Despite the fact that I mostly write about food on this blog, the main reason I’m actually in Germany is to get my Master’s Degree. Because I get a lot of questions about this, I thought I’d post about it here.
I am currently earning my MA in Intercultural Cultural Communications and European Studies (ICEUS) at the Hochschule Fulda (University of Applied Sciences Fulda).
My program is made up of about 30 people from all over the world, which means we are not only studying intercultural communications, we are constantly experiencing it (and often learning more through these exchanges than in the classroom). This was part of the reason I applied to this program in the first place. I could have studied this anywhere, but to actually experience it constantly is not always possible. We will have three semesters of classes, a 10-week long internship, and a fourth semester to complete our Master’s thesis.
This year, the ICEUS group is made up of only eight Germans and then the rest of us are from Nigeria, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Belarus, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, China, and the US. (I hope I didn’t forget anyone, let me know if I did). Oh, and don’t be confused by the number of guys in that picture- they were only in our European Law class- there is only one full-time guy in our program this year (poor fella).
The courses are half in English and half in German and our lingua franca seems to be Denglish most days. And it’s great. You might think that if you mix 30 people from all over the world and put them in one classroom, it might be problematic. But so far, it’s been a relatively smooth process (at least from my perspective), and I hope it continues this way 🙂
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask 🙂