My Master’s Program

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.

Photo from Bettina (Danke!)

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask ๐Ÿ™‚

6 thoughts on “My Master’s Program

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  2. Hey,

    Just wondering how your studies are coming along? What sort of job do you think you’ll be looking for after you graduate? I’ve actually been looking at the same program.

    • Hey,
      So far, I’m really enjoying the program. It’s obviously not perfect, and I’ve found a few classes pointless, but all in all, I’m learning a lot and love the international environment. I’m hoping to later work with exchange students (either Highschool or Uni) or at some German-American Organization. We were given a list of all the places former ICEUS students have worked, if you are interested, I can send it to you.

  3. That sounds exciting :D. I’ve been looking at a few different “European Studies” degrees in Germany and Fulda is one of the unis on my list of ones I plan to apply to. Do you guys have any chances to take languages classes (not German…but French or another language)? If you could send me the list I would appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚

    My email is: Chad8510@gmail.com

    Thanks so much!

  4. What an awesome program! It sounds so interesting and it must be amazing to be with people from all those different countries. Hope you’re enjoying everything!

  5. Thanks for all of the info! I decided to apply to the program and am now just waiting to find out whether they’ve accepted me or not :).

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