My First Trip Abroad in Photos

My project “Austauscherfahrungen” has been active for more than a year now. To celebrate this occasion and reflect on the roots of this blog, I have put together this post—My First Trip Abroad in Photos. There are two ways to “read” this entry: you can either start from this page and click on the photosContinue reading “My First Trip Abroad in Photos”

So, you want to start learning Russian? (Five Quick Tips & Book Recommendations)

Dear readers, This will be a short post about tips on how to learn Russian efficiently. These were suggestions from my Russian sociology professor (a Russian historian, Chekhov fan and funny guy) for our five-week stay in Russia 😮 For Part 1 in this series click here —->               1.Continue reading “So, you want to start learning Russian? (Five Quick Tips & Book Recommendations)”

Returning Home After 13 Months Abroad

  Returning home to Georgia, U.S.A after 13 months abroad was surreal. I spent 7 weeks in Kiev, Ukraine. And before that, I was an exchange student in Erlangen, Germany. During my 11-month stay in Germany, I didn’t visit home a single time.     I left behind a different reality in Europe and hadContinue reading “Returning Home After 13 Months Abroad”

Goodbye, Kiev! ~Back Home After 13 Months Abroad~

I had a simple, relaxing weekend before my 18-hour trip back to the States. On Saturday evening, there was even a beautiful sunset in Kiev. Luckily, I lived in a room with a balcony. Although there was a noisy street outside, I still enjoyed having a view of passerby and of the many trees. WhenContinue reading “Goodbye, Kiev! ~Back Home After 13 Months Abroad~”

The Unforgettable Capital Cities of Slovenia and Lithuania (Part 2)

The amazing Vilnius, Lithuania

Let’s Talk Money ~Studying Abroad in Germany~

This post is going to be short and sweet. Let’s talk finances. How are the prices in Germany? What are my expenses? Getting a residence permit/student visa.. how much per month do you need?

What I’ve Learned Living Abroad on My Own

“When it seems like no one cares what you’re doing with your life, you have to be there for yourself…”
And much more! Here are ten things I’ve learned during my time living alone in Germany.

My Goals for a Year-long Exchange in Germany (A Bilingual Text )

This essay was the final step in the application process at my university before I was officially nominated to study at FAU in Erlangen, Germany. I share how I studied German back home, what my goals were for studying here, what I may want to do in my future and how I will make the most of my time here.

How to Prepare for an Exchange in Germany

How can I meet people abroad?
What do Germans think about Americans?
What is it like living in Germany?
Three of many questions addressed in this post about studying abroad in Germany for American students!

Getting Started with Studying Abroad

Dear readers, I would like to discuss “studying abroad” for American college students. Studying abroad is a rich experience to undergo during your college years. The first time abroad is life- changing. You see yourself and your native culture with different eyes. You get to experience everyday life of those who live thousands of miles awayContinue reading “Getting Started with Studying Abroad”

A mini “interview” written Spring 2017

Stephanie Ford German Literature Major, Junior This was required by university housing as a way for the RA (resident adviser) to check-in with the students. It was also meant to be beneficial for Freshman students to reflect on how university has impacted their lives. Yes, I wrote this as a Junior. If you keep reading, you willContinue reading “A mini “interview” written Spring 2017″