:  University of Texas at Dallas
Major:  Biomedical Engineering
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Leipzig & Leibniz Institute for Surface Modification
E-Mail: jason(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Jason Chang and I am a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Biomedical Engineering. During the summer of 2015, I completed a DAAD RISE internship at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification in Leipzig, Germany. In Leipzig, my internship involved the development and characterization of magnetic hydrogels used in biomedical applications. Outside of my host institute, I was able to travel extensively around Germany and Europe. In Germany, I hiked through the Black Forest in Freiburg, visited the Cologne Cathedral, celebrated Libori-Fest in Paderborn, explored the historical sites of Berlin, partied at the Scheune-Schaubuden-Sommer festival in Dresden, and presented a talk on my research at the DAAD Scholars Annual Meeting in Heidelberg. Outside of Germany, I visited Prague, Barcelona, Geneva, and Brussels! My time abroad was absolutely breathtaking and unforgettable. Although my German skills did not improve as much as I would have liked, I found that I gained a much better understanding of German culture. Having the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research within a highly international environment significantly changed the way I approach my work as a researcher and as a scholar. Meeting people from all around the world while experiencing German culture firsthand challenged me both personally and academically. My German adventures provided me with a different perspective on life, and I cannot wait to share my experiences with others. If you have any questions about study abroad or interning in Germany, please do not hesitate to contact me!


Berina Colakovic
Home University:  Brock University
Major:  International Business
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Mannheim
E-Mail: berina(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo zusammen! My name is Berina Colakovic and I am currently in my fourth year of Business Administration studies at Brock University concentrating in International Business. In my first year of studies I decided to learn German, which ended up becoming an invaluable and extremely important decision for my future. Learning a new language opened many doors for me and inspired me to embark on an exchange opportunity to Germany where I studied Business Administration at Universität Mannheim. During my exchange, I had the opportunity to network with many international business professionals who helped motivate me to strive higher and push my limits towards my future. The exchange trip to Germany allowed me to gain experience within my industry from a global perspective, which I view to be fundamentally important in every field of study. It was amazing to work with the international students in groups to solve case studies and have the opportunity to learn how each member tackles real world issues from different viewpoints. My experience in Germany was very well-rounded, which I really enjoyed and included studying, traveling, and networking. I learned something new every day - whether it was learning how to order a cappuccino in German, or learning about entrepreneurial differences on a global scale. Most importantly, with every experience, challenging or exciting - I grew not only as a business professional, but most importantly as an individual. With my role as a Young Ambassador, I want to encourage each and every student from all fields of study interested in studying, researching, or working in Germany to do so! I would be happy to answer any questions pertaining to these opportunities and I can be contacted via email! Leave your comfort zone – you won’t regret it!


Jacqueline Composanto
Home University:  Pitzer College
Major:  History
Program/University in Germany:  Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
E-Mail: jacque(at)daad-ambassadors.org

I started learning German practically by accident, and it was the best accident of my life. I’m now a senior majoring in History, and about two years ago my advisor told me I should learn a language, because it can help with historical research, etc. German seemed the most useful for me since I knew only vaguely that I had family in Germany. And the ball kept rolling from there. This last spring, I spent six months in Germany and I had a blast. And to be honest, I went from hardly speaking German to speaking German with family for whole weekends. I spent the month of February in the beautiful city of Berlin at the Goethe Institut. Then I spent an exchange semester in Gießen at the Justus-Liebig Universitat. I wanted to study in Hessen, because my German family lives all over Hessen and Nord-Rhein-Westfalen. While I had goals to study German (I managed to survive two history classes in German) and travel around Europe, my main goal was meeting family. And it was the most amazing experience. I spent weekends at the house where my Oma grew up, and I was introduced to cities like Cologne, Koblenz, Siegen, Fulda, and Frankfurt by my family members. Like many, I also traveled a bit and saw some amazing European cities like Krakow, Paris, Prague, and London; they were all amazing. If anyone has questions about trip planning, the Goethe Institut, or meeting (and finding) German family, please feel welcome to contact me!


 


Declan Dwyer-McNulty
Home University:  State University of New York at Geneseo
Major:  Anthropology
Program/University in Germany:  Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms- Universität Bonn
E-Mail: declan(at)daad-ambassadors.org

I am an undergraduate student studying Anthropology, with a minor in German, at SUNY Geneseo. I studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn for the spring and summer of 2015. I mostly took German courses for foreign students, but a number of my fellow international students successfully took courses toward their majors at Uni Bonn. I'm especially happy to field questions about undergraduate and graduate academic opportunities in Germany and life in the Rheinland.


Lisa Fellows
Home University:  University of North Texas
Major:  International Security & Diplomacy, German Studies
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Freiburg, Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: lisa(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Viele Grüße!

I'm Lisa, and I'm studying International Security & Diplomacy with a minor in German at the University of North Texas. I have studied abroad in Germany on three separate occasions. I was a Spanish language student in high school, but due to a last-minute cancellation in the German department that needed to be filled, I attended the Geschwister-Scholl Gymnasium in Winterberg, Germany for three weeks on an exchange program after I graduated high school. It was here that I fell in love with the German culture and language. From this point onward, I dived headfirst into my university studies in Texas, taking every German class I could. Helene Fischer even became my new favorite singer. The summer after my first year of college, I attended an intensive German language program on the Universität Freiburg campus for five weeks. It was then that I decided I wanted to spend an entire semester in Germany, so I jumped right into the application process and just finished my four-month summer semester at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Looking back, my life has changed immensely in the last two years. I went from only knowing the word "sauerkraut" to singing in the German university choir and giving German presentations about nuclear weapons. Studying in Germany has quite literally broadened my horizons, and I'd love to share my experiences with you!

Bis dann!


Francesca Gascoigne
Home University:  Haverford College
Major:  Anthropology
Program/University in Germany:  IES Berlin
E-Mail: frannie(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! I’m Frannie Gascoigne and I am currently a senior majoring in Anthropology at Haverford College. I studied with the IES Berlin: Metropolitan Studies Program during the fall semester of 2015. Studying in Berlin was one of the best decisions I have made. I got to explore one of the most vibrant, exciting, and welcoming cities in the world. I was able to study in the classroom as well as in the city. I went to Germany with no German language skills but certainly did not see this as a barrier. As an Anthropology major, the opportunity to immerse myself in a different culture was too good to pass up. Germany was an excellent place to do this because the culture is similar enough to what I’d left at home that I felt comfortable, but different enough that I was trying new things and having exciting experiences. I think that studying in Germany has made me a more open-minded, globally aware, and independent person. Rather than having a myopic focus on U.S. politics and history I became very interested in German politics and history, and through that the European Union. I think that Berlin was an amazing place to study abroad and would recommend that any student consider it. I’m more than happy to chat about studying abroad in Berlin or without previous German language knowledge.


Daniel Guhl
Home University:  St. Francis Xavier University
Major:  Business / Information Systems
Program/University in Germany:  ESB School of Business
E-Mail: danny(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Daniel Guhl; I am currently entering my senior year of a Business Administration degree, majoring in Information Systems at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia! Born and raised in the Yukon Territory (beside Alaska) I grew up in a very small town and learned a passion for travel early on. My passion for German stems back to my grandparents who came over after World War 2 to Canada. It was only fitting that in university I study the German language. In my third year I went abroad for a semester to the ESB School of Business at Reutlingen University, in Germany. My time abroad taught me so much about the culture and people. Schooling in Germany was very different than what I was used to back home, the classes were smaller, more interactive and they even have mandatory work terms! Many of the people I met there are currently doing these terms at Porsche, BMW, SAP and other large successful companies! Not only were the academics great, but being so centrally located, I was able to travel to 8 countries in my four short months! A week long dive trip to Turkey being my favorite! I highly recommend studying in Germany. The people you meet abroad are all like-minded individuals ready to explore the world!


Alexa Harrington
Home University:  Western Washington University
Major:  Environmental and Energy Policy
Program/University in Germany:  Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: alexah(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! I’m Alexa Harrington and I’m entering my senior year at Western Washington University—majoring in Environmental Policy. On a whim, I decided I was going to study abroad in Germany. My exchange was based in Berlin at Freie Universität. Before heading to Germany I had no prior experience with the language. Going to another country alone for five months and not knowing a single person or the language was slightly intimidating, yet exciting! I slowly began to learn the language with my intensive language course. Along the way I got to meet handfuls of amazing individuals from all over the world, learn more about Germany’s rich history, and integrate into society. I fell in love with all the like-minded individuals regarding sustainability and renewable energy. Being away from home forced me to constantly experience new things such as: scuba diving, going to an opera, sky diving, and taking public transportation everywhere! Germany’s location allowed me to travel all around Europe because of how central it is. I loved my time in Germany immensely and would love to share my experiences with anyone interested! I gladly will answer any questions pertaining to studying in Germany. Tschüss!


Muhammad Khan
Home University:  Gustavus Adolphus College
Major:  International Management & Financial Economics
Program/University in Germany:  IES Berlin
E-Mail: muhammad(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Khan and I’m a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College, majoring in International Management and Financial Economics. I studied abroad with IES Abroad in Freiburg, Germany during my sophomore year for one semester.  Studying abroad in Germany was the best time in my life. Through my experiences abroad, I have developed to overcome challenges and gained new perspective to look at the world from various points of view. Students from diverse backgrounds, sitting together at the Augustinerplatz to enjoy the end of the day and picturesque landscape of the gateway to the Black Forest have indeed added charm to my experience in Freiburg. My memories from Germany are filled with limitless joy and happiness. If you are interested in studying abroad in Germany, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to help you.


Claudia Krah
Home University:  University of Rhode Island
Major:  Business & German
Program/University in Germany:  Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg
E-Mail: claudia(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Moin! My name is Claudia Krah and I am a senior at University of Rhode Island, studying Supply Chain Management and German. I spent one year in Germany and participated in the DAAD Study and Internship Program. My first semester I studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (HAW) in Hamburg. My classmates and I took classes focused on logistics, foreign trade, and business topics in English but from a European perspective. Hamburg is a beautiful city with many opportunities for students and young people. There are so many things to do and to see such as the Reeperbahn, Fischmarkt, Hafen (Harbor), and Rathaus (Town Hall). During the second semester, I worked six months for the transportation company Deutsche Bahn Cargo in Mainz (Rheinland-Pfalz).

Although my family is from Germany and I have been taking classes since I was five years old, my German writing, reading, and speaking skills improved exponentially. The location of central Europe also offers an idealistic spot to travel to other destinations. Going abroad is a worthwhile commitment. I met so many different people from all over the world, we shared memorable experiences, and I learned so many things about others and about myself. There were challenges along the way; over the year I had to set up a bank account, sign up for insurance, and communicate many other things in German. The experience was definitely worth it and I would recommend abroad programs in Germany to others.


Aaron Krask
Home University:  University of Georgia
Major:  Germanic and Slavic Languages & International Affairs
Program/University in Germany:  Friedrich-Alexander- Universität
E-Mail: aaron(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Moin! My name is Aaron Krask and I am currently in my third year at the University of Georgia studying International Affairs with a second major in Germanic and Slavic Languages. My German adventure began just after graduating high school when I participated in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) funded by the US Congress and German Bundestag. At the beginning of August 2013, I began a 10 month stay with a wonderful host family in Itzehoe, Schleswig-Holstein where I attended the Gymnasium in the 12th grade. I immediately fell in love with Germany and swore I would return as soon as possible. Within 10 months of returning and starting at the University of Georgia I was on a flight back to Germany planning on staying 14 months for a 4 month internship right outside of Itzehoe and 2 semesters in Nürnberg at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität. These last few years abroad have seriously changed me for the better. I am one of the biggest proponents of youth study abroad because of all of the doors that these exchanges have opened for me personally. When you study abroad, you not only learn about a new culture, but much more about yourself while meeting countless amazing people who will become your friends for life. If you are interested in becoming a global citizen and going to Germany, please feel free to contact me! I would love to chat and help you in any way I can!


Atussa Mohtasham
Home University:  Stanford University
Major:  Comparative Literature
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail: atussa(at)daad-ambassadors.org

My name is Atussa, and I am a junior at Stanford University, pursuing a B.A. in Comparative Literature. One of my focuses in the subject is German literature. I studied as a short-term student at Universität Heidelberg from October 2015 to July 2016 with the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. As a student at Heidelberg, I took German literature and philosophy seminars, German language courses and worked on my senior thesis. Some of my favorite courses were a close-reading course on The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe and a course on the dramas of Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Arthur Schnitzler. I also took courses on the works of more modern German writers such as Alfred Döblin, Hermann Hesse, Günter Grass and Bernhard Schlink. Through studies of both classic and modern German literature, I sought to develop an overarching perspective on the German literary consciousness as it changes through time and space. An inspiring discourse between tradition and progress, past and present emerges out of this trans-generational dialogue. It is a discourse that is fraught in Germany, where the memory of violence and disillusionment, of physical and spiritual trauma is perhaps especially strong. All courses were taken in German, which ensured significant and rapid improvement of my German. The goal was to lay a solid foundation in German language, literature and philosophy for my undergraduate degree and for later graduate studies in Comparative Literature. My year in Germany was fruitful both academically and personally. I return to the States with a wider, deeper, more “comparative” perspective on my subject, the world and its interconnections.


Alexa Monn
Home University:  University of Notre Dame
Major:  IT Management & German
Program/University in Germany:  Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: alexam(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Alexa Monn and I study German and IT Management at the University of Notre Dame. I have had the pleasure to study in Germany twice: once for a summer language immersion program and a second time for a semester at the Freie Universität Berlin with the Berlin Consortium for German Studies. I also completed an internship in Bonn in early 2016.  Studying abroad is not only important to me for language acquisition, but also to understand cross-cultural differences.  Studying with German students at a distinctly German university allowed me to get to know the thoughts and opinions of people with a very different background than mine. I also highly value the independence and self-assuredness I gained abroad. My semester abroad was a blast! I was able to meet interesting people and explore different parts of Germany on my own time. I intend to help other students find their own fantastic experience and get over some of the bumps along the way that come with leaving their comfort zone. My time studying in Germany is without question a highlight of my academic career and one of the most valuable and rewarding (and sometimes scary) experiences of my life.


Taylor Moore
Home University:  University of Winnipeg
Major: International Development
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Bamberg
E-Mail: taylor(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Taylor Moore and I am pursuing a degree in International Development at the University of Winnipeg. I had the amazing experience to study abroad for a year in Bamberg, Germany. Needless to say, it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in my life. I was able to meet people from all around the world and connect with so many different cultures. My time in Germany has not only allowed me to improve my language skills but also appreciate both Germany and Canada and the uniqueness that they both offer. In the beginning, living in Germany was a very hard transition but as the days slowly passed I realized all of the amazing and supportive people around me were going through the same situation and were there to help me through everything.  I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything in the world. Though sometimes it got tough, I persevered through the difficult times and it has made me the stronger person that I have become today. I can guarantee you that doing an exchange or working in Germany will be one of the best experiences of your life. I would be more than happy to contact anybody who has questions about studying in Germany!


Christina Park
Home University:  York University
Major:  Visual Arts and Concurrent Education
Program/University in Germany:  Bauhaus Universität Weimar
E-Mail: christina(at)daad-ambassadors.org

While concurrently completing BFA and BEd degrees at York University, I spent my 4th year of study at Bauhaus Universität Weimar. One year before my exchange semester, I attended Bauhaus Summer School for a month. Amazed by the school’s tradition, history, disciplines and practices, I dreamed of being involved in this modern school of design and living in a European landscape. So I prepared to study abroad again at Bauhaus Universität Weimar with York International Exchange Program for two semesters. I had the honour of receiving the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to make the best of my life and study experience in Germany. My 2 months in Göttingen and 10 months in Weimar were indeed an eye-opening experience, where I developed new ideas and perspectives. Through study abroad, I learned as much about myself as I learned about other culture and people. I rediscovered my love for the arts and learned a new language. I broadened my worldview by meeting like-minded people from all around the world who shared the same interest, passion, and love for the arts. I grew to be more independent by confronting challenges of living alone in a foreign country. Everyday surprised me with a new challenge that helped me to grow to become the person I am now. Feel free to contact me as I would be happy to share my stories and knowledge of study and life abroad in Germany!


Morgan Phoenix
Home University:  Denison University
Major:  German & Psychology
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail: morgan(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Guten Morgen Morgan!

But seriously, my German roommates had an absolute blast constantly reminding me that my name was an everyday word. This led to a lot of confusion, but much more laughter. I spent a semester abroad living in a German fraternity (Die Wartburg) house with German men and woman, as well as a few Italians. Never before had I felt so immediately welcome and at home as I did with my Wartburg family. Germany opened up my world, not just by allowing me to gain a better understanding of the German language and culture, but for the first time to truly understand what it means to be an American in the eyes of the rest of the world. Germany is a country steeped in strong tradition, while also trailblazing in many areas such as green energy and auto technology. I learned to love the German insistence on fresh baked pastries always made from scratch, a strange obsession with bubbly water, and the ability to seemingly never run late. I was completely immersed in the culture, even working part-time at a café in the local zoo. I ate crazy food, from liver meat ball soup to pickled herring, and was happily surprised to enjoy it…. most of the time. Being a student in Germany is also wonderful. I truly felt that my education was valued and there was a plethora of resources to assist me in my studies. I met people from all over the world, and realized how Germany is on its way to becoming a major cultural center. I have friends from Turkey to Cuba, and everywhere in between. I gained amazing skills and even better friends, and will truly use the insight I developed during my time in Germany for the rest of my life. Germany is a beautiful country, and I only hope I can help others experience its beauty.


Bailey Reiners
Home University:  Lawrence University
Major:  Art History & Psychology
Program/University in Germany: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
E-Mail: bailey(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo meine Freunde! I'm Bailey, a senior at Lawrence University majoring in Art History & Psychology with a minor in German! I began studying German in high school on a four-week exchange with a Gymnasium outside of Munich. My time there quickly fueled my passion for learning and speaking German. The summer after my freshman year of college, I studied at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin during a four-week language course. This was my first experience living alone in a big city and a great introduction to city life as well as practicing German outside of the classroom. Then, in the fall of my junior year, I spent another four months back in Berlin (my new home away from home) studying with IES Language & Areas Studies through Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. At Humboldt, I studied a variety of topics from Business & Trade, attended lectures at the Reichstag, studied classic German plays and attended a live performance at one of the theaters in Berlin. In addition to the many excursions provided by my program, I also joined a German rowing team in Grünau (just south of Berlin), with whom I rowed with every Tuesday. During my weekends, I alternated between exploring local niches and traveling to neighboring countries, my favorites being Hungary & Iceland! I am really passionate about studying abroad, especially in Germany, and have several great stories that I would love to share with you! I also have a long list of my favorite eateries, bakeries, clubs and most of all museums in Berlin as well as other countries I visited, so please, contact me!


Genevieve Rowell
Home University:  Acadia University
Major:  German Studies
Program/University in Germany:  Albert-Ludwigs- Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: genevieve(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo zusammen! I am a German language and politics student at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and I spent my third year of university on exchange amongst countless other international students and native German students at Albert-Ludwigs- Universität in Freiburg. As I had only two years of German classes under my belt at the time, the immersive experience was invaluable. Going abroad allowed me to improve my language skills immensely and enjoy the independence and challenging nature of living in another culture. The German university and higher education system has much to offer international students. Freiburg is a particularly wonderful place to live and go to school.  As a Young Ambassador, I look forward to sharing my experiences and spreading the word about the opportunities Germany has to offer! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have questions or are looking for advice.


Julie Sexton
Home University:  Memorial University of Newfoundland
Major:  German
Program/University in Germany:  Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail: julie(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Julie Sexton and I am studying German and Linguistics at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). I first started learning German in my first year of university, and knew right away that it would be my major. The professors are amazing, and the people I’ve met while learning German are now some of my best friends. While studying at MUN, I got the chance to go to Germany with a group of students from MUN and study German language and Culture in Heidelberg. I was also able to travel around to other parts of Germany: Berlin, Potsdam, Frankfurt, the Black Forest, and so much more! Being able to study in Germany was a huge help in boosting my ability to speak German, and I was able to meet people from all over the world! I truly believe that studying abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences. From meeting new people to trying the local cuisine and drinking a beer by the river, experiencing a completely different culture is a learning experience, and I can’t think of a better place to do it than Germany. There are opportunities for all kinds of people to study and improve their skills in Germany. I’m excited to share my knowledge and experiences with others so they may also experience what Germany can offer. Please feel free to contact me at any time!


Caleb Smith
Home University:  Wichita State University
Major:  Aerospace Engineering
Program/University in Germany:  Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg
E-Mail: caleb(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Moin! My name is Caleb Smith.  I am a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Mathematics at Wichita State University. I had the incredible opportunity to study at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) in the spring semester of my junior year (2015). At first, I was a little wary about studying in Germany. After all, I only knew about four words in German, wasn’t sure what the classes would be like, feared missing out on things here in the states, and had never even been on an airplane before. However, all my worries and doubts were cast aside within a week of arrival in Germany.  From the diverse architecture and the long, rich history to the various offerings for entertainment, leisure activities, and internationally influenced cuisine, there is an abundance of experiences which make Hamburg (and Germany as a whole) a unique and exhilarating place to live. I also enjoyed traveling around Europe, which is actually quite affordable, with the many great friends I made while abroad. Furthermore, I had what I consider to be one of the best scholastic opportunities of my life in Germany; presenting a semester-long team design project to Airbus engineers. I found the classes to be extremely practical and applicable to my field of study. After such an incredible time in Germany, I found it nearly impossible not to share my experiences with pretty much everyone upon arrival back in the US; especially fellow students, with the hope that they too might decide to study abroad.  I am so glad I embarked on the journey despite my initial doubts and worries and hope that you will decide to embark on a similar journey. So please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.  Tschüss!


Azsha Treanor
Home University:  University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Major:  Global Studies
Program/University in Germany:  Philipps- Universität Marburg
E-Mail: azsha(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Azsha Treanor and I am an incoming senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  I am currently pursuing a degree in Global Studies with a focus on Global Politics and Economies and a minor in Business.  Unlike others, my experience with Germany has been fairly short.  My focus has been up until now entirely focused on Asia, specifically China.  When entering college, I knew I wanted to study abroad and the plan had always been to go to China.  However, I became very interested in Germany during my sophomore year of college, when I made my first German friends. So I decided to change plans and run off to Germany! (I made that decision without knowing a single word of German).  I soon found myself enrolled at the Phillips-Universität Marburg located in Hessen. Getting dropped off in a country where you do not know the language or culture proved to be very difficult at times.  Thankfully, I did have plenty of German friends living there who helped me out and my German roommates welcomed me with open arms. Despite my difficulties, I would do it all again. I learned so much about myself during my time there and made friends that will last a lifetime.  Not only that, my eyes were opened up to an entirely new part of the world.  I plan to continue learning German and I hope in the future that I am able to live and work there!  Germany is a wonderful and beautiful place with a rich culture.  I would encourage everyone to go there at one point in their lives! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I am always happy to help!


Nikea Ulrich
Home University:  Juniata College
Major:  Biology & German
Program/University in Germany:  Philipps- Universität Marburg
E-Mail: nikea(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Nikea Ulrich, and I am a senior at Juniata College, double-majoring in Biology and German. I studied abroad for a semester of my junior year in Marburg at Philipps-Universität as a DAAD Undergraduate Scholar, and wow, was it an incredible experience! I was challenged to a new level by taking microbiology courses in German, and I also had the opportunity to conduct research at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. My research involved investigating the presence of specific sulfate-reducing bacteria within the termite gut through anaerobic cultivation. But, my rigorous academic experience was not just consumed by studying and lab work; I experienced other cultures by meeting people from all over the world and going on spontaneous weekend adventures. This helped me become more aware of what it truly means to be sustainable and independent, and I began to understand what Germany values at its core. Let’s not forget about that delicious German chocolate as well! My semester in Germany was equally challenging and fulfilling, and I deeply encourage you to explore your options for studying in Germany. Even one semester, which is an incredibly short time as I realized, will open doors for you and impact you in wonderful ways. I would be happy to share my experiences and talk with you more about options provided by DAAD. Please don’t hesitate to contact me!


Matthew Viney
Home University:  University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
Major:  Economics & German
Program/University in Germany:  Goethe Universität Frankfurt
E-Mail: matthew(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Ei Gude! My name is Matt Viney and I studied at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt during the 2015/16 academic year on a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. I initially chose to study in the city am Main, due to its financial importance and central location within Europe. However, during my time in Frankfurt, I discovered Frankfurt is much more than Europe’s financial hub, but an active, multi-cultural city with dozens of opportunities to explore and meet other, engaging people from the entire world. During my time in Germany, I was also able visit Goethe’s houses in both Frankfurt and Weimar, climb the Alps in Bayern, and survive the chaos that is Germany on New Year’s Eve in Leipzig.  I would strongly encourage all perspective students to study abroad at least once during their academic careers, due to the unrivaled personal growth it fosters. I look forward to answering your questions and helping you with all things Germany/DAAD!


Alysha-Rae Weekes
Home University:  University of New Brunswick
Major:  Business Administration
Program/University in Germany:  Hochschule Heilbronn
E-Mail: alysha-rae(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Just over a year ago, I booked a one-way ticket to Germany to study for one semester and work for another. It was probably the most frightening and exciting thing I've ever done, but I wouldn't change a thing! I've learned so much about the German culture while studying in Heilbronn and working in Hamburg. The German education system is amazing - classes are really hands-on and interesting and professors are so knowledgeable and keen to share what they know. The German work ethic is something most people hear about, but I had the privilege to witness it while working as an intern. With that said, my time management and efficiency has definitely improved since being here!

One great thing about Germany is its geographical location. It's so simple to travel Europe on a dime! During my time off, I was able to ski the Alps in Switzerland, visit the Palace of Versailles in France, observe Gaudi's architecture in Spain, and climb an active volcano in Greece. All of my visits to other countries while I lived in Germany have given me a global view and taught me so much about the world!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you the best I can!


Yuqing Yang
Home University:  University of California at Berkeley
Major:  History & Philosophy
Program/University in Germany:  Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: yuqing(at)daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! I’m Yuqing, and I’m now a student majoring in Philosophy and History at Freie Universität Berlin. During the past year in Berlin, I have immersed myself in the Berlin culture, traveled around Europe, met friends from diverse backgrounds and re-defined my boundaries. I took advantage of what Berlin has to offer and discovered a lot of opportunities for my future. I took documentary film classes on the weekends, started to learn Russian with German classmates and experienced another side of Germany while working as a WWOOFer in Baden-Württemberg. Most of all, I also finished a legal internship at WilmerHale that gave me a glimpse into the German law system. At Freie Uni, the slow-paced German academic schedule during the semesters allowed me much liberty and time to take on projects I have been interested in and thus widened the perspective of my final projects. As a Young Ambassador, I want to share my memorable experiences in this unique cultural scene of Berlin, but I also want others to know there always exists an alternative, an adventure that awaits!