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  • Fernsheturm View

  • Dear Global Education Office, 

    The time I spent in Berlin was absolutley amazing. On the last day in one of my classes, Art and Architecture, we were able to go to the top of the Fernshehturm, in former East Berlin. We were able to see an incredible view of the…

  • Credit: Sydney Smith
  • Major: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Duke in Berlin

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Duke in Berlin was one of the best experiences of my life! Being pre-Med, I worried about being able to study abroad during my college career. This program gave me exactly what I needed and even forced me out of my comfort zone when I was enrolled…

  • Credit: Aidan Haney
  • Major: Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Tags: Berlin, Duke in Berlin, Germany, summer
  • Munich Woman

  • I went to Munich to go to Oktoberfest, but what I didn’t realize is that I was going to Germany, too. Before the trip, I was caught up in planning and coordinating with all my friends who were in town for the weekend. I assumed that I would just be with…

  • Credit: Jaclyn Karasik
  • Tags: Germany
  • La Pizzetta

  • This man was absolutely ridiculous! He was one of the only street artists that my study abroad group and I stopped for while we were in Munich. He was SNL, Colbert, and MadTV wrapped into one. He had a way of capturing his audience with his wit and energy much like…

  • Credit: Sherry Zhang
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Permanence

  • This photograph was taken in the Reichstag, which would be equivalent to the Capitol Building here in America. I really loved this photograph because there is a sense of stillness and permanence in the moment. I was in the mist of German officials who made decision on important legislation. I was…

  • Credit: Sherry Zhang
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • The Window of Opportunity

  • Being abroad was a complete ephemera. At times, I could not believe that I was in a foreign country, much less inside the actual meeting place where German officials discuss and negotiate legislation. This photograph was taken in the Reichstag, which would be equivalent to the Capitol Building here in America.…

  • Credit: Sherry Zhang
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Russian House

  • According to Jorg, our local wacky “historian” teacher, this use to be a Russian house. We passed this piece of architecture on our first weekend excursion to Potsdam. Nowadays, this town would be comparable to a quaint suburban town, but what we learned was that it has a much deeper and…

  • Credit: Sherry Zhang
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Balancing Contrasts

  • “Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.” – Stephenie Meyer

    Being abroad was all about balancing contrasts. There was structure such as classes, apartments, and excursions, but there was also a sense of infinite freedom to explore a bustling city, shop at the local farmers market, and hike…

  • Credit: Sherry Zhang
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Perspective

  • One of my favorite moments in my experience studying abroad was when I hiked up a mountain in southern Germany, to tour a castle.  At the top of the castle there was a balcony over which you could see miles  of German countryside.  I could see so much more of the…

  • Credit: Clarissa Schilstra
  • Tags: Germany
  • Turkish Smiles

  • When I was in Berlin, I saw the tourist sites: I went to the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, the Tiergarten, and plenty of others. I can honestly say, however, that the most rewarding experiences I had involved going to places where I could interact with the locals. This picture was…

  • Credit: Chloe Warnberg
  • Tags: Duke in Berlin, Germany
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain