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
Case Western Reserve University
Clemson University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Louisiana State University
Manchester University Indiana
Northwestern
Simon Fraser University
Spelman College
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia Okanagan
University of Calgary
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Georgia
University of Idaho
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Notre Dame
University of Rhode Island
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Valparaiso University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington and Lee University
Washington State University
Wichita State University

Megan, Anderson
Home University:
Northwestern University
Major: German
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
E-Mail: megan[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Servus! My name is Megan, and I am currently in my senior year at Northwestern University, where I am majoring in German.  I began learning German when I was 11 years old and first visited Germany as a junior in high school. It was this trip and the wonderful people I met in Germany that helped me realize my passion for German and ultimately decide to study German in college.  I spent my junior year of college, about 11 months, in the wonderful capital of Bavaria: Munich, Germany. While in Munich, I studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and was able to take classes in German history, culture, literature, politics, and art, as well as forge long-lasting friendships.  I also conducted independent research during the semester break, traveling throughout former East Germany and interviewing many people about their experiences living in the GDR, creating meaningful connections with them (we still write to one another!).  My experience abroad was formative, inspiring, and the best decision I’ve made to date.  It allowed me to learn about other cultures, see the world from new perspectives, and greatly improve my German.  Study in Germany is an invaluable opportunity to grow and meet new people, as well as to travel, and it can open up many doors for you down the road.  Whatever your major, career goals, and language proficiency, there are wonderful opportunities in Germany waiting for you. I am excited to share my experiences and advice with you, as well as answer any questions you might have!

 

Sara Behrouzian
Home University:
Simon Fraser University
Major: Business Administration
Program/University in Germany: Universität Mannheim
E-Mail: sara[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo zusammen! My name is Sara Behrouzian and I am currently in my fourth year of Business Administration studies at Simon Fraser University. My initial reason to study in Germany, similar to many other students’ reasoning, was because of its central location in Europe. This made travelling and exploring the rest of Europe both convenient and more affordable. But to my surprise, Germany became more than just a travel spot, it became a home for me. I would leave for the weekend to different parts of Europe and be so excited to “go back home” to Mannheim after a long weekend of traveling. A part of my heart will always be in Germany and I cannot wait for everyone to experience the same homely feeling Germany brought to me. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns because feeling nervous and anxious is completely normal. Looking back now, I can assure you that studying in Germany was the best decision I have made in my life so far and that I will hold the experience close to me forever.

 

Carson Bryant
Home University: Washington and Lee University
Major: Economics and German
Program/University in Germany: United Parcel Service in Düsseldorf
E-Mail: carson[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hi, my name is Carson and I am studying Economics and German at Washington and Lee University. My first major experience in Germany was after my senior year of high school, in which I spent two weeks as an exchange student with a host family. This experience peaked my interest in the language and culture. After my freshman year of college, I spent four weeks in Berlin taking a class through my school, which exposed me to the dynamic and sometimes crazy rhythms of the city. My most immersive German experience was in the summer of 2016, in which I worked an internship at UPS Capital in Düsseldorf for three months. It was amazing to engage first-hand in a German work environment: I got to know a number of awesome colleagues, complete projects in German, and travel to different cities with the company. The experience of living independently in Germany was also invaluable. Living in my own flat and providing for myself helped me immerse in both the language and everyday life of Germany. I wouldn’t trade it for anything: I improved my knowledge of German language and culture significantly and learned so much about myself and my own interests. I hope to live and work in Germany after college in some capacity, as I thoroughly enjoyed my everyday life there. I encourage anyone to study or work in Germany at some point—firsthand experience is not only personally enjoyable but is undoubtedly the best way to enhance one’s understanding of Germany and the German language. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about studying, working, or living in Germany, or if you just want a random anecdote about Germany.

 

Connor Cochems
Home University: University of Idaho
Major: Advertising
Program/University in Germany: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Technik in Berlin
E-Mail: connorc[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hi! My name is Connor Cochems and I am a senior at the University of Idaho, majoring in advertising and minoring in German. I started my journey in Germany in 2011 when I received the “Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange” scholarship which allowed me to live in the beautiful city of Düsseldorf for a year. The friends and memories I made while in Germany left me craving for more. So in 2016, I studied abroad again at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Technik in Berlin, and had the time of my life, making memories that I will never forget. I would be more than happy to share some of my experiences and talk to you about all the benefits studying abroad in Germany can offer, and the amazing options provided by DAAD to help you get there.

 

Autumn Cox-Sweet
Home University: University of Texas
Major: International Relations & Global Studies
Program/University in Germany: Europa Universität Viadrina
E-Mail: autumn[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Tag! My name is Autumn Cox-Sweet and I am entering my senior year at the University of Texas at Austin. I am majoring in International Relations and Global Studies with a focus on German, European Studies, and International Security. I began learning German in first grade and continued through high school and college. After I graduated high school, I went to Germany for the first time with my German class. I was able to postpone my flight back and stay for a year. At first I worked on a small farm in exchange for room and board near the Polish border. Then later, I was able to find a place to stay in Berlin. There I baked cakes at a cafe and interned at an Occupational Therapy clinic. My year in Germany influenced me to go back to this same area when I studied abroad. I was fascinated by the differences between former East Germany and the rest of Germany that are still very apparent. Studying abroad at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) allowed me to further investigate this phenomenon and to also keep in contact with friends I had made before. I was able to take classes on migration and European security that influenced which direction I want to go with my degree. After taking a class on German literature for German students, I feel that I can say that I really am fluent in the language. My experiences in Germany have been truly rewarding and eye opening. They provided a catalyst that led me to change for the better. As a result, I strongly believe that language and cultural immersion is key to becoming a well-rounded person. If you have any questions about my experience, Germany, or opportunities with DAAD don't hesitate to contact me!

 

Connor Devine
Home University: University of Notre Dame
Major: Economics and Political Science
Program/University in Germany: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
E-Mail: connord[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Connor Devine and I study Economics and Political Science with a German minor at the University of Notre Dame. I have studied in Germany on two separate occasions--the first time through a 4-week language program at the Goethe Institut in Bonn and the second time for a semester at the University of Bonn in 2017. Prior to my semester in Bonn, I also worked for two months in a “Gymnasium” in Berlin. I chose to be a DAAD ambassador because of the great experience I had while studying abroad. I not only improved my German language skills, but also grew significantly in my understanding of the world around me. Being exposed to people of different backgrounds and opinions and also to an entirely different way of life helped me learn things about myself that a semester at home never would have. I hope to help others have the same or similar realizations during my time as an ambassador!

 

Dube, Gabrielle
Home University:
University of British Columbia Okanagan
Major: International Relations
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
E-Mail: gabrielle[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Grüss Gott guys! I’m Gabrielle and as I am writing this, I am still completing my second semester here in Munich at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Hopefully, by the time you read this, I will be done! Jokes aside, if it wasn’t for the fact that I have to go back to the University of British Columbia Okanagan, I would definitely stay in Germany for at least a little longer. The year I spent there was as fun as it was enriching and helpful for me. As an International Relations student, I believe my year abroad gave me so many new tools to use in my future studies, jobs and life in general. It helped me be more autonomous, tolerant, patient and way more efficient at dealing with the famous German bureaucracy… Before I came to Germany, I did not have the chance to study German in depth, or barely at all really,  which made my first few months a little difficult language-wise. Fortunately, it was a great challenge that made me better at deducing and adapting myself to any kind of situations. I had the chance to forge amazing friendships with people from around the globe, which hopefully will facilitate my future travels to their home countries and even maybe future employments. They are people with whom I had one of the best times of my life, and I will forever be grateful to them for these incredible memories. I wish everyone could experience the ups and downs of being an exchange student in Germany, and I can’t wait to make everyone jealous when I come back!

 

Hannah Foley
Home University:
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Major: Social Work and Women & Gender Studies
Program/University in Germany: Fachhochschule in Frankfurt
E-Mail: hannah[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! Ich heiße Hannah and I am currently a senior studying Social Work and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh!  I knew from the moment I entered college that I needed to study abroad. Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, I yearned to experience what life was like outside my comfort zone and after countless months of research and time browsing Pinterest, I decided to spend a semester at the University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS) in beautiful Frankfurt, Germany, studying Transnational Social Work (Soziale Arbeit)! I chose Germany because of a few reasons. Learning more about my German heritage, indulging in a history that had always fascinated me, and expanding my very minimal German language skills, I like to pretend were the only reasons that swayed me, but I knew in my heart that I also craved the culture, the food, and the ability to travel anywhere in Europe with ease! During my time abroad, I traveled to (and got lost in!) 14 different countries, made best friends from all around the world, worked with refugees and global populations that I wouldn't have had access to in the States, and learned more about myself, the world, and the amazing people that inhabit it than I could have ever imagined. Frankfurt became my second home while abroad and I fell in love with the feeling of not knowing what was ahead of me, living my life day to day and seeing what adventure was ahead. Studying abroad was one of the best and most terrifying experiences I have ever had and I hope to be a guide (and tip giver!) for anyone who wants to challenge themselves and explore this crazy beautiful world as I did! Tschüss!

 

Breea Gould
Home University:
Louisiana State University
Major: International Studies
Program/University in Germany: Philipps Universität Marburg
E-Mail: breea[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo Leute! My name is Breea, and I am currently completing my fourth and final year of undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University. Before I wrap up in May 2018, I want to encourage as many people as possible to explore all the opportunities that lie in Germany. During my exchange in Germany, I lived in idyllic Marburg for five months and studied at Philipps Universität Marburg. My curriculum included intensive German language classes along with lectures relevant to my field of study. Not only was I able to considerably advance my German skills in this short time, but I also came to more deeply understand my education experience. It is not the same everywhere! This revelation presents itself as an opportunity to learn from the new environment and its challenges. In my many free hours during the semester, I practiced German in real life situations, traveled across Germany, and even found volunteer opportunities as an English tutor. My time studying abroad changed the trajectory of my life because I realized how much there is to learn and how adaptable I can be. There are many different programs in all different fields, so reach out if you want to talk to me about my experience or get some ideas on where to start!

 

Derick Holmes
Home University:
Wichita State University
Major: Business and Human Resource Management
Program/University in Germany: Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
E-Mail: derick[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hello there! My name is Derick and I am a senior at Wichita State University, double majoring in Business and HR Management. After traveling to 49 states with my family throughout my life, there came a time in my college career that I wanted to go outside the U.S. borders. I wanted to expand my knowledge, my view points and my comfort zone, so I chose to Study Abroad. After looking at all my options I chose Germany for a lot of reasons: I am part German and wanted to see a little of my heritage; it is very centrally located in Europe which makes traveling to other countries easy; I enjoy history and Germany has a lot of it; they are an economic and environmental powerhouse in the world; and it was a place that I didn’t know much about. In Berlin, I had the time of my life! I lived with six others in a building with 70 international students in total. We had so much fun taking classes together, traveling together, trying each other’s food and talking about culture. I could not have asked for a better exchange. Although Berlin by itself is such a historic and exciting place, I did quite a bit of traveling around Europe. I got to visit 15 countries as well as several German villages in my five-month experience, and it was incredible! I have gained more from this experience than I can explain, but if I can tell you one thing, it would be that studying abroad is a must for your college career, and I don’t think it gets much better than Germany! My goal is to help anyone and everyone get the best experience out of their time abroad, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Phong Hong
Home University:
University of California, Riverside
Major: Entomology
Program/University in Germany: RISE / Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
E-Mail: phong[at]daad-ambassadors.org

As a Young Ambassador, I hope to increase STEM students’ participation in study abroad programs. My journey in Germany started in 2013 during my gap year between high school and college. I study Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. I left the United States not knowing German, expecting to fully immerse myself in the culture for the next 10 months. While in Ratzeburg, a small town in northern Germany, I picked up the language while attending a local Gymnasium (high school equivalent) and adapting to the new lifestyles with the support of my host families. After coming back to the U.S,  I dedicated the next few summers to studying in Vietnam and Germany. In Vietnam, I conducted ethnographic research mainly with minority groups as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar. Last summer, I revisited Germany with the RISE DAAD scholarship. While in Lüneburg, I was introduced to non-profit organizations that work closely with Middle Eastern and queer refugees. My interest for studying in a foreign environment stems from my first trip to Germany, which became the reason that I advocate for students to study abroad. Students will find that studying in a foreign country will allow them to overcome cultural and language barriers, work in a multicultural environment and collaborate with other disciplines to examine issues from a broader perspective.

 

Erin Hoy
Home University:
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Major: Neurobiology
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: erin[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Erin Hoy. I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison studying Neurobiology with a certificate in German (Madison’s equivalent to a minor). In 2016-17, I did a study abroad year through the Academic Year in Freiburg Program at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. I had two very different experiences with studying in Germany. The first semester, all courses I took were taught in German, which allowed me to complete my German certificate. However, in the second semester, I took all my courses in English for my Neurobiology degree. Studying abroad for a year in Germany has allowed me to drastically improve my German and experience other fields of study from a non-American perspective. I strove to avoid the “exchange student bubble” by truly integrating myself into local living. I worked three different mini jobs over the course of the year and went on short cycling tours to the neighboring countries of France, Switzerland and Austria. I even met my fiancé in Tunisia. I think that every student should study abroad at some point in their academic career. As for Germany, its central location in Europe makes it easy to travel and discover other countries. Living a year abroad, traveling, and experiencing the differences among cultures has made me question the ideologies that I grew up with and had accepted to be true. I challenge you to use your [future] experience abroad to really question your way of life and thinking. In this way, one can grow to be a more culturally competent and cultivated global citizen. I would be happy to share my experiences and answer any questions, so feel free to contact me!

 

Jemma Hwang
Home University:
University of Georgia
Major: Bioengineering
Program/University in Germany: Karlsruher Institute für Technologie
E-Mail: jemma[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Jemma (JongIn) Hwang, and I am currently studying German and Bioengineering at the University of Georgia (UGA). My passion is in languages and the culture that comes with it, and I feel so fortunate to have learned German and also lived in Germany for a year. I first studied in Bonn with the Goethe Institute for one month, then I moved to Karlsruhe to attend one semester at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). I was also able to work for Merck Group in Darmstadt for a few months, so I had a glimpse of both professional and academic settings. As an engineering and German student, it is rare for me to take courses in the humanities area that are not involved with German, so it was eye-opening to take two philosophy courses at KIT. I was intrigued by the discourse in our weekly seminars and relearned how to study - not for the sake of studying, but for the sake of learning something new.
Another valuable lesson I learned was from interacting with other international students as well as German students. There were many points of views, and it was refreshing to be able to see various topics more objectively. It allowed me to refine my opinions and also question some ideas that exist within our different cultures.
I want other students to be able to have this eye-opening experience, and I especially want to encourage and also help students of minority backgrounds to take this great opportunity. My travels, my new friends, and my experiences as a student and an intern have reshaped my future path. I can't imagine what it could do for other students.

 

Amber Johnson
Home University:
Spelman College
Major: Comparative Women's Studies and Political Science
Program/University in Germany: CIEE Berlin Open Campus
E-Mail: amber[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! Wie gehts!? My name is Amber G. Johnson and I am a graduating senior, a Comparative Women's Studies and Political Science double major at the illustrious Spelman College. I have been learning the German language since the ninth grade and in the fall of 2016 I had the opportunity to study abroad in Berlin, Germany studying the German language. As a CIEE HBCU Scholar, and a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar I was granted the opportunity to study Afro-German history and the missing narratives of the Afro-German people in mainstream German history. I had such an amazing time conducting this research and immersing myself within the culture that I plan to return to Germany this winter.   This past spring I was able to return to my institution, Spelman College, and continue that research to complete requirements towards my BA degree in Comparative Women's Studies & Political Science and I'm proud to announce that I will be graduating on May 20, 2018. It is my hope that I will be able to use my experiences to uplift and inspire others not only to travel abroad but also to master a foreign language. Through my philanthropy and community engagement I will serve as an example of how minorities thrive abroad. I know now that because of my background in gender studies, research skills, German language studies and leadership experiences, I am even more equipped to accomplish my goals.

 

Min Ku Kang
Home University: University of Alberta
Major: Molecular Genetics
Program/University in Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
E-Mail: minku[at]daad-ambassadors.org

 

Hallo! My name is Min Ku Kang and I am entering my 4th year in Molecular Genetics at the University of Alberta in Canada. I am originally from Seoul, South Korea but I have been studying in Canada since high school. I love travelling and experiencing the diversity within many cultures; also, I love science. For me, science is a way to define and view the world and doing research allows me to answer the mysterious questions that nature has imparted on us. Because I like to explore the world and do research, I thought it would be best to do a summer research in Germany. This is how I got interested in the DAAD RISE program during the summer in the 2016. I spent 2 weeks in Berlin for language program, and the rest of the summer in Munich, at a cutting-edge biomedical research center at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU). I was part of an epigenetics research group at the Braun Lab, where I investigated the role of a protein called Epe1 in heterochromatin spreading in fission yeast. For me, it was an eye-opening experience as I was able to learn so much both academically and culturally. Academically, because I was able to use state-of-the-art research tools, cool experimental techniques, and learn about yeast epigenetics. Culturally, because I was able to travel around after work and really immerse myself into the rich European culture, which could be both seen and felt from the people, architecture and the food. Also I made valuable friendships with my lab mates and my fellow DAAD RISE friends. Overall, it was a highly rewarding experience and I highly recommend the DAAD RISE program!

 

Lombardi, Kayla
Home University:
University of Rhode Island
Major: Supply Chain Management and German
Program/University in Germany: Fachhochschule Hamburg
E-Mail: kayla[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Tag! My name is Kayla Lombardi and I study Supply Chain Management and German at the University of Rhode Island. I just returned from one year in Germany via the International Business Program, similar to the DAAD Study and Internship Program. During my first semester I studied at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, where I focused on international trade and investment. It was really interesting to look at the world from a European perspective, and Hamburg was an amazing city in which to witness international trade. My second semester I spent in Bavaria, where I interned for Audi. There I focused on process improvement projects and learned a lot about process optimization. Since I also study German, this year really solidified my skills in the language, although I studied along many students who didn’t study German at all but still loved their time in Germany. HAW Hamburg was a fantastic school to take both English- and German-taught classes, and Audi is so flexible when it comes to the language they use in meetings and interactions. This year taught me the most overall about being independent, paying my own bills, finding my own housing, and making sure my bank account and insurance were set up correctly. I learned so much and miss it already!

 

Sahyra Lora Nova
Home University:
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management
Program/University in Germany: Zeppelin Universität Friedrichshafen
E-Mail: sahyra[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Sahyra, and I am finishing my undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver Campus. I am originally from the Dominican Republic, but consider myself to be a citizen of the world. I decided at a young age that I wanted to increase my cultural knowledge and be exposed to cultural diversity, and so far I’ve had the opportunity to do that. I find cultural awareness to be a much-needed trait in today’s world, and what better way to develop it than to immerse myself and to gain first-hand experience. In spring 2017 I completed a 5-months exchange program at Zeppelin University, located in a beautiful little town in Southern Germany. Attending Zeppelin University and pursuing courses focused on Politics, Cultural Studies, and Business was challenging, but definitely worth it. Although I do not master the German language, I joined classes taught in English making it possible for me to understand and share ideas. Because of Germany’s central location in Europe, I enhanced my experience by traveling around the continent with new friends. I left a piece of my heart in Friedrichshafen, but it also belongs to those international friends from various countries. My time in Friedrichshafen exceeded all possible expectations, both for educational development and personal growth. If you ever need advice or have doubts about your exchange, I am here for you! Please feel free to contact me and I’d be more than happy to share my experiences with you.

 

Bridget Luckie
Home University:
Clemson University
Major: Biochemistry and Genetics
Program/University in Germany: RISE / Technische Universität Dresden
E-Mail: bridget[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Bridget Luckie, and I am a senior at Clemson University majoring in both Biochemistry and Genetics. Having never studied the German language, I decided to venture outside of my comfort zone and travel to Germany to conduct research through the DAAD RISE program in the summer of 2016 – and I am so glad that I did! Before actually beginning my research internship, I was fortunate to be able to learn the basics of German at the “did deutsch-institut” in Berlin for 2 weeks. From there, I traveled to Dresden and conducted research at the Institut für Genetik at the Technische Universität Dresden where I studied the antioxidant defense mechanisms of mitochondrial membrane proteins. When not in the lab, I was able to explore more castles than I have fingers to count, hike through the breathtaking Saxon Switzerland region, party at the Bunte Republik Neustadt festival in Dresden, and listen to an ethereal performance by the Thomanerchor during the Bach Festival in the Thomaskirche where Bach served as the Kapellmeister. During the program, I was also able to travel to Vienna, Prague, Rome, Genoa, Milan, Strasbourg, and Zurich. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore another culture, immerse myself in a collaborative international research environment, and learn a bit of a new language. I gained such a large appreciation for the diversity and innovation that Germany represents and, of course, for the delicious German cuisine. I look forward to sharing my experiences so that I may encourage others to take advantage of the DAAD RISE program and other DAAD-funded opportunities in Germany!

 

Rita Maricocchi
Home University:
Case Western Reserve University
Major: German, French and Political Science
Program/University in Germany: Universität Heidelberg
E-Mail: rita[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Rita Maricocchi, and I am a senior at Case Western Reserve University, majoring in German, French and Political Science. Since I started studying German in ninth grade, I have had the opportunity to travel to Germany three times, and each trip encouraged and deepened my interest in the German language and culture. During my sophomore year of high school, I did a one-month-long exchange in Gießen, and I returned three years later to stay with a host family for the summer in the small town of Beverungen. Most recently, I spent the past year studying for two semesters in Heidelberg, Germany, with a DAAD undergraduate scholarship. At the Universität Heidelberg, I took German literature and history classes as well as several French and Political Science classes. I found the university environment to be unique and engaging. One of my most challenging classes was a French theater class, in which a group of ten students and I adapted and wrote a series of five skits to perform in French. Though I was at times way outside of my comfort zone in this class, I gained insight into the French language and culture from the German perspective and made friendships that lasted my entire year abroad. Overall, I found the lifestyle in Germany to be pleasant to adjust to and easy to enjoy. Furthermore, I enjoyed learning to care more for the environment by recycling, using public transportation, and hang-drying my laundry. At the end of my time studying in Germany, I returned to the United States with a new perspective to offer and a renewed interest in my studies. I am always happy to talk about my experiences in Germany and offer any advice that may be helpful, so please reach out!

 

Seth Middlecoop
Home University:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Major: Political Science
Program/University in Germany: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
E-Mail: seth[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hallo! My name is Seth Middlecoop, and I am currently a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, studying Political Science with a minor in German. I studied abroad with USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) in Lüneburg, Germany, for my entire spring semester in 2016. I had the privilege of living with a warm and generous host family that helped immerse me in the language and included me in most of their familial activities. I purposely chose a city that was not a large tourist destination, so it would better allow me to learn and use German more often in everyday life while abroad. In Lüneburg, I took intermediate-level German language courses as well as accelerated political courses on German politics and culture at Leuphana Universität. Throughout the duration of my stay in Germany, I visited cities such as Berlin, Hamburg, Lübeck, Hameln, Schwerin, Munich, Dresden, and Nuremberg. Each place I went to, I always visited museums, tried local dishes, and attempted to communicate with locals. Learning about the culture and history of Germany prior to modern times gave me a better understanding of how the Germans have evolved as a people and allowed for exceptional insight into how the current political climate is affecting citizens throughout the country. My semester abroad was both my first visit to Germany and the first time I experienced being completely independent. Of course, it was hard at first to maneuver through the country, but the more I spoke with locals, the greater my self-confidence became while using the language, the more navigation skills I acquired, and the more enjoyable studying and traveling in Germany became. After I graduate and obtain my bachelor’s degree, I intend to complete my master’s program in Germany and eventually join the U.S. State Department.

 

Ariana Moore
Home University:
Valparaiso University
Major: German
Program/University in Germany: Eberhard Karls-Universität Tübingen
E-Mail: ariana[at]daad-ambassadors.org

 

Hello! My name is Ariana Moore, and I am about to start my senior year at Valparaiso University to finish my bachelor’s in German with a minor in Political Science. I started with German when I was fourteen, and I knew the second I began learning the language that I wanted to study abroad. I chose German because it seemed interesting to me, and I decided to pursue it at the university level because I wanted to know more about the culture and get the chance to study abroad. Despite the struggles associated with living in a foreign culture, my year in Tübingen was amazing. I had the chance to travel around Europe, Germany especially, I’ve made friends from around the world, and I was immersed in a rich culture. Though being gone for a year is difficult - and there were moments when I wished I could’ve been at home or back at my university - getting the chance to spend a year in Germany isn’t something I would have ever given up. I had the opportunity to see amazing places, like the palace in Ludwigsburg, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and the Marienplatz in Munich, and have experienced things that I would never have in the United States. I’ve bettered my German speaking, listening, and writing skills, and I’ve met people who have become my closest friends. Studying abroad is something life-changing and eye-opening, and I hope I can inspire more people to study in Germany and experience the same thing. If you have any questions concerning studying abroad in Germany or anything else, feel free to email me and ask. I’m always happy to help! Tschüss!

 

Nam Nguyen
Home University:
Washington State University
Major: Chemistry and International Business
Program/University in Germany: Council on Intl. Educational Exchange (CIEE) Global Instititute
E-Mail: nam[at]daad-ambassadors.org

"Hallo, ich heiße Nam Nguyen. I'm Vietnamese, and I'm currently a junior at Washington State University, pursuing a dual bachelor's degree in Chemistry and International Business, with a triple minor in Global Studies, the Global Leadership Certificate program and the Certificate of Global Competencies program. As an international education enthusiast, I'm so fortunate to have been able to study abroad in many different places. I became the first student from Washington State University to have studied abroad in 9 successive study abroad programs over 5 different continents. I have studied in Ireland, Italy, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, Argentina and Antarctica. Out of all of these places, I would say that Germany was my favorite place to study. I studied German and Political Science there for 2 months at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Berlin, which was an extremely educational and eye-opening experience. I feel everyone can benefit from attending a study abroad program as it makes students more culturally aware and open-minded, which is a necessity in our globalized world. Experiencing another country’s culture can open many doors for students both academically and professionally. Should you be considering a study abroad program, I would encourage you to check out Germany. Since Germany is deemed the land of ideas, studying there can inspire students to develop creative and innovative ideas to improve the future. If you have any questions about Germany, about living and studying abroad, or just want to hear about my experiences studying abroad, feel free to contact me. Auf Wiedersehen!

 

Hélène Richard
Home University:
Acadia University
Major: German and French
Program/University in Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
E-Mail: helene[at]daad-ambassadors.org

I’m Hélène, a student of German and French at Acadia University. During the academic year of 2015/16 I had the incredible opportunity of going on an exchange to a German university, the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg. I am now in the fourth year and look forward to returning after I graduate. Throughout my stay in Germany I was not only able to improve my German and make great friends from all over, but also to discover a rich culture from an entirely new perspective. There are so many great things to be said about living and studying in Germany, whether you are a German major or not! This total immersion was the highlight of my time at the university thus far, and to anyone thinking of undertaking a similar adventure, I would recommend it without hesitation. If you have any questions or if you simply would like to learn more about Germany or my personal experience, do not hesitate to e-mail me. I would be glad to help you!

 

Caitlin Ryan
Home University:
University of Calgary
Major: Bioinformatics
Program/University in Germany: Technische Hochschule Berlin
E-Mail: caitlin[at]daad-ambassadors.org

 

Guten Tag! My name is Caitlin Ryan, and I’m working towards a degree in Bioinformatics with a minor in German at the University of Calgary. In January 2015, while studying Computer Science, I decided to apply for a DAAD RISE internship and was accepted for the summer of 2015. I spent 10 weeks researching at the Technische Hochschule Berlin with the Fachgebiet KBS (Kommunikations- und Betriebssysteme) – the Operating Systems and Communications Group under the supervision of a Ph.D. student. This experience was not only invaluable for my computer science studies, but very rewarding personally. I participated in the Tandem Language Program at the TU Berlin and was matched with a German-speaking student. Every week we met at a café and had conversations auf Deutsch and in English. On my very last night in Germany we cooked dinner together, and I got to practice my language skills by reading German recipes. Before leaving for Germany, I had taken four German-language courses which were immensely helpful in accomplishing all the administrative tasks in preparation of living in Germany. While I was in Germany, I didn’t think my comprehension had improved much, but as soon as I got back to German class I knew that I had absorbed way more than I originally thought. I’m very excited to be a DAAD Young Ambassador and hope to be able to share more information with you. I’m happy to answer questions via email about my experience with DAAD RISE or about study, research, and life in Germany. Tschüss!

 

Peter Shepherd
Home University:
Manchester University Indiana
Major: Sales
Program/University in Germany: Phillips-Universität Marburg
E-Mail: peter[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Guten Tag! My name is Peter. I am entering my fourth year at Manchester University (in Indiana) for my bachelor’s degree in sales and a minor in German. My future plan is to enter the career field of international business! I am very excited about being a DAAD Young Ambassador and learning how to share my passion for Germany with others. I look forward to connecting and building relationships with others that share a similar interest for everything pertaining to Germany: the language, culture, history, and people. My most recent trip to Europe was in the fall semester of 2016. I studied the German language in Marburg, Germany, at the Phillips-Universität Marburg. I also traveled to Lübeck, Hamburg, Erfurt, Berlin, Vienna (Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien), and Salzburg. This trip only confirmed my love and passion for Germany and German. It was one of the greatest experiences I have had. I learned so much; not only about Germany and the language, but also about myself. Traveling to Europe was eye-opening and made me reflect on the importance I give to my role in the international community. It is important for us to realize the role we play as international citizens. Going abroad offers many valuable life experiences and forces us to leave our comfort zones for a place where we grow as individuals the most! Being a DAAD Young Ambassador gives me the opportunity to give something back in return. Many people have been a part of my German journey, so sharing my passion and helping others towards a great experience abroad would be a great privilege. Please reach out if you have any questions!

 

Salome Tash
Home University:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Major: Political Science and German
Program/University in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin
E-Mail: salome[at]daad-ambassadors.org

“Do something every day that scares you” is a maxim I have embraced during my time in Berlin, Germany, which has led to many new, exhilarating experiences. Hallo everyone, my name is Salome Tash, and I am entering my senior year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, pursuing a double major in Political Science and German. Travel has been an integral part of my life from a very early age thanks to my parents, who instilled in me the importance of learning about different world cultures and opening my mind to new ideas. When I was eight years old my parents took me out of the fourth grade and homeschooled me as we traveled to 19 countries in nine months. One of those countries was Germany, and it made such an impression on me with its beautiful nature and friendly people that I knew I would return someday. This experience prompted me to study German throughout middle school and continue on at the university where I made one of the best decisions of my life, to study abroad in Berlin. I spent an entire year studying alongside German and international students at the Freie Universität Berlin and making friendships that will last a lifetime. My advice to anyone who is considering taking the next step to study abroad in Germany is, simply, "Do it." Not only will you get to explore this wonderful country, but with its central location in the heart of Europe, many other countries are just a short flight or train ride away. While moving to a foreign place can be both challenging and at times a bit scary, it is immensely rewarding, and I can’t wait to help those of you ready to embark on this journey, so please feel free to contact me! Tschüss!

 

Vanessa Valencia
Home University: Brock University
Major: Business Administration
Program/University in Germany: Universität Mannheim
E-Mail: vanessa[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Vanessa Valencia and I'm in my fourth year of Business Administration at Brock University. I'm originally from El Salvador, I'm pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Canada, and I spent my third year of university abroad. I spent the first semester studying in Sweden and   the second in Germany at the Universität Mannheim. When I first arrived in Germany I knew little about its culture; now I am amazed by its history and have fallen in love with the country. The semester in Germany has been one of the best experiences in my life, and my exchange has helped me develop new skills and abilities from an international perspective. Studying in a European post-secondary environment was a true learning experience. I have built networks and established friendships with people from all over the world that can last a lifetime. I have always been passionate about traveling, and this year I traveled more than ever. I highly recommend taking every opportunity to travel around Germany and other neighboring countries in Europe. I encourage all students to do an exchange program during their studies and make the most of each opportunity. Keep an open mind! Be inspired! Studying abroad can broaden your horizons and positively shape your outlook on life. If I can help answering any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Mary Warlick
Home University:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Major: International and Global Studies
Program/University in Germany: University of Konstanz
E-Mail: mary[at]daad-ambassadors.org

Hello! My name is Mary Michaela Warlick, and I am a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am majoring in International and Global Studies with a concentration in human rights. I am also minoring in German as well as Peace and Conflict Studies. I began studying German in my freshman year at college due to really positive experiences with German students that had studied abroad at my high school. The professors and faculty in my university’s German Department are incredibly supportive and encouraging and persuaded me to apply for a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship. At the time, the Peace and Conflict Studies Department at my home university was planning a research program in partnership with the University of Konstanz. Through this program, I was allowed to attend research seminars concerning the refugee crisis in Germany as well as volunteer at local organizations dedicated to assisting refugees in the city of Konstanz. I am so grateful for having been awarded a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, and I look forward to assisting students who plan to study abroad in Deutschland!

 

Madeline Yaskowski
Home University:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major: German and Public Relations
Program/University in Germany: Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe
E-Mail: madeline[at]daad-ambassadors.org

My name is Madeline Yaskowski, and I am a junior at Virginia Tech studying German and Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. When I was 12, my family moved to Germany, and I fell in love with German culture. Although I moved back to the United States three years later, my interest never subsided, and I decided to pursue a major in German. In the summer of 2016, I completed an internship with Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe’s International Student Center, for which I worked as an English-language resource. My duties included teaching an English course, translating documents, helping around the office, and representing Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe at conferences and events. As you may expect, I learned a lot through my internship and my German improved tenfold, but I think my time in Germany was so much more valuable than that: I learned about different cultures, traditions, and ways of life – and in the process, I learned about myself. One of the most valuable things I walked away with was the ability to make mistakes and learn from them. I went into my internship very shy, trying to limit my speech to therefore limit my mistakes. I slowly realized, though, that especially when learning a language, mistakes are important. Had I made no mistakes, I would have made no improvements. If I have one piece of advice for students considering going abroad – or, well, just people in general – it’s this: step outside of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way. And if you get stuck, or if you have any questions, feel free to reach out!