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Why should I choose Germany for my year abroad?
If The Hoff himself (perm and all) made it big here, so can you! For historians the world over, Germany remains an important and intriguing site of historical interest, with many remnants and monuments of times past to visit and explore. For nature lovers, it offers the beauty of the Black Forest, the tranquil delight of the Rhine Valley and the Bavarian Alps and Forest, to keep you out of city trouble and release your inner country bumpkin! Party animals and culture crowds can hit up Berlin and Munich for entertainment purposes.
Germany is progressive, exciting and an exquisite place to escape to. If you're into reading old, dog-eared books of fables and day dreaming, you'll be enchanted by a fairytale world that lies in the romantic landscapes of the country. Snowy mountains, lush green forests and towering castle turrets punctuate its sky, and you'll soon feel the need to slip on some lederhosen and munch on some gingerbread.
If beer and festivals are more your thing, then we have one word for you: Oktoberfest. Fancy doing something altogether more liberating and a little more hardcore, ja? Well head to trendy Berlin, where you can fulfil many a fantasy, from pretending you're in an art-deco movie, prancing about in fluorescent clothing or just having the time of your life in one of its many, many clubs. With so much to do, so much to see, and such a sizeable student population, you'll most likely have to turn down invitations than dwell in student accommodation, mit sauerkraut for company.
Whatever you want to get out of your year abroad, rest assured that Germany will have you well fed, well drunk and well cultured within no time, with a penchant for litre pints of beer (it can only be a good thing, right?). Cheaper than most of its European neighbours, it's a great choice for a year abroad as it won't let you down, whatever your tastes or fancies!
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...
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.
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?