UFV’s Mainz Musketeer lacrosse player in Germany

Vineyards and Farmlands in Wiesbaden, Germany

Vineyards and Farmlands in Wiesbaden, Germany

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!

Michael Lisowsky

The Mainz Musketeers

The Mainz Musketeers

 

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