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  • Winner: YTI Essay Competition 2021

    We’d like to congratulate Mr. Vladimir Stosic on winning the YTI Essay Competition 2021! The essay contest was held by the Young Transatlantic Initiative, a non-profit organization that is committed…

  • Frederick Douglass inspired Germans | #BlackHistoryMonth

    Frederick Douglass inspired Germans, and he inspired our team at the German Embassy. Here’s how. Frederick Douglass fled slavery in 1833, and went on to become one of the most…

  • The Bastei: one of Germany’s most Instagrammable places

    If you’re looking for a place with jaw-dropping views, add The Bastei to your bucket list. This rock formation stands 636 feet above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone…

  • Word of the Week: Lebenskunst

    Is your life as beautiful as a painting in an art gallery? Then you have mastered Lebenskunst! Lebenskunst means “the art of living well”. It comes from the words leben…

  • A Survival Guide To Recycling in Germany

    One of the most immediate culture shocks of traveling to Germany, especially if you grew up in the United States, is Germany’s seeming obsession with recycling. Whereas in the U.S.…

  • Word of the Week: Schenkelklopfer

    You may have heard of the word Sparwitz, which describes a joke that isn’t funny. Now, let’s look at a word that describes a joke with a bit more humor: …

  • German vs. American Universities

    Though you can’t avoid the reading or the due dates, studying at a German university can differ in some significant ways from the United States. The obvious differences are that…

  • Gemütlichkeit: how Germans find coziness while home alone.

    The German word Gemütlichkeit describes coziness and belonging. Here are tips to find this feeling while home alone. Over the coming weeks and months, millions of people will face the…

  • Word of the Week: Popometer

    When you’re shopping for a new car, what do you rely on most as your deciding factor? Some people may rely on ratings, reviews or research, but most of us…

  • Meet Jakob Backes, the German Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Participant of the Month for December 2019

    Having recently been named the December 2019 CBYX German Participant of the Month by the U.S. Department of State (click here to read profile), we wanted to learn more about…