Having spent the last academic year on my year abroad in Germany, where I lived for 9 months, I would like to think that I have managed to learn a little bit about this amazing country and its people (alongside doing not much work, screaming at children and drinking way too much, way too often…). As I am a big fan of a good list, below are the 10 things that I have to say are without a doubt the biggest things I have noticed since I arrived here many, many moons ago…
Dan is studying at Exeter University and has spent his year abroad as a British Council Language Assistant in Hannover. Here are 100 things he has learnt during his year abroad in Germany...
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.
What connotations spring to mind when you hear the word Germany? A country whose inhabitants while away the days dressed in Lederhosen, drinking Beer out of Stein’s, and eating Wurst and Sauerkraut? A land of strictly organised people whose technological minds have no equal and whose car firms brag about their ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’?
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.