Student Stories

Duke Undergrads Exhibit Documentary Photographs in Berlin

Friday, August 5, 2016
Wenqin Wang in front of her photographs at the exhibition opening at tête.  Photograph by Susanne Freytag (detail). In late June, during the final week of the Duke-in-Berlin summer program, students, faculty, and local Berliners spilled out onto the sidewalk outside of the gallery tête... Read More »

Devyn Gortner (Trinity '16)

Friday, May 15, 2015
"One the biggest reasons I came to Duke for my undergraduate education was due to the wonderful reputation of the Duke in Berlin program. Berlin was where I found my niche – the people I met and the other students I shared the experience with became some of my greatest friends. However cliché ... Read More »

Eileen Lin (Trinity '16)

Friday, May 15, 2015
"I was part of the Duke in Berlin Fall semester program last year. It was one of the best decisions I made during my Duke career. Berlin is a vibrant city that has a rich culinary culture as well as a hipster art and music scene. My foot steps across the city accumulated moments of fond and... Read More »

Liaowang (Zoey) Zou (Trinity '17)

Thursday, May 14, 2015
"I did Duke in Berlin Spring program in my sophomore spring. Berlin is an amazing city. It is not like any other city in Germany. It's a blend of the old and the young, of politic and art, of profundity and vibrancy. I am so glad that I could spend 7 months in Berlin. Every bit of it was absolutely... Read More »

Sean Li (Duke in Berlin / US Embassy in Berlin)

Thursday, May 1, 2014
"My name is Sean Li, I'm I major in political science with an international relations concentration and German studies. Going to Berlin was probably the best decision I made as a freshman. My first time in Germany's capital was with the Duke-in-Berlin Summer Program, and I fell... Read More »

Sophie Greene (Duke in Berlin/Senior Thesis)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
"At Duke I was a German Literature and Culture and a Classical Civilization major. I chose to study German because I already had some German under my belt and I had heard from upperclassmen that the department taught well. I enjoyed German so much that I ended up studying in Berlin for a summer and... Read More »

Josh Stillman (Trinity '12)

Monday, May 14, 2012
"You always hear people say that studying abroad in college was one of the best decisions they ever made – well, in the case of Duke in Berlin, I’m happy to vouch for that claim. I went into the program without knowing any other participants and with a limited knowledge of German culture. Six weeks... Read More »

Rosa Patino (Trinity '12)

Monday, May 14, 2012
"I was fortunate enough to experience the Duke in Berlin Program in both the summer and the fall. Although I had a great time during the summer program, I think the fall program has more to offer. My 4 months in Berlin were well spent. I absolutely loved learning about the architecture in Berlin... Read More »

Andrew Rohm (Pratt '12)

Monday, May 14, 2012
"I'm an Electrical and Computer Engineering and German double-major. I thoroughly enjoyed the Spring semester engineering program in Berlin. As part of the semester, we enjoyed the continued hospitality of host families and numerous opportunities for cultural immersion. Between the experience of... Read More »

Ashly Solano (Duke in Berlin, Duke German Club, Duke-Schondorf Exchange)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
"Why German? I have been asked that question countless times since I decided to major in German. I have never really had a good answer until now. My name is Ashly, I am a first generation college student from San Diego with a passion for international affairs, human rights, and language. I chose to... Read More »

Chris Lee (Trinity '10)

Friday, May 14, 2010
"I was a first-semester senior and sociology major when I studied abroad in Berlin during the spring of 2010. I didn't know what to expect going into it. I was pleasantly surprised – the city is unique and has so much to offer. Outside of the classroom, we as a program did so much – from seeing the... Read More »

Nick Bobrinskoy (Pratt '10)

Friday, May 14, 2010
"Enrolling in the Duke in Berlin program was easily one of the best decisions I made at Duke. The recent history molded by the Third Reich and Soviet Union makes Berlin unlike any other city in the world. It really is an amazing, culturally rich place. The professors were outstanding and most of my... Read More »

Eric Mansfield


Democracy Building: The Reichstag Post-1991 Eric studied Mechanical Engineering and German at Duke and his Berlin Project focused on the rebirth of the Reichstag Building in the 1990s and how the 3 architects (Foster, Calatrava, & De Brujin) proposed to transform the Reichstag into a symbol... Read More »

Margo Hoyler


Strangeness of Self in a Strangeland: Turkish Youth Identity in Berlin Margo studied Cultural Anthropology and was an Angier B. Duke Scholar while at Duke. Her Berlin Project focused on interviewing Turkish-German youths, family members, and teachers in order to study identity shifts that occur... Read More »

Russell Posner


Class Prediction Models for Chemical Therapeutics Russell was a Mathematics and Chemistry Major at Duke and his Berlin Project focused on using clinical pharmaceutical data to determine the effects of a pharmaceutical drug before it is administered to a patient. Russell worked with his... Read More »

Slava Petrova


The Development of Post-Reunification Right-Wing Extremism in Germany: Causes, Facts, Results While at Duke, Slava majored in Political Science and minored in German. She worked with her advisors, Dr. Herbert Kitschelt and Dr. Peter McIsaac to examine the phenomenon of the rise in support for... Read More »

Ruthie Tucker


The Effects of Historical and Political Education on German Youth Identification Ruthie studied International Comparative literature and received certificates in Latin American Studies and Ethics during her years at Duke. But her Berlin Project focused on how the history of the GDR (East Germany... Read More »

Allison Kenney


Generation Y in Germany: How Turkish Youth in Kreuzberg are Facing the Future Allison, a Public Policy Studies Major, worked with Dr. Claudia Koonz to develop an anthropological study of Berlin’s Kreuzberg district (a self-named ghetto with a high population of Muslim families). Allison first... Read More »