Study Abroad Testimonials

Christie Fatica (’20): “I Almost Gave Up but I Was Fine!”

When I returned to Berlin, I was home. I took a taxi from Tegel Airport to where I was living and I remember thinking to myself ‘thank goodness I’m back. I missed Berlin.’

Julia Gutterman (’20) on living in Berlin-Schöneberg

I came to really love my neighborhood, along with having fun visiting friends on my program who lived in other districts spread throughout Berlin.

Matthew Bodwell (’18) on his Fall semester in Freiburg

I was privileged to spend the fall 2016 semester of my junior year studying abroad in Freiburg, Germany, completing the IES Freiburg Language and Area Studies program. While I had many wonderful experiences, I will share five of my favorite memories during my time in Freiburg, in no particular order.

Matthew Johnson (’18) on being the only Bates student in Austria

Austria was a fairy-tale dream, and I do not exaggerate when I say my time in Vienna was the best time of my life. I encountered so many wonderful and meaningful people who have completely changed the way I perceive the world.

Greg Fitzgerald (’17) on a May evening in Berlin

While abroad in Berlin during my junior year, I met a plethora of fascinating people, learned so much about Germany’s history and culture, and made some of my favorite memories to date.

Praneet Kang (’17) on the 2015 FSA in Berlin

Going abroad on FSA can be amazing in the sense that you always have people to fall back on; that piece of Bates that brings comfort with you when you are thrown into a place that is not yours. To optimize the experience, you must get over the fear of traveling alone or doing things that you would have never tried otherwise.

Holly Bushman (’16) on the 2015 FSA in Berlin

The magic of Berlin, and the magic of the FSA, was equally serendipitous. . . .  I’m incredibly grateful to the FSA faculty for pushing me to see the world differently, and I’ll be making my way back to Berlin for the rest of my life.

Eric Adamson (’15) on his experiences in Freiburg, Germany

Riding the Straßenbahn (streetcar) to the end of each line, exploring the edges and different neighborhoods of Freiburg. . . Drinking Glühwein at the Christmas Market on a cold day between classes . . . Grilling on the balcony of my dorm with my roommates . . .

Ashley Braunthal (’15) about learning German at Bates and beyond

When it came time to decide whether to go abroad and to where, it was a no-brainer. I adjusted my schedule for my geology major in order to ensure I could study abroad and gain fluency in German. . . . When I got back to Bates the following school year I was so fond of the department and abroad experience that I decided to switch my German minor to a major.

Jackson Emanuel (’15) on learning Russian

Of all the enjoyable courses I took at Bates, Russian was my favorite. Although I didn’t begin Russian until senior year, it remains a defining aspect of my time at Bates and one of the things I miss most about college. . . .  The Russian program at Bates is truly a hidden gem that I wish more students knew about.

Mark Andrews (’09) on travel and study in Russia

Russia has really been one big wonderful surprise. I had this image of Moscow as a big industrial and very stark city and the people as more standoffish and cold. Both preconceptions were completely false. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the city is, and how warm and fun the people are. …I have never felt more welcome anywhere in my life.

Sarah Rorimer (’03) on teaching English in Russia

After an excellent semester of studying Russian language, culture, arts and history with Professor Costlow and Professor James Parakilas, I came back to Bates and signed up as a Russian Studies major.