International Summer University 2022 ended

10/08/2022

The participants bid farewell to their German class teacher, Cristina Firminio. Photo: Fulda University

On Friday, 05 August 2022, the International Summer University 2022 officially ended with the closing ceremony.

For four weeks, 40 students from 15 different countries were able to expand their knowledge in seminars such as Business, Sustainability, German Culture and History as well as Intercultural Competence and also improve their German language skills.

In addition to learning, there were also excursions to Berlin, Munich, Würzburg or Point Alpha, for example. Here, the students were able to explore more of Germany and learn about the country's history. Beatriz Pereira from the University of the Algarve names the excursion to Munich as her personal highlight; she was particularly unfamiliar with the mountains from her home country. But Würzburg also convinced her, yet she says herself: "Fulda is my favourite city." Within the last four weeks, Fulda became a new home for the students. "I don't even call our accommodation a hotel any more, but home, because I feel so comfortable in Fulda."

Mariami Otarashvili from the Ivane Javakhishvili State University (partner university) also says: "I love Fulda!" She and Tamar Tabatadze from the Business and Technology University in Tbilisi felt at home from the first minute. The atmosphere of the programme was positive throughout and new friendships were made immediately. Tamar also praised the organization of the programme as well as the lecturers, the German teachers and the tutors. Both can definitely imagine studying in Germany.

For McKenzie Dotson from West Virginia University (partner university), studying here in the future is also not out of question. The best part of the programme for her were the excursions and events where she was able to get to know Germany with other people from all over the world. 

Prof. Dr. Uwe Hunger, the academic director of the programme, praised all the people who were involved in his closing speech and reminisced about the shared experiences of the last four weeks. He said he was already looking forward to the coming years as academic director of the programme.