Sarah Rheault, a student at the University of Rhode Island, recently received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.
Rheault, who has studied engineering at Technische University in Braunschweig, Germany since September, is enrolled in URI’s five-year International Engineering Program.
“I'm taking four courses: two German language courses and two engineering courses,” Rheault said. “The German courses are a conversation course and an intercultural partnership course, in which each American student gets partnered with a German student and we meet once a week and do things together. As for the engineering courses, one is taught in German, Total Lifecycle Management, and the other is taught in English, Automotive Production.”
Rheault said there are some interesting cultural difference between Germany and America, including applause. In Germany, at the end of long lectures, student will applaud the lecturer. Instead of clapping, though, they will knock their knuckles on the desk.
Rheault, who has improved her German abilities in her time there, is excited for her family to visit at Christmas.