Studienforum Berlin e.V.
Submitted by Carrie - Nazareth College | January 13, 2016
The Berlin Residential Fall Semester Program is fantastic! I truly believe no matter who you are you will love this program. Berlin itself has many things to offer. If you're thinking about it.. it's defiantly worth it! *warning: program may give you the travel bug*
Costly, but worth it if you know what you're doing.
Submitted by Ethan K. - Nazareth College | December 17, 2015
I argue that study abroad programs are a vital part of the college experience and are effective in shaping open-mindedness--a necessity for a GOOD liberal arts education. Yet, would I pay such exorbitant fees to have a great experience? I would, and did, but your answer may differ.
Here are the highlights of this program so as to sway your decision:
1. Berlin. HELLO! It's Berlin people. You stay in this amazing international city for 3 and a half months. Spend your free time wisely and you will become well-acquainted with both German culture and Berliner culture (the two are vastly different in many regards). It's the best of both worlds, but here's the rub: if you don't know what you're doing in Berlin, then stay home because it will be a waste of your time and money. And it will be a waste of time for the program directors who work tirelessly to plan every detail so that even the simple act of getting a workable phone in Germany is taken care of. If you've ever travelled internationally, you know that it is the simple things that are the most difficult to manage. Studiumforum takes care of those details so you can enjoy the freedom of learning and engaging with a beautiful new culture. If you want to know more about Berlin, its traditions and culture, then go because I simply can't describe it well enough in a short review.
2. You can get by with English only. You shouldn't, but you can.
3. Excursions provide the historical context that you need to understand such a complex city. Each excursion is related to your courses and VERY relevant to your experiences, right from the language down to the doner. These day or weekend long excursions are informative and provide a little free time to explore new areas of Germany. You will pay thousands more for these trips as a tourist and simply will not get the closeness that you do via this program.
4. Networking. The program director opens up his connections and throws you opportunities, seemingly out of thin air. During the last month or so of your stay, you will intern somewhere, doing something. The possibilities are endless: from Opera houses to Human Rights Institutions. If you're smart (which you are since you decided to continue reading my hastily made review) you will take advantage of the opportunities that the internship provides. Oh, and outside of the internship right? Every situation is a networking opportunity, but you know this.
Study abroad programs instill something that every honest teacher strives for, well-rounded thinking. You are forced to accept new rules and values that will conflict with your own, no matter how simple or how grand. In terms of good study abroad programs, I'd say this one is close to the top, at least, from my own experience. Again, just remember to weigh your options. Is it worth the money? Well, if you're already paying thousands of dollars on tuition (if you're a NAZ student, this program is the same price as your tuition + housing, sorry commuters) then why not?
Once in a lifetime experience
Submitted by Sarah M. | January 21, 2015
I chose to go on this program as a final semester senior, and I can honestly say it was my best and most worthwhile semester of my entire undergraduate career. Through this program, I was able to study the German language and experience the German culture. This program provided opportunities to learn about many new concepts which have helped me to grow as an individual. I learned a great deal about myself as a result of this program. As an independent person, I enjoyed a great deal of freedom while simultaneously having the support and guidance of the stellar Studienforum faculty. This program provided me with some of the most wonderful opportunities of my entire life and I know that the things I have learned as a result of my participation in the Studienforum program will forever help me to continue moving forward and growing as an individual.
Submitted by Kelsey Quigley - Nazareth College of Rochester | January 08, 2015
Studying abroad changed my life.
I learned things about myself that I never expected would change.
I was challenged in ways that I never thought I would experience.
I had my eyes opened wide to another life on the other side of the ocean.
Whether it is through this program or another one, if you have the chance, you need to take it and study abroad. No matter what, make sure that you do it.
With that being said, let me tell you why you should choose this program:
1. Berlin has my heart. And you will fall in love with this city too. Do you like going to the park? Berlin is filled with parks (and peacocks if you know where to look). Do you love history? Berlin is filled with museums in every section of the city. I find Berlin to be the most historically interesting city in the world. Do you like music? Opportunities await you everywhere. From world-class orchestras at the Berlin Philharmonic to jazz artists in the basement of a bar, there is always something playing somewhere for anyone. Do you like partying? I do not party often, but if you do, I guarantee you will find a place to dance/drink/what have you until 6 in the morning and walk home to nearly see the sun rise (Because I did). Also note: In Berlin I felt completely safe as a 21 year old girl walking home alone. Do you like Christmas? Berliners and Germans in general know how to Christmas. By about the end of November there are Christmas markets everywhere in Berlin and they are usually open everyday, so if you love festivals, Berlin is the place to be. This list could go on for a very long time.
2. Dr. Jacobsen, the program director, and his program coordinators are amazing. If you ever need help with anything, they will go above and beyond to help you. They will take you on unforgettable trips. They have written into the program an entire week off from studying, so that you can travel and see more of Europe during your stay in Berlin! They will work their hardest to find you the best internship for your personal interests. I, a double major in Mathematics and German, had the opportunity to intern at a highly prestigious and respected research institute in the heart of the city, all because of Dr. Jacobsen and his staff's hard work and connections to organizations around the city. And I absolutely loved my internship. Through no other program will you find such dedicated, helpful people and the grand opportunity of an internship that will teach you so much about yourself and your career interests. This list could also go on for a very long time.
I could write a doctoral's thesis on why you should apply for this program, but you don't want to read that much writing. Simply put, just go. Go on this program. I have no regrets about going on this program. Everyone who comes home after this program speaks about it afterwards with stars in their eyes. The same will happen to you if you decide to go too.
Do not hesitate to ask them questions. They will love to hear from you. And it is important that you ask them anything that is on your heart.
I love Berlin. Go.
Submitted by Alyssa Henry - Nazareth College | January 07, 2015
There is only one piece of advice I will give anyone looking into the Studienforum Berlin program... GO!
Words can not express the independence, knowledge, and self-development that I and everyone I've talked to has gained from this program! I had never traveled by myself or to Europe, yet I was never once afraid or alone. Dr. Jacobsen and his team are always available and willing to help in even the most trivial travel problems. Berlin feels like a second home due to this program.