For my AMD, I chose to do some research into the Study Abroad programs in Deutschland that the Universität von Michigan offers. Exploring the LSA abroad website, I found that there are three options for Deutschland. The first is an academic Jahr spent in Freiburg. Freiburg is in the German state of Baden-Würtemberg, in the southern part of the Land. However, the program requires 4 semesters of German language instruction. Since I have just begun studying German this year and plan on going abroad my junior year, that requirement disqualifies me from the program in Freiburg.
The next program I read about was the Metropolitan Studies program in Berlin. I visited Berlin over der Sommer, and loved it. However, the program in Berlin is less of a German program and more of a general Kultur program. As a result, it appeals less to me than a course that would allow me to use the German skills that I have been learning.
Lastly, I read about the University Study program in Tübingen. Lasting for a semester, the program is located in the same Stadt that Anna Adler is living in during her semester abroad! In addition, the course requires only 3 semesters of college-level Deutsch, which I will have completed by my junior year. The courses are taught in German, which is certainly intimidating. However, I’m confident that after 3 more semesters of instruction, I will be proficient enough to learn other subjects taught in the language. The time in which I’d take the program is certainly far away, but I look forward to surrounding myself with Deutsche Kultur and Sprache nonetheless.