Category: Term Abroad

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Alexander Smith: Willkommen in Mannheim- Part 2

  Welcome back to the continuation of my blog post about the arrival and enrollment process here in Mannheim! After running around setting up bank accounts and getting the health insurance and enrollment squared away, the next day, we had to go back to a different place on campus to pick up our ecUM cards- ...

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Federico Mosconi: Forms, Paperwork, and the German Bureaucracy

Once I arrived in Mannheim and moved into my apartment I realized that there was still much more work to do before I started school. Unfortunately most of the work dealt with filling out forms, signing papers, and making sense of the German bureaucracy. The first order of business was to register myself as a ...

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Greta Jusyte: Macroons

Throughout my study abroad experience, I feel the constant need to avoid falling into a dark pit where English is the only spoken language. At a school where all classes are taught in English and some international students speak English, but not French. Therefore, it’s important to speak as much French as possible outside of ...

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Benjamin Saff: Learning a New Language

How Ben Feels One of my favorite aspects of my trip abroad has being learning the German language. As we all know, learning a new language can be quite challenging, especially when you’re not in your adolescent, sponge-like brain phase. I found that in the US, when taking my required 3 years of Spanish, my ...

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Alexis Pozonsky: Arte de la próxima generación

Well, my second full week in San José was definitely filled with the local artistic culture, in both classical and contemporary forms. On Tuesday, our program took a trip to the Teatro Nacional to hear the Orquesta sinfónica comprised primarily of students from the region’s largest public university, la Universidad de Costa Rica. The group ...

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Niacka Carty: Travelling to Barcelona

I decided to take a trip to Barcelona after sitting in on a lecture that compared the city’s desire to be independent from Spain to Scotland’s desire to be independent of the United Kingdom. I was surprised that the two were being compared, considering that Scotland is a country and Barcelona a city. It was ...

Corrine Mcandrews: Scotland’s Atmosphere

Scotland’s atmosphere is a great one. What partly attracted me to study in this land were its myths and legends. I was always fascinated by Irish folklore and the stories of things like fairies and banshees. During my high school years, I tried to tap into my Irish heritage. There is still a mystery about ...

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Federico Mosconi: Mannheim’s Summer Academy

I arrived in Mannheim a month before the start of the semester in order to take part in the Internationale Sommerakademie. This summer academy is a program offered by Mannheim University for exchange students. The main focus of the academy is to learn German and they advertise it as a preparatory intensive language course. I ...

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Benjamin Saff: Living in Mannheim

Ben Site-seeing I’ve been living in Mannheim for just over a month now. On this post I will attempt to summarize some of the different aspects of living here. Pros: 1. Mannheim’s train station is a great hub for travel. You can easily get to almost any main city in Germany as well as it’s ...

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Greta Jusyte: Stores and Food

I cannot believe that I’ve already been living in Reims, France for a month. As my fellow Drexel students begin their fall quarter, I am already preparing presentations and soon will be studying for midterms. As facing cultural differences is a given when living in a different country, below I will outline some major differences ...