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Dimitrij Leitenberger’s Semester Abroad at the University of Oklahoma
With a keen interest in American Studies and a strong desire to live the ‘authentic’ American experience, Dimitrij chose to spend his semester abroad at the University of Oklahoma.
On a mission to explore known stereotypes, Dimitrij also used this opportunity to complete the mandatory internship abroad and was asked to work as a tutor for the German department, offering German conversation classes to Oklahoma students.
As a PLA (Peer Learning Assistant), apart from providing conversation practice, he also helped German students at OU with their course assignments and designed study exercises. He was assigned the additional project of designing a brochure for the Language Learning Center which was meant as a student’s guide on ‘how to learn a new language.’ He was given full control over content and design.
The internship has been very helpful for my studies of American culture. I experienced the working environment at an American university and was given the chance to improve my teaching skills. – Dimitrij Leitenberger
“If I were asked to choose three words that would sum up my stay abroad, they would be: adventurous, enriching, and life-changing.”
Karin spent her semester abroad at Illinois State University and certainly doesn’t regret her choice. For her, ISU has been an incredible experience. She made great friends in Normal and learned about US culture through her social contacts and the classes she attended during her stay.
Her experience abroad was enriching on many levels and helped her to become a more independent, confident, and open-minded person. And whether on ISU campus or on her travels to St. Louis, Springfield, or Chicago, which is only two hours north of ISU, she was never left to fend for herself: “Each international student is assigned to a supervisor, who supports you through the semester—no one is left alone and without help.”
During her semester at Birmingham City University, Kathrin invested her time both in gaining work experience abroad mentoring ERASMUS students and in expanding her knowledge in literary studies. She had the chance to gain an insight into courses which were previously not provided at the Paderborn University, such as creative writing, which proved to be a new and exciting but equally educational experience.
Studying in a foreign country gave me the opportunity not only to improve my English skills but also to experience a different culture. Birmingham is a colourful and vivid city with lots of cultural and sports events for students.
– Kathrin Kasperlik