Germany: Baden-Württemberg: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Hi there! I’m Christoph, and I’m a fourth-year student double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and German Studies. In the spring of my sophomore year, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Germany at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I spent it alternately taking classes in German, traveling and getting to know the local culture, and one of my few regrets is that I wasn’t able to spend more time there, sampling delicious Semmelknödel or Brezn. German cuisine aside, being able to travel around, visit local dorfs (small towns) or go as far as Italy or France in an afternoon is an experience I will never forget. Flying to Marseille for a weekend with friends and touring the city and then coming back for classes on Monday is certainly something that I’d never be able to do during a normal semester in the USA, and is the kind of opportunity that makes study abroad experiences so enjoyable. Apart from this obvious benefit, they also shift your perspective, allowing you to see your world in a new way, which can feel like a breath of fresh air after living and studying in the same place for years. Though it might’ve sounded idyllic, I made tons of mistakes while abroad, as do most, and that’s perfectly all right! Plus, the silver lining is that now I can speak from experience about what not to do so that you (hopefully) don’t make the same mistakes I did. I can’t wait to talk, whether it be about making your study abroad possible, stories from experiences abroad, or literally anything else!