Since study abroad opportunities can be somewhat limited by the structure of the nursing school, I was excited to get the chance to go to Berlin and Munich as part of the J-term in Germany program in January 2012. Thank you to the generosity of the UVA School of Nursing Alumni Council who helped me have this opportunity through the international scholarship award. The class focused on the culture and history of Germany in modern times.
We spent the first week of our trip in Munich and toured the city with a professor from the University of Munich as well as together as a class and on our own. I went to several museums and the grounds from the 1972 Olympics with other students in the class and we went to the circus as a class. One of the most powerful memories of the trip was our tour of the Dachau concentration camp just outside the city. We took a high-speed train to Berlin where we spend just over a week. We went to museums, saw the Brandenburg Gate and remnants of the Berlin Wall, and toured the Reichstag. In addition to historical sites, we also went to the symphony, an opera, and the ballet. In both cities we had a lot of free time to do research on individual projects of our choice. This trip was an amazing experience and I think studying abroad can add a lot to our education at UVA.