Georgie Zitsch

Major
Biology

Hobbies
Dance

Hometown
Columbia, MO

Where did you study?
Leipzig, Germany

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 life.

What courses did you choose to enroll in?
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 experience?
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?
Yes.

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 students?
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 opportunity.

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 gezf57@mail.umkc.edu