Monthly Archives: October 2012

Best languages to study: Skip straight to #1!

The British newspaper The Telegraph reports on the best languages to study in order to secure a job in today’s economy:

1. German

Germany remains the largest single export market for British goods outside of the USA, and Europe’s largest economy – with a GDP of more than €2.4 trillion – continues to defy the eurozone downturn. So it’s no surprise that UK companies want to hire employees who know their umlauts from their eszetts.

Read more about the study and see other languages that top the list »»

National French Week 2012

Art Exhibit: Romanesque Journey Nanyoung Kim. October 1- December 5 @ The Scullery, 431 Evans St. Greenville NC.

Cultural Attaché Aurélie Surblé, French Consulate Atlanta. Thursday November 8, 7pm @ The Scullery. “French-American Exchange and Cooperation.”

Diner Français. Thursday November 8, 7pm @ The Scullery. Reservations required. Contact Anne-Hélène Miller.

Flim: L’Artiste. Friday November 9, 7pm in Bate 1031.

Pétanque in the Park. Sunday November 11, 3pm @ Elm Street Park Lawn Games Area (beside gym). Contact Thomas Herron.

French Harpsichord Concert: Maude Gratton. Tuesday November 13, 7pm @ The Music House, 1726 W. 5th St., Greenville NC. Reviewed by CVNC (The Classical Voice of North Carolina).

For general questions, please contact Marylaura Papalas.

German News 10/28/12

We wish you a happy, safe Halloween and hope that the information below is of interest, especially during such rainy weather. With best wishes, Prof. David Smith.

THURSDAY, 1 November
–Lunch Discussion, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Faculty Dining Room (Croatan Building on campus). Please join us to discuss German-American current events over lunch and in English. Questions:

Internship Opportunity
–RISE Internship in Science and Engineering
from “The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce that for summer 2013 we will again offer three internship programs: RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering), RISE professional and RISE worldwide. RISE has established itself as an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. All three programs are targeted to students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology) and related disciplines. RISE undergrads have the opportunity to work on cutting edge research projects at top research institutions (e.g., Max-Planck-Institutes) and universities in Germany. Students are paired with German PhD students in a unique mentoring partnership to ensure immediate integration into hands-on lab work and a built-in social network with an excellent opportunity to develop new technical skills. RISE participants receive a scholarship to cover living expenses. To learn more about RISE, please visit:”
Students with questions about this program may contact Prof. Smith.

–Interesting News Items Collected by the German Consulate in Atlanta (Erfurt, Reformation Day, …)

DAAD search engine for programs of study in Germany

–Tutoring: Jeden Montag von 18.30-21.00 Uhr haben wir einen kostenlosen Tutor (eigentlich eine Tutorin!) im Pirate Tutoring Center. Das Center ist im Zimmer 2300 Old Cafeteria Building.

–Graduate Studies in GERMAN
This week’s spotlight focuses on institutions where your German faculty earned advanced degrees (in no particular order):

The Ohio State University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Cincinnati

University of Ljubljana

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (now offering joint PhD with Duke)

German News 10/23/12

MONDAY, 22 Oct, 6 p.m., BATE 1026
–FILM – Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage [Sophie Scholl: The Final Days]–beginning  at 6 p.m. in BATE 1026.
This highly compelling film tells the true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine. Sophie Scholl
is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical
records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl’s life: a journey from arrest to
interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her
comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a
passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.

WEDNESDAY, 24 Oct, 1-2:30 p.m.
–WIR KOCHEN ZU MITTAG: 1-2:30 p.m., Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.  We will cook lunch with German recipes. Because of space limitations, only regular German Club members and twelve guests can participate. We speak German only. Please send your reservation to, and please honor your time commitment!


–Jeden Montag von 18.30-21.00 Uhr haben wir einen kostenlosen Tutor (eigentlich eine Tutorin!) im Pirate Tutoring Center. Das Center ist im Zimmer 2300 Old Cafeteria Building.


The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a yearlong fellowship to study and intern in Germany, is open to applicants in all career fields, though preference is given to students in vocational, technical, engineering, business, agricultural, and scientific fields.  Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellowship is funded by the US and German governments through a grant provided by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended.

The CBYX program annually provides 75 participants with two months of intensive German language training, a semester of study at German University or University of Applied Sciences, a five-month internship with a German company in the participant’s career field, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Prior German language knowledge is not required, though it is preferred.  Applicants should have clear career goals and some relevant work experience in their career field, which may include summer, part-time, or internship work.  Participants must be between the ages of 18-24, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and be US citizens or permanent residents.

Interested applicants can apply online at  The application deadline for the 2013-2014 program is December 1, 2012.


The Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM for Vocationally Qualified People “Work Immersion Study Program” (WISP) is a summer fellowship program offered exclusively to college students in vocational fields and includes funding for one month of intensive German language study, a two-month internship with a German company, housing, transatlantic airfare, health insurance, and a €300 monthly stipend.

Please note that the eligibility criteria for WISP have changed.  WISP is now open to students in vocational fields who have completed at least 4 semesters of study by the start of the program in June 2013.  Applicants must be enrolled at a US college before and after the program and must have completed at least 1 semester of college-level German by the start of the program.  Participants must be between the ages of 18-27 and be US citizens or permanent residents.

WISP is funded by the Baden-Württemberg STIPENDIUM and is administered by Cultural Vistas in cooperation with the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and their partners.  Interested applicants can find out more and apply online by visiting


The application deadline for both WISP and CBYX is December 1, 2012.  We look forward to receiving applications from your students, and to answering any questions they may have!