While studying abroad in Germany, you will be confronted with both the efficiencies and quirks of a new society and culture. No matter how much you read and prepare before you leave, there will always be a learning curve when adjusting to life in another country, but hopefully the following tips will help you to avoid some uncomfortable situations when going about your everyday life in Germany. Language Don’t rely on speaking English. You may just be a beginner, but using whatever German language skills you have will get…

It’s amazing how quickly human beings can adapt to new circumstances and surroundings. You will find that during the time you spend in Germany, some of the cultural and social practices will not only start to make sense to you, but become second nature. After studying abroad in Germany, you are sure to experience some reverse culture shock when getting settled back into life in the United States. Some of the questions you are bound to ask yourself when settling back in at home after studying abroad in…

I guess a better question would be “What didn’t I love about studying abroad in Germany”? The year I spent as a student in Germany has completely shaped my world view, and forever changed the way that I live my life. There are countless things that I loved about my host country, but here are a few: The People While many Germans may seem initially reserved, the ones that I met while studying abroad were nothing but welcoming, kind, and fun. My German friends taught me a lot…

Four weeks went by way too fast! To celebrate on our last day in Berlin, our CEA onsite director, Kristin Kerr, took us to an outdoor traditional German restaurant for one last get-together. As we were chatting, everyone gave me their best advice that they would pass onto other students who are considering studying abroad. Even though everyone offered a different piece of advice, we all agree that studying abroad with CEA was life changing, and we wish we could do it all over again! McKenzie McClanahan is the Summer 2015…

Here’s some crazy news: This is my last week of class at the Berlin School of Economics and Law! It feels like I have been living in Berlin for months (or years), but sometimes I still can’t believe that 3 weeks have gone by so fast! Unfortunately, I’ve been struggling a little bit with homesickness lately…I even took a 45 minute subway ride to find a Mexican restaurant that reminded me of Arizona. But all of my homesickness should be cured soon because my mom and grandma are…

After a long 15-hour plane ride, I have finally made it to Berlin! I have been living here for exactly one week, and one thing is for sure…I have never been so busy in my entire life! We always have something going on…which is tough for me, because I’m used to taking three naps a day. I thought it would be pretty difficult dealing with the jet lag. There is a 9-hour time difference between Berlin and Arizona. But we’ve been so busy, that I am usually EXHAUSTED…

When I was growing up, we weren’t rich by any means—but my hard-working parents always made sure we had enough money to travel the world. By the time I turned 20 years old, I had already visited over 21 different countries. Although I’ve been to more countries than I can count on my fingers, I have distinct memories from each of these beautiful places that will stick with me forever. I remember the bright white houses with big blue doors in Greece. I remember the amazing chocolate croissants…

My cousin, Anki, and I in Amberg, Germany. Being my first year traveling outside of North America, I found it vital to visit my family while living in Europe. I have family living all over the world– in Germany, Sweden, Australia, Syria, Canada, Lebanon, etc. Since Germany and Sweden were closer in proximity, I decided to visit my cousins, aunts, and uncles, and make the most of this opportunity. It’s a bit evident that this holiday season was like no other. I got to reconnect with my roots,…

My fourth stroll out of Paris was more than just another trip to the French countryside. It was a weekend of chilling lakeside breezes, Lake Titesse in the Southern Black Forest getting acquainted with some feathered friends along the shore, breathtaking glimpses of vineyards, and meadows that seemed to be pulled straight out of The Sound of Music! Yours truly, frolicking through the meadows of Titisee, Germany I think it’s safe to say that each landscape above was dangerously close to perfection. However, the most impactful aspect of the…