If you’ve ever spoken with Dr. Waskie, you’ve probably heard him mention Temple’s study abroad program in Leipzig. This month-long intensive language immersion program is a spectacular experience that I got to have this summer.
The program starts in Berlin with an orientation to Germany. We visited museums, got to explore the city on our own and as a group, and experience the capitol before heading off to Leipzig. While in Berlin, we went to the Museuminsel, an island with popular museums. We saw the remains of the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, the capitol building, and went on a tour of the Bundestag, their parliament.
Three short days later we departed for Leipzig. Having class in Leipzig was unlike any experience I’d had or even thought it would be. Students from all over the country participated in the program, there were about 50 total students. Classes were small and conversational, but there was so much more than just learning in the classroom. We went on trips as a whole group to Eisenach and Dresden.
We went to popular tourist places near Leipzig like the BMW factory and museums. We had evening activities where we could interact with the entire group outside a class setting. During the free time we had (which was more than expected) we could explore the city. While we were there, Leipzig was celebrating 1000 years as a city and a giant festival was going on. We went to restaurants, bakeries, bars, museums, saw public art, shopped, and experienced German culture first hand.
Going to Leipzig was one of the best decisions I made, and I encourage anyone who can to go, no matter how good you think your German is!