Study Abroad Testimonials
Studying abroad taught me to be more responsible for myself and to find things that make it feel like home when in a new location. Fortunately, I was easily able to feel at home in Vienna. So far, Vienna is the loveliest city I know, and I have been dreaming of my next visit.
There are three main things that make Berlin a remarkable city to live in: access to green spaces, cultural/historical engagement opportunities, and ease of travel. I loved wandering around on foot or bike and discovering hole-in-the-wall places to eat.
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.’
I came to really love my neighborhood, along with having fun visiting friends on my program who lived in other districts spread throughout Berlin.
I was privileged to spend the fall 2016 semester of my junior year studying abroad in Freiburg. One can enjoy both the city life and the great outdoors with ease in the same day – and I soon learned how that made this place so special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.