Program at UQ: Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Arts

I am currently undertaking a Bachelor in Law/Arts (double single major French/German) at the University of Queensland. In my Arts degree I quickly realised that the only way to further my proficiency in languages was to completely immerse myself in the language. Hence, I decided to begin the process of studying in Germany, in a beautiful town called Freiburg im Breisgau in the middle of the Black Forest.

During the year here at Freiburg I was able to submerge myself in the German culture and language in a way that never would be possible in Australia. Over the two semesters I have studied several interesting subjects, most of which are unique to Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg.
 
I have also been able to practice my French due to the high standard of French subjects and the high frequency of spoken French in the south of Germany (only an hour away from Strasbourg).
 
Freiburg im Breisgau is a university town and hence very ideal for study abroad, the town has evolved itself to suit student living and hence great restaurants, bars and clubs are all at student prices! It’s a beautiful place to lie on the grass in the sun next to the river Dreisam on a hot summer afternoon and delightful in the winter when the snow falls on the petite Christmas markets, while you’re drinking Gluhwein – a spiced warm wine.
 
I have made so many friends from diverse and interesting backgrounds. I stayed in a “Wohngemeinschaft” an apartment with five other German students. During the year I became incredibly close with my room mates and we often had family dinners and shared past-times.
 
This year has been the most delightful yet and exploring Europe on the side during holidays awarded me unforgettable experiences. I highly recommend a UQ Abroad program – there are just too many wonderful opportunities to surpass!
 
 
 
Photo 1 – Me, dressed in a typical south-German Dirndl, hand-made and passed down a generation. I was invited to a friend’s mother’s 50th birthday and the theme was typical German dress – it was held in a beautiful old barn -everyone looked wonderful! The grandmothers had made home-made cakes and salads, typical German music was played and we all had Schnapps!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo 2 - Me, against a part of the remaining Berlin Wall, oppressing millions and fell finally in 1989. This year was the 20th Anniversary of the joining of East and West Germany – Berlin is a humbling historical city.

 

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