USC student Brittney Pilcher studying overseas at Hochschule Fulda in Germany
My name’s Brittney and I did a semester overseas studying Social Work at Hochschule Fulda.
Fulda is a cute little town in the centre of Germany with cobble-stone roads, bakeries and bars on every corner. I was part of the ‘International Course in Social Work’ where I learnt about the history, social welfare systems of Germany, and how to speak Deutsch. As part of this course, there is an internship at a local organisation and excursion to Berlin where you spend four days walking around one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Germany with your new best friends!
What I learnt off-campus was just as important as what I learnt on-campus. Living in student accommodation for the first time was an experience of its own. The student accommodation is basic, but once you meet your flatmates and the other international students living there, you don’t want to be anywhere else. Another amazing advantage of studying at Fulda is that our student ID gives us free public transport in the state of Hessen, so after class and on weekends we would explore the surrounding cities.
I arrived in the beginning of Autumn after doing a Kontiki tour and visiting a friend in Norway (who did a semester abroad at USC in 2017). The autumn season was beautiful and leaves would turn orange. In addition, when it’s warm and sunny, it’s perfect to exploring the area. We were also lucky to experience a ‘real’ winter too as it snowed a few times! My favourite thing about winter was the Christmas markets, they were so beautiful and something to look forward to.
If you’re thinking about studying overseas you definitely should, this is a once in a life time experience and “in the end you will only regret the chances you didn’t take…”