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Alumni Milosch Pavic writes:  "I loved German class, it was one of the best parts of my college experience. It helped me be well rounded and gave me a rich education. I also made some of my best friends from college because it is a small tight-knit community."

Roman Ebert talks about the value of studying abroad. "One of the reasons I chose to study at Iowa was because of the Academic Year in Freiburg program, actually. I liked the idea of study abroad for a full year in order to really become familiar with a foreign language and culture."

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Maggie Fischer, pictured below, has received a Fulbright award to teach in Germany.  

"I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to teach English in Germany next year as a Fulbright ETA. I am passionate about cross-cultural interaction and I can’t wait to represent the U. S. and University of Iowa  Alumni abroad."

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April 2020, Brandon Pahl (BA expected 2020, Honors in German, pictured below) has been accepted to the USTA Program Austria (English Language Teaching Assistantship) for 2020/21. 
"I have been assigned to the town of Spittal in Kärnten. ...  Here's hoping that by the time I go over there, this whole coronavirus business will be over!"

Brandon Pahl (student) pictured in Leipzig

Jack Howard (pictured below) has also been accepted to the USTA Program Austria for 2020/21.

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Cassandra Bertolini (BA expected 2020) has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for 2020/21. 
"While leaving the University this semester is bittersweet, I am very grateful for all I've learned here in the German department and in your courses, and I am very excited for this next step post-graduation."


During his time at the University of Iowa, Lucas translated a chapter on 19th century prohibition of alcohol from Joseph Eiboeck’s work, Die Deutschen von Iowa, together with Glenn Ehrstine. Lucas also participated in the Academic Year in Freiburg program, where he generally had a great experience and massively increased his knowledge and fluency in all language areas. Lucas graduated in 2018 with a BA in German. After graduating, Lucas pursued various things before being hired in June 2020 by John Deere as part of their support team for German-speaking dealers.

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