Second Semester

We’re right about in the middle of our summer semester in Munich and the beautiful weather is making it harder and harder to resist going outside! One of our students, Audra White, shares what her semester has been looking like so far:

This semester I’m taking all of the Institute courses that are being offered: Sprachkurs, Theaterkurs and Konversation. I really enjoy the Institute classes because we are constantly improving our German speaking, writing,  and reading skills but we are also able to interact with each other in a very comfortable and casual environment. I am also taking two courses at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in the Amerikanistik Department: Crime & the City and Contemporary Literature. They are both American literature classes in English, and I’m really enjoying having an excuse to read books again on a daily basis!

As far as what I’ve been doing in my free time, spending time outside and traveling is the name of the game! The Englischer Garten (just behind Studentenstadt where we live and reaching all the way to downtown) is always a surefire way to spend some extra time in the sun and people watch. My parents are actually currently visiting, and we spent a beautiful sunny morning exploring the grounds at Schloss Nymphenburg before heading to Zurich, Switzerland for the weekend. We’ve had so many holidays in the summer months and they make for the perfect long weekend trips to any of the many destination cities that are in such close proximity to Munich!

Devon’s Travel: India

One of our students, Devon Streich, was one of the many people who utilized our 10 week break in between semesters here in Munich to travel. Read a little about his amazing experience here:

“For the month of March I traveled within India, with my home base in New Delhi where my great uncle and great aunt live. In the ancient city of Benares, I visited a temple so old it is mentioned in the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures); I saw the ghats where every evening they hold an aarti, which is a prayer and celebration to the Goddess of the Ganges river; and I saw Morari Bapu speak, who is a revered and beloved Hindu holy man.

Then I traveled up to Rishikesh and Haridwar, which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas along the bank of the Ganges some 1000 miles north of Benares. I saw Hindu temples in spades, took part in more aartis, and visited a cave in the hills, in which there is a shrine to a holy man who became enlightened there some 10,000 years ago. The hills themselves bespeak the ancientness of the culture, traditions held unbroken for thousands of years.

Upon returning to New Delhi, I got the opportunity to see the Dalai Lama himself speak in person. I was lucky enough to get an article published in a South Asian news website, which you can read here:


German isn’t always an easy language to learn, but its worth it when you find that word that you just love to use in conversation whenever possible! Here are a few of our students’ favorite German words:

Elizabeth: der Tintenfisch –octupus/squid/calamari

Noa: das Kopierpapier — copy paper

Reed: der Ohrwurm — catchy song (literally translates as “ear worm”!)

Jackie: der Hai — shark

Jessie: der Zwetschgendatschi — plum cake

*BONUS WORD: schmeckerlich — tasty (WARNING: this isn’t a real German word, but Jose created it and we use it with shocking frequency)

Favorite places in Munich

Munich is a beautiful city with lots of things to offer. Whether you’re looking for food, shopping, a cultural experience, or just a nice place to sit and take in the view, you can find it in Munich! We asked a few of our students what their favorite places in Munich are, and here’s what they said:

Noa loves Bazi’s restaurant at Sendlinger Tor, which offers good quality and fast-food style Bavarian food for a good price.

Jessie likes to spend time in the Englischer Garten (pictured above), which is one of the world’s largest urban parks. Especially as we are now well into the spring season here in Munich, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun and watching endless amounts of dogs and bikes just passing through. The mini brahaus, tucked away near Studentenstadt in the Garten, is also well worth a trip.

Jose agrees that the Pinakotheken Museums are definitely worth a visit while in Munich. Those of our students who choose to take Kunstgeschichte (Art History) last semester know how much these museums have to offer. There are five different museums under the Pinakothek umbrella which range in era and style. Alex adds that there is an “indian fast food place by the Pinakotheken has three euro half liter mango lassis if you can handle the yogurt.”

Jackie notes that she always takes visiting friends and family to the Alter Peter church, where you can climb 299 stairs to see a fabulous view of the city.

So long as you continue looking, you will always find that Munich has something new and exciting to offer you.