- Berlin, Germany
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
- The Dickinson program in Bremen, Germany is open to Dickinson and other U.S. college and university students. Students may spend a full academic year or the spring semester studying in Germany. All participants first take part in a pre-semester orientation and complete a four-week, one-credit, intensive language course. For academic-year participants, this gives students the freedom to brush up on their German language skills in another part of the country before settling in Bremen. Spring semester participants complete their language intensive course in Bremen.
Dickinson's host university in Germany, the University of Bremen, was founded in 1971 and has been a model for German higher education ever since. During a recent German initiative to identify the country's best universities, the media dubbed the University of Bremen the "Marvel on the Weser," and Bremen was named among the top 10 institutions of higher learning in Germany. Hallmarks of a University of Bremen education include interdisciplinary study and research, research-based teaching projects and a pervasive focus on internationalization. Classes are available in a wide range of disciplines, including German language and literature, fine arts, anthropology, business, economics, sociology, science, history, music, political science, cultural studies and religion.
Inquire for more info *Program Fee Includes* • tuition and fees • room and board • pre-departure and on-site orientations • academic excursions The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, passport, visa, immunizations, optional travel, personal expenses, meals and housing during vacations, books or supplies.
- Setting Description:
- Bremen, a harbor town on the Weser River with a population of more than half-a-million people, is Germany's smallest city-state. With a history dating back more than 1,200 years, Bremen is remarkably adept at blending the traditional and the contemporary: "preserve the old, try the new" has long been a Bremen motto. The old city center still is surrounded by earthen ramparts and a moat, although the latter now serves as a public park. The city plays host to a number of industries familiar to Americans, including Airbus, Mercedes-Benz Kraft Foods, and Beck's beer.
Based on 5 Reviews
- You get out what you put in03/30/21
I spent 7 months in Germany, from late January till early August. While the first two months consisted of two relatively low-difficulty German classes, one of which I skipped to start my internship, this time allowed us to explore Bremen and get our feet
wet before classes started in April. Uni Bremen has a large range of classes that you can pretty reliably get into once you email the professor. I took classes on German linguistics, the origin of European identity, and German colonialism in South-west Africa, (now known as Namibia). Uni Bremen also has a very good cafeteria, although the times that it is open are limited, as you can generally only eat lunch there. There are other food places on campus that are open earlier and later. The city itself is extremely easy to navigate on foot, as opposed to many cities in the US, which tend to be very car-centric. There is a great public transportation system that you can access freely with your Symesterticket, and you can even take many of the inter-city trains in Niedersachsen for free. Furthermore, the city of Hamburg is about a 45 minute train ride away, also accessible through the Systemerticket. There is a relatively lively nightlife that you can partake in, as well as various seasonal festivals and activities along the Weser, a river that passes right through the heart of the city. It's also very easy to travel from Bremen via Flixbus or one of the cheap European airlines. I went on personal trips to Munich, Leipzig, Poland, the Netherlands, and Hungary. Additionally, Dickinson organized a week trip to Vienna and Bratislava. The Dickinson in Bremen staff are very helpful and friendly, but one of the important aspects of your experience there, in keeping with the German education philosophy, is that you are very independent. You will have to cook for yourself on the stipend, which will allow you to eat out with some regularity, but unless you want to spend your own money you should expect to shop. Many Uni Bremen courses do not require attendance, which means that doing the schoolwork and studying for your finals is dependent on you as an individual. However, I would strongly recommend going to classes, as all of my professors at Uni Bremen appreciated it. One final thing to know about Germany is that Germans tend to be slow to warm up to people. It may take some time to make friends, but in my experience German friends will stay in contact over the years to come. To sum up, the Dickinson in Bremen program offers you a scaffolding for a very successful and fulfilling study abroad experience, giving you a degree of personal and academic freedom that is rare both at liberal arts schools in the US and in study abroad programs. If you put in the effort, you will have a very very rewarding experience.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Dickinson in Bremen09/29/20
Dickinson's program in Bremen is absolutely excellent. I was there from January 29th to August 12th, and I wish I could have stayed longer. The first month was a bit slow, as the Erasmus students hadn't arrived yet and most people were taking finals,
but Bremen has a lively student social scene throughout both the winter and summer semesters. Aside from that, the 400 euro a month stipend is more than enough to cover food and a fair amount of eating out. Bremen itself is excellent, both with easy access to the German train system, an extensive public transport system, and some truly wonderful scenery both inside and outside of the city. Some of my best memories from study abroad are going to the Weser and watching the sun set over the river while drinking some Becks. The food choices are varied and , and if you're vegan (or even if you aren't) I strongly suggest you try out some of the vegan restaurants in Bremen. While many German exchange programs go to Berlin or Hamburg, I think the choice of Bremen lets you experience a part of Germany that a bit off the beaten track. That said, transport and travel to and from Bremen is easy;0 Dickinson will cover the cost of the semester ticket, which, because of Bremen's unique relationship with Niedersachsen, allows you to travel easily both inside of Bremen and throughout Niedersachsen and to Hamburg. Combined with the Deutsche Bahn, Ryanair and FlixBus, travel around Germany and Europe from Bremen is both cheap and easy in my experience. One thing that the Dickinson in Bremen program does emphasize is independence. You are free to find your own housing, but if you take Dickinson's housing, you will be living in a one-person apartment. It is also up to you to make friends with the German and Erasmus students, though there are some events organized by the university to help with that. While the Dickinson in Bremen staff will help you with things like setting up your schedule, getting insurance, and getting your mensa card, day to day you are encouraged to be independent. Bremen has 12 different Fachbereiche to choose from, each of which is internally diverse. You can even take advanced classes in sciences, assuming you have taken the correct prerequisites at school. Long story short: Dickinson In Bremen offers you a lot of freedom, and it can be a truly wonderful experience if you take the initiative. Other highlights: renting a bike through Swapfiets, a dutch bike rental company, allows you to go out into the picturesque wetlands beyond Bremen near the University. There's also huge festivals along the Weser in the summer, an impressive Christmas market, and of course, the Bremen soccer team, which is a mainstay of the city's social life. Overall, I cannot recommend this program enough.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Good Times in Bremen09/28/20
This program is chock-full of enriching opportunities to make your stay in Bremen worthwhile. There are so many opportunities to immerse yourself within the city and meet the locals, all while improving your German and enhancing your global outlook. From
practicing your German with an assigned "Study Buddy" to living with German students in a shared flat, the Dickinson-in-Bremen program encourages you to actively engage in your abroad experience. You will also get to know your other Dickinson-in-Bremen peers very well, which is fostered by program events and excursions. The Northern German city of Bremen also offers a festival in the fall (known as "Freimarkt"), Christmas markets, and many more fun things to do during your time abroad. If you feel the need to venture out of Bremen, there are many interesting German towns and cities nearby, as well as an airport to take you to a variety of destinations in Europe for a weekend. I would highly recommend this program for any student looking for a personalized abroad experience that truly immerses yourself in the German language and culture.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Dickinson in Bremen09/28/20
While I was only able to spend six weeks (out of the expected six months) in Bremen, those weeks were some of the best of my college experience. I long to go back, not only to Germany, but specifically to Bremen because of my positive experience there.
The program allows the students to arrive several weeks before classes are scheduled to start, which creates the perfect opportunity to get to know the city, take language courses, and participate in other fun events. During my time there, I lived with other German students, which was certainly intimidating, but definitely good for my German practice. I am still in touch with the other students I studied abroad with as well as with my roommates. I can only recommend this program to the utmost level. Not only did my German improve, but I also fell in love with a city and made lasting friendships. Shoutout to the program directors, Ms. Verena Mertz and Dr. Janine Ludwig, for helping make my experience so great!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Excellent Experience07/29/19
The Dickinson in Bremen Program is truly unique in that it encourages its students to be very independent. As a program participant for the full year, I can say I have never been treated so much like an adult in all my life as I was in the program, and
that gave me the opportunity to grow and flourish. We take classes in German with other German students, expected to uphold the same standards as the others. We ourselves must go out of our comfort zones to make German friends, as there are no special events curated by the program to encourage that. If we want to live outside of the provided housing, we must find something in the city on our own, and when we do live in provided housing it is alone, a room amongst the rooms of students from all over the world. We are expected to open and manage our own German bank accounts, register and manage our stay with the Bremen Citizens office, and find our own doctors/health care providers in emergencies. Long story short, Dickinson students are taken from their campus bubble and put into a city setting in which they are most likely completely unfamiliar and told to swim, which I think provides an experience far more valuable than simply taking classes with other Americans and having every aspect of your life organized by the program.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend