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Class of 2012 German Majors and Minors

Philip Birgenheir

The German program at CUA is one of the best you will find. It will adequately prepare you for countless study abroad experiences, internships, and job opportunities. During my time at CUA, I supplemented my rigid science major by finding the time to get a German minor. The professors are extremely accomodating and the course time of one of the German classes got changed so I could still enroll! In addition, I made two meaningful trips to Germany during the summer. One summer I participated in the Eichstaett summer language course, which was an excellent way to practice German while making plenty of international friends with whom I still communicate in German. Another summer, I received the RISE internship to do biochemistry research at a German institution. I am currently finishing my second year in Teach For America-Phoenix, and I am moving to Vienna to do an English-teaching assistantship through Fulbright. Don’t pass up the chance to make German your second (or third) language!


Philip Birgenheir 

German minor, Tim Schmalz, awarded a 2012/13 Fulbright grant to Salzburg, Austria

For the 2012-2013 academic year, Tim Schmalz (Psychology major and German minor) has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to study Holocaust memory in Salzburg, Austria. While there, he will investigate Austria's sense of responsibility for crimes committed, the history of reconciling fact and emotion, and Salzburg's progress in publicly memorializing events concerning the Holocaust. As a condition of his Grant, Tim will also teach English and American Studies to Austrian high school students.

Tim’s interest in Austria took root during the fall semester 2010 when he was enrolled in GER 220: Vienna in Literature and the Arts. He then spent the spring semester 2011 in Salzburg and during this time made valuable contacts that helped him prepare for his Fulbright application and the research project he will begin post-graduation from CUA.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board of the U.S. Department of States awards the competitive, merit-based Grant to encourage original research and to foster cross-cultural understanding