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 in love with the city so much that I decided I would return. I subsequently declared a German Studies major and I spent January through August in Germany with the Duke-in-Berlin Spring
Semester program.

That semester, I lived in Berlin-Tiergarten with a great host family, took intensive German language courses, traveled all around Germany as well as to several European countries, and studied at the famous Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science at the Free University in Berlin. My free time involved making German friends, live music, and becoming an expert in German beer. The spring semester program was outstanding overall because it was immersive and helped me become fluent in German, and I doubt I would've been offered an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin if I hadn't participated in this program.

My third extended stay in Berlin was when I spent 14 weeks as the intern at the political section at the American Embassy. I liked it so much there that my goal is now to become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and looking back at my time at Duke, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be where I am now if not for Duke-in-Berlin."