Language & Culture in Germany

Hello, my name is Brodie Hay, I am a fourth year VIU student studying Computer Science as well as a volunteer exchange agent working with the Education Abroad department at VIU.

This year I was lucky enough to go on exchange for the summer semester to Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany. I was able to get a lot of travelling done before my semester started, and I was lucky enough to visit places like Zurich, Budapest, Vienna, and a lot of different German cities!

Something special about my exchange was that even though my school was in Germany, they have select classes taught in English by exchange professors! This means that I actually got to meet students not only from Germany, but all over the world.

During my time as an exchange agent I hope to encourage students to go on exchange to countries where English isn’t the first language, by sharing my experiences with language barriers, cultural differences, and navigating foreign bureaucracy.   I bet you’re on the edge of your seat already!   My goal is to see more exchange students going out of their comfort zone and have the best exchange experience they can have!

- Brodie Hay, 3rd Year in BSc in Computer Science

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