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Monday, August 11, 2014

Accepted to Grad School in Germany!

It's finally official: I will be going to grad school in Germany!

Many of you may be thinking, "You are just finding out now? Doesn't the semester start soon?"

Yes, I am just finding out now. Technically, I got the response to my application at the end of July, but that response was a rejection. I had to work a little bit to get the decision reversed (it ended up being a mistake on their end), and I was officially accepted last Wednesday.

Picture from when I was mailing off my German grad school applications in May

The school year in Germany does run a little bit differently than in the U.S. as well. Here is how the two systems compare:

U.S.

Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Germany

Winter Semester: October - March
Summer Semester: April - September

Of course there are other systems in each country, but in general, that is how it goes. So, my classes do not begin until October 13th, although there are some kick-off events for new Master's students that begin on October 1st.

My program is Cultural Sciences with a major in Digital Media, and my classes will be in German. Does that make me super nervous? Yes. But I did take a German test, get accepted, and have the Dean of Students tell me my German is very good. So, that all has to mean something.

I still have a lot of things to do before the first day of classes, but it is nice to not have to sit around and wonder anymore...

Wish me luck!

9 comments:

  1. Good luck on grad school!! :) Congrats on getting in!!

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  2. Finally!! Congratulations on your acceptance. It must feel like a relief. I know mine definitely did. This also reminded me that I was to update you about mine. Let me do that in a minute. :)

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  3. Congratulations and good luck!!

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  4. Wow, that is so exciting! How long have you been learning German? I have been learning for 5 years now but still feel too afraid to take on professional and academic German. I am currently looking into grad programs in Germany, and am curious as to how the educational system compares to that in North America. Best,

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    1. It is a little hard to say since I started learning at 15, but took a long break from 18-21. So, I would say I have been learning for about 5 years as well (although it was stretched out over 9 years).

      I am also afraid about starting my Master's in German, but I don't think you can really learn academic German unless you go for it. Maybe my first semester will be difficult, but I am sure it will be all downhill from there ;)

      If you have questions about grad programs, feel free to email me at courtneytheami@gmail.com

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