What I Did in Berlin

Current Berlin Student Ambassadors

Michael Lu (Electrical Engineering) - Spring 2016-17

Berlin was indeed quite the epitome of diversity. From each district boasting its own unique feature-- Neukölln as the immigrant hub, Dahlem as the wealthy suburbs, Kreuzberg as the party go-to-- to Asian restaurants and Turkish döner stands lining the streets, Berlin was everything I imagined and more.

Robin Willscheidt (Political Science) - Spring 2016-17

Berlin is both a political and artistic hotspot, so I often had the opportunity to practically explore my fields. There was always something going on that I wanted to see.

Pablo Adalpe (Mathematical and Computational Science) - Winter 2016-17

Since the course selection in Berlin is limited compared to the dizzying expanse of ExploreCourses, it's a great chance to dive into topics which may not otherwise dominate your schedule and to discuss them with classmates from a wide range of backgrounds.

Past Berlin Student Ambassadors

Peter Satterthwaite (Electrical Engineering) - Autumn 2015-16

I was interested in learning German because my grandfather was a German speaker from Switzerland and I wanted to learn the language. I was also interested in living and working abroad for a longer time period, an opportunity which was provided by the Krupp Internship Program.

Gaby Steiner (Human Biology) - Winter 2015-16

I applied Second Round on a whim initially because I needed a change of pace and saw the opportunity to stay abroad longer (due to Krupp).

Ishan Somshekar (Symbolic Systems) - Winter 2014-15

I began learning German almost two years ago because I had always been fascinated by German culture. I’d always wanted to study abroad during my Stanford career and realized that Germany and Berlin were the perfect fit for me.

Nick Freybler (Electrical Engineering) - Spring 2013-14

I took a break from my Engineering major to explore the arts and culture, something that is easily forgotten back at campus. Courses abroad are significantly different than courses at Stanford; there is a certain special “something” that I cannot put into words about them.

Stephen (Mac) Goodspeed (Symbolic Systems) - Winter & Spring 2014-15

Life in Berlin has a reputation for being, above all else, a journey. It was time for my narrative to take on new meanings, and Berlin seemed to offer the most mind-expanding opportunities, in terms of its radical, evocative, and hyper-intellectual nature. I wanted to be overwhelmed with a new sense of the world.