We Brits tend to give the Germans a bit of a hard time with our jokes. But since I’m now working in Germany as a teaching assistant for my year abroad, I thought I’d take on the challenge to find out how much truth actually lies behind our stereotypes. Do the Germans really only eat sausages for breakfast? Are they actually as impeccably efficient and organised as we expect them to be? And the classic - do they always put their towels on the sun loungers first?
Jade is studying French and German at the University of Leeds, and is currently in the last month of her British Council placement in Aachen, Germany. Here is her insider guide to the city, including advice on sights to see, what to do, travel opportunities, ease of access to the city, the weather, shopping and social scene in Aachen.
Louise is studying German at the University of Warwick and is coming to the end of her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Lauf an der Pegnitz in Germany. Here is her advice about teaching in a small town: the German School System, the expertise required, the benefits and how being placed in a small town isn't the end of the world: it's a fantastic opportunity!
Jennifer is a Joint Honours student at Warwick University, and is currently on her year abroad in Germany doing a Language Assistantship in Oberhausen while living nearby in Essen. Here is her advice to help you save money while travelling on your year abroad in Germany.
Sara is a Journalism student, doing her final year at Universität Hamburg, Germany, while also working at a student health insurance company. Here is her advice for other international students, based on her experiences doing her whole degree in the country.