Why You Should Study Abroad in Germany

By Amanda Cohen on September 15, 2019

Whether you’re studying abroad right now, in the near future, or in the far future, you are probably daydreaming about where you’re going to go. There are places where most people go—Barcelona, Madrid, Florence, Milan, Australia, Cape Town, etc.—and there are some countries that aren’t as common to study in, but are equally, if not more, amazing than the typical study abroad locations. Particularly, I want to talk about Germany—a country in western Europe that has a whole lot to offer for your study abroad fantasies! So, get a book on how to speak German because Amanda is coming at you with the low down on studying abroad somewhere in Germany!

First, let’s talk about the obvious German destination to study abroad: Berlin. Berlin has a cultural landscape that is not as widely talked about as, let’s say, for example, Barcelona. What people don’t know is that Berlin has 170+ museums, including Hamburger Bahnof, which is the only train station left in berlin from 1846. What was once a train station is now an homage to old fashion Germany boasting a gorgeous collection of contemporary art. Another museum that is a must if you study in Berlin is the Jewish Museum Berlin, which is the largest Jewish museum in all of Europe. As all of us know, the German-Jewish history is devastating, and this museum allows one to explore the tensions of that time in an appropriate manner. This is a museum that cannot be missed. For more must-see Berlin museums, check out this website.

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What else is there in Berlin that you absolutely cannot miss if you study abroad here? First, the Brandenburg Gate, which is a monument that has been in the city since the 18th century. The history of the gate is that, in the past, it separated East and West Berlin, not to mention it is beautiful both during the day and night, so ensure that you go multiple times throughout your visit. The Fersehturm Berlin, commonly known as the TV Tower Berlin gives you a 360-degree view of the city. It has a restaurant where you can eat and drink, but if you already have dinner plans, buy a ticket just to go to the Observation Deck. It is highly recommended to go during the evening. Check out this article for more of what you cannot miss if you study abroad in Berlin, or even if you just go for a visit.

Another fantastic city to consider if you are looking to study abroad in Germany is Munich, also known as the “business hub” of Germany. If you are currently in business school or are majoring in something along the lines of economics and/or technology-based, you definitely need to look into studying in Munich. Particularly, if you are interested in the automobile industry, the following companies have their headquarters in Munich: BMW, Telefonica (O2), Munich Re Group, Allianz, Siemens, and Infineon. Another major plus of studying abroad in Munich is that, even though it is located in Germany, it is often referred to as the Bavarian Cosmopolitan because it is home to people from all over the world. Therefore, if you study here, you will get a taste for German culture as well as a multitude of other cultures that you didn’t even know you wanted to experience.

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What I want to talk about next isn’t a city, it’s an event: Oktoberfest. This year, Oktoberfest is held in Munich starting on Saturday, September 21stand goes under Sunday, October 6th. This gives you 15 full days to go and experience one of the coolest and most festivals in history. What is the history of Oktoberfest you might be asking yourself, well, Time has a great article on it, but I’ll give you a quick synopsis. Over 200 years ago, Oktoberfest was the wedding celebration when Bavaria’s Crown prince Ludwig wedded the Princess of Saxony-Hildburghausen, Princess Therese, on October 12, 1810. Lots of drinking occurs, but traditional Bavarian music is played and you are expected to wear traditional Bavarian clothing (dirndls and lederhosen). All of the information I spoke about, and more, can be found in the Time article that I have hyperlinked; it gives a great overview of the history and current Oktoberfest festival traditions.

I hope this article, as well as everything that I have hyperlinked, incentivizes you to consider studying abroad somewhere in Germany. The culture, the cities, the food, and more are unlike any other and you will not regret it if you choose to spend your time abroad here. Not to mention, you can travel to just about anywhere in Europe from different areas in Germany, so you can have a multitude of abroad experiences in different countries and cities. Travel safe and do as much research as you can before deciding. Good luck!

I am currently a junior at the University of Michigan.

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