When I make my case for a year-long rather than a short-term or a one-semester study abroad program, I always tell my students that the year-long program has the great advantage to learn from your mistakes and build on your successes from the first semester during a second semester. As the Open Doors numbers suggest only few students take advantage of that option (0.3 % of US undergraduates, which represents 3% of those that study abroad during their undergraduate years).
I am delighted that during 2017-2018, I have the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and build on my success from my year as Resident Director 2013-2014. It is a great honor to be supporting and challenging (fördern und fordern) another group of those amazing 0.3% of US undergraduate students. We still have room for more students in our program and it is open to students from any US university. Check out our website: Academic Year in Freiburg Program
Naturally, I am also excited to get to spend time with my extended family, to be part of an incredible team in the AYF program, to work with the amazing AYF students, and to conduct more research on study abroad. And yes, we are excited for another season with the SC Freiburg and another World Cup watching marathon in Germany.