Last semester (Fall 2012), I studied abroad at the EBS Universität für Wirschaft und Recht (EBS University for Business and Law). I lived in Wiesbaden, Germany for four months and studied Business Administration, also my area of study at UFV.
Before I arrived, I was challenged with the task of finding my own place to stay. Luckily, I found a nice place for a good price from a man from the UK, so there was no trouble communicating with the landlord. The area where I was staying was laid out with beautiful farmland and vineyards. I was surprised at the amount of history in Germany.
It was my my first time outside of North America, and it was definitely a shock to hear another language other than English being spoken around me all the time, especially by children. They spoke so fluently while I struggled to learn the basics. As time went on I got used to the differences and I learned quite a bit of German myself.
During the intro day, I met tons of people from all over the world: Sweden, Spain, Eastern Canada, Italy, Korea, France, Norway, Mexico and many more places. My roommate for the semester was from Spain; he was a great guy, very enthusiastic, outgoing and friendly. Because Vancouver is many Germans’ favorite place to go, I felt I was treated like a king.
Outside of school, I played men’s field lacrosse for the Mainz Musketeers. The team was made up of mostly Germans and a few Americans and they were ecstatic to have a Canadian playing for them. I spent most of my time in Germany with my teammates and don’t regret it. I made some really good friends and will keep in contact with a lot of them.
While I did do some travelling in Germany, I would have liked to do more. During my stay, I traveled to Köln, Koblenz, Essen, Wurzburg, Marburg, Frankfurt and Mannheim. I also visited Budapest, Hungary, for a weekend.
Overall, I enjoyed my time there a lot. It was one of the best experiences of my life – one I will never forget. Anyone who is thinking about studying abroad in Germany, or Europe for that matter, all I can say is DO IT! You won’t regret it. I know I will be going back very soon!