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German with a year abroad BA
I started at King’s in September 2009 after being allowed to defer my entry for one year so that I could spend some time working as an Au-pair near Düsseldorf. I chose King’s for various reasons. King’s offers a wide range of modules in German from medieval literature to modern day politics to cinema through the times. The structure of the course allowed me to be able to choose the modules that interested me the most and therefore you can structure your degree to suit your own interests and abilities.
Another factor that compelled me to opt for King’s was the friendly nature of the department. It made me feel comfortable making the transition from A-level student to undergraduate at such a prestigious institution.
My initial impression of King’s being friendly has not changed at all. The lecturers in the German department really make an effort to get to know students, their academic interests, what they would like to do in the future and are always there to help when needed.
A great opportunity as part of studying German at King’s is the year abroad and King’s has great links with universities in Germany and Austria. I spent my year abroad studying in Frankfurt and do not hesitate in calling it the best year of my life so far. Not only were there some interesting module choices on offer but I discovered a new part of Germany, lived in a student flat share with Germans and most importantly for me, made friends for life. I continue to visit Frankfurt now and am considering moving back there sometime in the next few years.
As for my plans after King’s, at the moment I have a few options. I plan to stay in London for the time being and the short term plan is to work. Over the coming summer I’m hoping to work as a tour assistant at Wimbledon where I can use my second language on a daily basis. Beyond the summer I’m looking for jobs where I can use my second language and hope to either find a job in translation or as a German speaking assistant in an international company.
In the long term I’m still considering applying to do a master’s degree in German and Comparative Literature after I’ve spent some time working but whether it be in the UK or Germany, I’m not yet sure. What I can say though is that studying German at King’s has provided me with so many options and there is no doubt that being able to speak another language has boosted my chances for the future.
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