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Career Development Administrator Travels to Germany on Fulbright

By Lindsey Anderson

Julie Neill

Julie Neill, center, traveled to Germany on a two-week Fulbright program for educators.

Julie Neill of the Kogod Center for Career Development was selected to participate in the prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrators Program in Germany this fall.

On the selective two-week program in October, Neill and 18 other university administrators from across the nation gained an understanding of the German education system and forged connections with German and U.S. professionals.

The group included U.S. career services providers, study abroad directors, academic department heads and more, including other local leaders: George Mason University's School of Management MBA director and a career services director at the University of Baltimore.

The first week of the program included a mix of seminars on modern Germany and its education system, as well as cultural activities, such as meeting a member of the German Parliament and attending a philharmonic orchestra performance.

During the second week, the participants separated into small groups based on their specific career paths. Neill visited two universities: TU-Dortmund and Bucerius Laws School in Hamburg.

At Dortmund, Neill coincidentally met Dr. Walter Grünzweig, Prorector of Academic Affairs, who is collaborating with Dr. Katharina Vester, Acting Director of AU's American Studies program. Nearly everywhere she went, Neill encountered institutional linkages to AU - for example, the Washington Semester Program.

"It was nice to go everywhere and people would say, 'Oh, we know AU,'" Neill said.

While abroad, Neill learned about a myriad of job and educational opportunities—as well as venues for funding them—await AU students wanting to study in Germany.

"I was overwhelmed by the number of awesome opportunities for American students in Germany, whether they're studying German studies or American studies or business," Neill said.

The Humboldt Foundation, which sent representatives to AU's fall Job & Internship Fair, the Fulbright Commission, and the German Academic Exchange Service are some of the organizations that offer students or graduates the opportunity to study, work, or conduct research in Germany. And the German website helps students find the funds to do it.

"There's so many different scholarships and fellowships available for those who want to study in Germany," Neill said.