Several weeks ago I applied for a scholarship through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service – trust me, the acronym makes sense in German) to study journalism in Berlin at the Freie Universität this summer. Well guess what?
I GOT IT!!!
I was so excited, I was literally crying when I found out. DAAD scholarships are extremely competitive – I’d applied for a different one before and didn’t get it – and this particular stipend is offered to only 10 students in the U.S. and Canada (although 5 more are selected to participate in the program without the stipend). I will spend 6 weeks taking journalism classes with other students at one of Germany’s most prestigious universities, then 5 weeks doing an internship with a German news organization. In addition, I’ll be getting a 650-euro monthly stipend to help cover the costs of living. How cool is that? If you want more info on the program I’ll be doing, check out this link.
I’m super excited to be going back to this city only six months after I came home. I just bought plane tickets and will be flying out June 2, staying for 88 days (because after 90 days you need a visa, and it’s way more expensive to fly on Aug. 31 than Aug. 29!), then finishing up my last year as an undergrad at PLU.
I doubt I’ll have as much free time to travel and experience the city as I did during my semester abroad with IES, but I’ll have some 12 days at the end of this trip again to travel, and I’m hoping to make at least a few weekend trips to various cities to make the most of my time in Europe again. I’ll be sure to keep this blog updated on what I’m up to!