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Umass Amherst Alum Evialina Yakimovich ’17

Study Abroad Yields German Scholarship

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

For Evialina Yakimovich ’17, a year of study abroad in Germany led to a German summer internship and scholarship for graduate school. The management and sustainable development major is attending the University of Mannheim in Baden–Württemberg on a full scholarship awarded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

She began her adventures in Germany as a junior when she spent the year at the University of Mannheim. She recalls that even before the year was over, she wasthinking, “How do I get back here?” One way was winning the DAAD scholarship.

She chose the University of Mannheim based on its reputation for excellent management and business programs and affordability. She says courses were taught by professors from all over the world.For example, she studied sustainability and business with faculty from Australia. Determined to extend her stay in Germany, she secured in the summer of 2016 an internship at BASF Corporation, one of the world’s largest chemical companies. During the internship, Yakimovich continued her cross–cultural experiences by meeting other interns and employees from all over the world.

Academically, she says she developed skills in international marketing. After an intensive language course and a year of practicing daily essentials, like ordering coffee, she overcame the language barrier.

“Every day I was forced to go out of my comfort zone and what is familiar to me.”

She says she was aided by establishing routines and sharing a hobby. A rock climber, Yakimovich says getting to know other climbers at a rock gym near the Mannheim campus helped her branch out from the American and international student community and make German friends. —Ashley Nadeau