German Business and Culture, Germany
Summer I short-term, faculty-led course
There are a million things to do when you travel. Some people dream of traveling to France to sit under the Eiffel tower and be kissed, walk across the Great Wall of China, visit the “8 Wonders of the World”, or simple get away to read a book. Though I wouldn’t mind a kiss in one of the most romantic cities in the world, it is not what I am most excited about for my study abroad program. I will be traveling to Germany for a 3 week experience abroad. My parents would likely want me to say that I am most excited about the education part, but personally I am looking forward to experiencing German culture. Stereotypes say that Germans are blunt and have good beer, that’s my only frame of reference. But I am interested in learning about the simple things like their fashion, work hours, food, music, and everything in between. From what I’ve heard from students who have gone to Germany in the past, even little things such as how they eat their hard boiled eggs is unique. An interesting thing this German study abroad provides is that we are allowed the opportunity to work with students from around the world at Paderborn University, which is similar in size to Western. We have the opportunity to sit in their lecture halls with German students, learning material that is both meaningful to them and us. I am also looking forward to trying their food and walking the streets of Berlin. Overall, the experience will be beneficial on an educational and personal level. I hope to better my knowledge of the German culture and get to know myself more through the process.