Germany by Josh King

My first week studying and living abroad in Germany has been fascinating and somewhat exhausting as I adjust to the new environment. After landing in Germany, I quickly noticed many social and cultural differences. For example, the public transport in Berlin is massive and like nothing I have encountered in South Carolina. At first, I was intimated by the sheer amount of U-bahn, S-bahn, straßbahn, bus, and taxi options, but…

Prague and Berlin by Sara Muller

This past week I traveled to Prague and Berlin, both stunning cities that in my opinion are very underrated. Prague was a complete surprise, to begin with the fact that they use Czech crowns and not euros like the rest of Europe. Prague’s public transportation system was awesome, and you could move by tram or subway throughout the whole city for very cheap. The most pleasant surprise I had was…

Living like a Local in Bamberg, Germany by Jeremy Gallego

Perhaps the most pleasantly surprising quality of Bamberg is their love of either street food or hole-in-the-wall restaurants, of which there are dozens in an otherwise very small city. My favorite food here has come from one such establishment, simply known as The Box. The dish is known as the MeatLover and consists of French fries, Pork, Sauerkraut, Cole Slaw, cheese, and a few other things. I have also enjoyed…

Culture, Customs & Traditions in Bamberg, Germany by Jeremy Gallego

While so far I have not attended any festivals or events in Germany in the traditional sense, Germans have a weekly tradition called Stammtisch, during which friends will meet for beers and food at the same place every week. Some of my new friends and I love to visit a bar called Ahörnla for our weekly meeting. I am trying to learn German during my time here, however Bamberg is…

Intro by Kelly Joyner

Hi there! My name is Kelly Joyner and I am a sophomore studying German and International Business at the College of Charleston. I will be studying abroad at the Otto-Friedrich Universität in Bamberg, Germany for a full semester. I chose this program because it will enhance not only my German knowledge and language, but also the learning skills that I use in my everyday life. I am beyond eager to…

Intro by Jeremy Gallego

Hello! My name is Jeremy Gallego, and I am a Junior studying International Business and German at the College of Charleston. In just over a month from now, I will be departing for my exchange program with the Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg, Germany. The main factors in choosing this program were academic ones, due to German being one of my two majors, however, I would also like to learn the language…

Studying Abroad at Aalen University by Lauren Graham

I knew that I wanted to make friends while living in Europe, but I did not expect to meet so many friends and travel companions through the international student building that I live in here at Hochschule Aalen. I have been here almost six weeks now and I have been absolutely blown away by the magnitude of difference between America and other cultures. I have made so many friends from…

Study Abroad in Bamberg, Germany by Erin Hauptmann

*(Previously written)* Servus (Southern Germany Hello)! My name is Erin Hauptmann, I am currently a College of Charleston Sophomore studying abroad in Bavaria, Germany at Otto Friedrich Universität Bamberg. I am majoring in both German and Supply Chain Management and minoring in Global Logistics and Transportation and German Studies. I started learning the language about 9 years ago as a way to reconnect with my heritage (Hauptmann is an extremely…