14 students to study in Leipzig this summer

By Lauren Chemas

Every year, Ohio University students get the opportunity to travel to Leipzig, Germany and attend the University of Leipzig through a partnership between the two universities that has lasted 20 years. 14 students were selected to travel to Germany this summer with the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Amanda Breedlove, a sophomore studying journalism, is excited for the trip saying, “I hope to gain a different perspective of my area of study. I’m excited to work with students at the University of Leipzig that are also studying journalism.”

Last year, Stephanie Gort, a junior strategic communications major, had the opportunity to study in Leipzig and felt like she grew from the experience. She enjoyed the fact that she was able to immerse herself in a brand new culture and recommends this program to everyone.

“The Leipzig trip definitely made me into a more well-rounded journalism student because I was able to experience the journalism world from an international perspective, one I couldn’t have experienced in the classroom,” said Gort.

During their stay in Germany, the students have time to do many things outside of the classroom such as shopping, sightseeing and canoeing in the canals. Kevin Grieves, assistant professor in the journalism school and a director of the Leipzig program, will travel to Germany with the students.  He is fluent in German and familiar with the area of Leipzig. Although most students will not be fluent in German, they will be guided by program directors such as Grieves and will pick up terms along the way that will be useful during their time there.

The partnership between the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the University of Leipzig creates a wonderful opportunity for Ohio University students to build relationships and connect with German students in order to gain a new perspective on journalism and culture.

A panoramic view of Leipzig, GermanyPhoto by Stephanie Gort

A panoramic view of Leipzig, Germany
Photo by Stephanie Gort