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Germany : Reviews (Bonn)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Study Abroad & Global Engagement
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Nicholas Peter Konowitz, Spring 2012 Participant
The greatest part of this program is that it allowed for me to meet so many different people from so many different countries. It also gave me the opportunity to truly use my German. I was able to make so many close friends while using German as are primary langauge! This program allows for the individual to decide how much language immersion he or she wants. Their are plenty of people speaking english, spanish, German and many other languages therefor people of all levels can benefit. It is truly a great program!


Noah Avery Ottinger, Spring 2012 Participant
The University of Bonn offered excursions to its participants in cities and sites all over Germany without any extra cost to the JYP-it was all included. The opportunities to be lead through Germany by Germans were an amazing part of the program and it allowed me to see and understand the country in a way that would have been muddled up by a guidebook. Some of my favorite memories from the program involve evenings in a the parks and gardens with Germans and workers from the international office.


Samuel Odd Walter, Spring 2013 Participant
The beautiful city of Bonn and the University of Bonn. It was a beautiful and fun campus, and the city was a great place to be a student. The state and city government were very accommodating for all students, exchange or local (free public transport anywhere within the state was an example).


Scott Allen Friesen, Academic Year 2014 Participant
My favorite part of this program was simply being able to fully integrate myself into a foreign culture totally different from that of my own. I was constantly surrounded by so many walks of of life and the knowledge learned from these people and their cultures was invaluable.


Juliana Yajing Hacker, Spring 2016 Participant
There were so many things that I loved about this program. Bonn is the perfect city to study abroad in. It is not too big and not too small, and there is always something to do or see in town. Also, it is aesthetically one of the most charming cities I have ever been to. I also loved meeting people from all around the world, and being able to communicate with them in German. It was great to be surrounded by people who loved the German language just as much as I did.


Sarah Corinne Cluff, Spring 2017 Participant
My favorite part of the program was finding a biology class to take part in abroad. I learned so much from my professor and peers and loved learning about biology in Germany.


Holden Ann Zimmerman, Spring 2017 Participant
The program has many planned events for the students to participate in, including the Bonn Buddy program, which I highly recommend. There are also opportunities to conduct language tandems, which let you meet even more students at the University of Bonn.


Nicholas Peter Konowitz, Spring 2012 Participant
Using my German almost everyday!


Noah Avery Ottinger, Spring 2012 Participant
The program offered a lot of chances to meet many different people from all over the world. I love meeting people and making new friends. It is a wonderful thing to make a friend, but to forge a friendship using another language is rewarding.


Matthew E Styers, Spring 2015 Participant
The relationships I have made over the course of this year are certainly the biggest gain I have made. Not only has the immersion of the program given my German an extra boost, but the friends that I now have from all parts of the globe, Taiwan, Japan, China, Singapore, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, France, Spain, and more.


Sarah Corinne Cluff, Spring 2017 Participant
I thought the best part was participating in classes at the university level, and not just in the international office, since I got to meet so many new Germans and that's when I learned the most.


Noah Avery Ottinger, Spring 2012 Participant
I learned that you should never be afraid to make mistakes or try something new. Never say no to anything. If the idea of going hiking in the Blackforest or spontaneous train ride to a random city makes you uncomfortable, then I recommend doing it.


Juliana Yajing Hacker, Spring 2016 Participant
It is slightly daunting to move to another country for five months, but keep in mind that the Junior Year Program helps you the entire time. There were very few times that I had no idea what was happening or felt that I had no help.