Hochschule Fulda: University of Applied Sciences
Last Monday morning we started our classes at Hochschule Fulda. The university campus is about a twenty minute walk or ten minute bus ride away from our hotel. Each day class starts at 8:30 a.m. The first session, taught by Professor Manske, goes until noon and centers around the cultures of the different students attending our class. We had students from Iran, Ukraine, Germany, Mexico and South Korea. It was a unique experience that many of the American students have never had.
After lunch at the university cafeteria, which is affordable and delicious, we have German class until 4 p.m. During this session we learn basic language words and phrases as well as the culture. We are split up into a more advanced class as well as a a beginners class. Last week the advanced class was able to take a field trip to a local beer market and a cafe to practice speaking German. The beginners class will be doing the same thing in the coming week. Overall, the first week of class was a success.
Almost every night we have a planned activity so that we stay entertained. The activities are scheduled by our host university, Hochschule of Fulda. On Monday night we had a salsa dancing lesson. This would be the first of two and we had a great time. It lasted around two hours and took place on campus. The group had a bunch of laughs and will be able to use the moves after one more lesson at a local salsa club.
On Tuesday night we got to experience the German style of cooking. Our group of about 25 was split up into smaller groups of five. We then got the recipes for three different dishes. They included schnitzel (breaded turkey or pork), flammkuchen (type of German pizza) and a Frankfurt green sauce with potatoes. Each student got to keep a copy of the German recipes to make at home. The dishes took about an hour to cook and then we got to taste our work. Everyone seemed to really enjoy eating what they had created.
Tour of Saint Boniface Cathedral
After class on Wednesday we got an hour long tour of the Saint Boniface Cathedral. It was beautiful and we learned how it fit in with Fulda history. Over 1,000 people can attend mass at the Cathedral each week.
Cannes Lions Film Festival
Thursday evening called for the group to dress up and attend the Cannes Lions Film Festival at the university. This event was put on by the business program and was a showing of the award winning Cannes Festival commercials. Commercials were mostly shown in English but were from several various countries. Drinks and appetizers were available during the two intermissions. During this time there was also a live band. Even though there were hundreds of students and faculty at the event, students from our group managed to win two out of the three prizes that were given out.
Building that we attend class in at the University of Hochschule, Fulda
Students hard at work preparing their German meal
Schnitzel and potatoes with a Frankfurt green sauce
Saint Boniface Cathedral
Alex and Nick showing off the prizes that they won at the Cannes Lions Film Festival
The entire group posing for a picture at the Cannes Lions Film Festival