Location: Oldenburg, Germany
Language of Instruction: German
History Year Abroad Student Views
- In terms of developing my history skills, I have become more confident using a range of sources such as photographs and films. I have also made use of the local archives for many of my modules whilst in Germany which is something that I often do not take advantage of at Warwick.
- There were many sports classes which I took advantage of as they were completely free. These ranged from aqua-aerobics to Quidditch. My friend and I took part in Quidditch during the summer semester as a way to practice our German in a relaxed environment with native speakers.
- I travelled widely, taking part in many of the trips organised by the International Student Office at Oldenburg (destinations included Dresden, Prague, Berlin and Stralsund).
- I think that my improved German skills will definitely be useful in the workplace, especially in international firms, and will allow me to possibly work in Germany in the future.
- What surprised me was how quickly I was able to make friends and feel really at home and comfortable in Oldenburg, and I do feel that I was accepted as a kind of quasi-citizen rather than as a foreigner or outsider.
- I often struggled with group discussion because it was in German which severely restricted how well I could communicate my thoughts (I will never feel intimidated contributing in a seminar at Warwick ever again!).
In my first semester I chose a history module about Germany’s attempts at ‘coming to terms with the past’ following the Second World War. I found the module really fascinating, not only for the variety of perspectives and topics discussed, but also because it offered the chance to consider a very controversial part of Germany’s history from an authentic German perspective. . .I was genuinely impressive with the way students in my class talked about the Nazi era with objectivity and by their ability to describe personal anecdotes relating to how their families had been affected.
Throughout the year, I was very active in the International Student Society at the university, attending dinners, karaoke nights, and going on a few of the trips. I really enjoyed being a part of the international community and there was always a lot of social events to keep everyone busy. I also attended exercise classes and tried two new types of dance: Burlesque and Bachata (a type of dancing from the Dominican Republic).
During the two-month break after the first semester, I went travelling around the Balkans and to the Baltic countries for 6 weeks which was amazing. These areas of Europe tend to be over-looked by travelling students and they have so much to offer culturally and historically.
Please note that not all institutions are available each year, and places will be allocated on a competitive basis. Partnerships may be added or withdrawn at any time, and are always subject to availability. The institutions available each year will be posted in the preceding Autumn Term.
Year Abroad Contacts:
Professor Tim Lockley
Director of Study Abroad Programmes
Mrs Val Melling
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 22502
HistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk