I have some exciting news to share! Thanks to the Global Engagement Fellowship, I will be continuing my studies next semester at Universität Heidelberg, Germany. A lot of work has gone into preparing for next semester, beginning when I arrived at OU in the fall. In the interest of documenting my entire study abroad experience, below are some of the notable questions and processes I have gone through this Fall.
Why Heidelberg? As a B.S./M.S. student, my major requires that I take at least one upper-division mathematics credit while studying abroad. This limited my options considerably, as I needed the course to be taught in English. German universities are currently some of the leading locations for mathematics study, which made studying in Germany a good option. Just as importantly, I am studying abroad primarily to be immersed in a country, culture, and language. If studied in another English-speaking country, I would be missing out on the main reason I wanted to travel in the first place. To that end, I began taking German this past semester. Since then, I am convinced I made the right choice. I love the language and the culture and can’t wait to be immersed in it!
What next? After I decided on a location, I had several meetings with various OU advisors to confirm course equation, graduation requirements, and financial requirements to clear me to study abroad. I submitted the Study Abroad Office application for Heidelberg and was accepted into the program. There was a pre-departure meeting, meetings with the other students traveling to Heidelberg, and a last meeting with my study abroad advisor. Finally, I submitted my official application to Heidelberg, with a recommendation letter from OU. Now, I am waiting to receive my acceptance letter from Heidelberg and then will purchase my ticket.
It has been a whirlwind of preparations and planning, but I am so excited for what’s in store!