Astrology is a Science? | Mistranslation Monday

As you probably already know, last week was my first week of graduate school in Germany. One of the courses that I have to take as a part of my Master’s program is called Philosophy of Science. View from the back of the lecture hall All graduate students at the university have to take this course, which means it is held in a large lecture hall with approximately 200 students attending the each week. What is most interesting about this course, however, is that it is held in English. On the first day of class, the professor was discussing the Continue Reading

My First Week of Grad School in Germany

It’s official: I made it through my first week of grad school in Germany! So, I figured it now it is the perfect time to give you my first impression on how it will be to study in Germany. No, I am not going to grad school in the mountains (unfortunately). To help organize my thoughts after this whirl-wind week, let’s look at each of the parts of student life: Classes For my Master’s program, I have to take 6 classes each semester for 3 semesters. Then, my fourth semester is dedicated to writing a Master’s thesis. In general, the Continue Reading

Car Gram | Mistranslation Monday

A few weeks ago, the German boyfriend and I went to his biannual family reunion in the Austrian Alps. This reunion was quite different than when I went two years ago, mainly because of how much my German has improved over the past two years. So, unlike last time, Marco’s cousins no longer spoke English to me, and I was able to keep up with the Swabisch dialect begin thrown around pretty well. One of the only times English was spoken the entire weekend was when we were testing Marco’s youngest cousin, Dominik, on how well he could speak English. Continue Reading

Do German Universities Charge Tuition to Foreigners?

This past week, I have been seeing articles like this about how Germany has abolished tuition fees be shared all over the Internet. Often, however, these articles are accompanied by comments asking if studying in Germany is also free for foreigners. A nice example of the memes going around on the Internet right now… As an American getting my Master’s in Germany, I can tell you that the answer is yes. But there is a little bit more to it… I got my Bachelor’s in the U.S. I know it is expensive. I have the crushing student debt to prove Continue Reading

The 3 Types of Student Visas in Germany

Germany offers foreigners the opportunity to apply for three different types of student visas: the language course visa, the student application visa, and the student visa. After receiving a student visa last week for my Master’s studies, I have now officially had each of these three types of student visas sometime within the last year. So, since I am now a professional German student visa applicant, I figured I would share some of my knowledge with you. Here are each of the three types of German student visas and how to get them: 1. Language Course Visa The language course visa is Continue Reading

Welcome to Germerica

In case you haven’t noticed already… is now I first created this blog nearly two years ago when I was first preparing to move to Germany, and at that time, I was more than happy to be known as “the American.” Now that I have been living, working, and studying in Germany for over a year, however, I have realized that I do not want to be branded with this label by all of my friends, classmates, and coworkers. And as someone that studies digital media and works in marketing, my blog does tend to come up in conversations every Continue Reading