Aug 07, 2017
For the third time, the Fulbright Intercultural Communication Program at Georgia Tech offered 20 Bachelor students of German Duale Hochschulen the opportunity to experience U.S. campus life. Classes on intercultural communication, leadership, and entrepreneurship were complemented by cultural activities and company visits (e.g. to Porsche, Siemens, or ThyssenKrupp).
The 2017 class just returned from their three-week program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Participant Chantal Häbig (International Business/Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Lörrach) sums up her experience:
Together with 19 other co-op students from Germany, I have had the precious chance of participating in the three-week Fulbright Intercultural Communication Program at Georgia Tech in Atlanta this summer.
Experiencing the American way of living and university life has been a remarkable and unique possibility. Not only could I deepen my knowledge about this culture, I was also able to broaden my horizon about the Chinese culture by being in class together with students from China. Even living and studying together with so many other German students from all across the country revealed many unknown information about our own country and culture so that I was able to learn about other cultures but also about my own and about myself.
Founding an own startup had an enormous learning effect and helped to understand how businesses work. All other leisure time activities, social projects, company visits and talks to business people we have had during these three weeks helped to widen our minds. It additionally helped to develop and grow not only professionally but also personally. My highlights have definitely been to watch a baseball game, to climb up the Stone Mountain in pouring rain and being rewarded with the most beautiful sunset and the skyline of Atlanta in the distance.
Strangers have become friends, it has become natural to talk in a foreign language and I found that studying can be real fun! Time has gone by way too fast and all that remains to do is to say Thank you!” to the Fulbright Organization and our coordinators who have made this trip an enriching experience which I will never forget.
The call for applications for the 2018 program will be announced this coming fall. For more information on the program, please visit Summer Institute für Studierende an Dualen Hochschulen.
This program is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.