Sep 25, 2017

Welcome U.S. Fulbrighters 2017/2018

An excursion to Rüdesheim was part of the orientation meeting for the 2017/2018 U.S. Fulbright grantees.

From September 18 – 20, 2017 the Fulbright Commission convened 70 U.S. Fulbright students, doctoral fellows and 5 aspiring U.S. journalists in Marburg (Hesse) to familiarize them with the German way of life, our higher education system, and the important bureaucratic matters to be tackled before the Fulbright year in Germany can begin. The Fulbright grantees will pursue individual study and research which represent a wide variety of disciplines from Agriculture to Dance, from Engineering to Literature, Music and Theology. Several grantees brought their families to Germany, others had just completed a 6-week Fulbright-sponsored German language course at Marburg University.

The closing dinner in the Kurfürstensaal of the Landgrafenschloss, perched up on Marburg's Castle Hill, offered the U.S. Fulbrighters rich networking opportunities, and a fantastic panoramic view of the Marburg region. They were given a warm welcome from Professor Dr. Michael Bölker, Marburg University's Vice President for Research, Young Academics and International Affairs and were joined by German alumni of the Fulbright program.

From Marburg, the grantees continued on to their German host universities in all directions, such as Greifswald and Konstanz, Duisburg and Berlin. We wish the 2017-18 Fulbright students and journalists a promising start to their grant year and much success for their academic projects.

U.S. Fulbright Students listening to Professor Bölker's opening speech in the Kurfürstensaal of Landgrafenschloss Marburg

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