Where did you study?
Name of program
MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange, University of Leipzig
Why did you choose to study there?
I have always wanted to visit Germany and Leipzig
has one of the main Universities in Germany. Leipzig, in
my opinion, is one of the up and coming cities in
Germany with great educational programs as well as night
What courses did you choose to enroll
I took three classes from a college that is part
of the university that offers German courses for
exchange students- grammar, writing, and conversation. I
took two history classes, a German literature class, and
an American studies class as well.
How did you pay for your study abroad
My parents paid for my study abroad semester after
all my scholarships through UMKC were applied.
Did you use some sort of financial
aid, scholarship or fellowship?
What was your living situation?
I lived in the student dorms with five other
people. I lived with two guys and three girls, but I had
a single bedroom. I was right by the city center, which
was really convenient.
Favorite aspect of your trip?
I loved meeting someone everywhere I went and
being able to strike up conversations with them. It is
fun to be able to tell your story to other people and at
the same time, hear what other people have to say.
Challenges you faced?
Needless to say, speaking a different language
than everyone else is really hard. Customs are
different, and knowing what to do in situations isn't as
obvious as it would be in America.
Advice or helpful tips for future
Going to class isn't the only important part of
studying abroad. Make sure that you are going out into
the city, traveling, and meeting the local people.
What is one thing you would change
about your experience?
I wish I would have traveled around Europe more.
It isn't every day that I get to be in Europe and have
the opportunity see many different countries. I was
perfectly content in Leipzig, so I didn't want to leave.
Now that I'm home, I wish I would have taken that
Is there a funny or memorable story
you would like to share from your experience?
A guy heard me speaking English, so he came up to
talk to me. When I told him where I was from, he asked
me if I went to the University of America. I didn't have
the heart to tell him that it didn't exist.
Something interesting you learned
about the town you lived in?
During Christmas time, Leipzig has the largest
free standing advent calendar in the world. Who wouldn't
want to see that?
Would you be willing to allow
students to contact you via email with any questions
regarding your study abroad experiences?
Yes. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org