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Bonn, Germany New Europe Study Abroad Program (LMU)

A study abroad program in Bonn, Germany for Study of Loyola Marymount University.

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Studying Abroad in Bonn!

  • Feb 22, 2010
In the winter of 2007, January to be exact, I hopped on a plane at LAX and flew to Bonn, Germany. I had known for a few months what I was doing, but it really didn’t hit me until the plane I was on started its descent to the Bonn/Cologne Airport. I looked out the window, looked down at the little German towns below and realized this would be my home for the next four and a half months.  I was a little nervous, but I was super excited. I had been to Europe before, even backpacked around Europe for a month the summer before, but this was going to be a little different. I would be living there with a host family, immersed in the German culture and traveling every weekend.
New Europe Program
The New Europe Program is a study abroad program set up between Loyola Marymount University and the Akademie für Internationale Bildung (The Academy for International Learning) or as everyone calls it the AIB. The program is meant for college students with majors across the board; Business, History, Communication, etc. to study their major while in Bonn. The New Europe Program brings students not only to Bonn, Germany, but to various cities and countries throughout Europe such as Berlin, Paris, and Prague on excursions. Student will take classes with top German Professors and all classes are taught in English. Students also get to meet with representatives from multiple companies and organization around Europe to learn about the Europe, European industries and European people.
What to Expect
  • Living - When you get to Bonn, you are set up with a host family to live with. There is an option to live on your own in a flat, but I highly recommend living with a host family. Not only did I get the “homey” feel while I was there, I learned a lot about the German people by living with a host family. The host families are extremely nice and love hosting students. Everything you’ll need in a house setting is there. I had my own room and bathroom, but some of the other student said they had their own floors to the house.  I was able to practice my German with my host family and made great friends through the process. I am still in contact with my host family and plan on visiting them again soon.
  • Transportation - Every student gets a Metro Pass which allows you to travel anywhere in the Bonn area on buses, trains, and the U-Bahn (subway).
  • Food – When living with the host family they are supposed to provide you with 2 meals a day. For me I usually ate breakfast and dinner at the house and would eat lunch while out in the city during the day. I never felt like there wasn’t enough food or I wasn’t allowed to eat something. Their house was my house while I was there.
  • Communication – The AIB allows student to rent cell phones while living in Bonn. This cuts down on high phone rates and gives you a local cell phone number. The AIB also has a computer lab with high speed internet and printers.
Living in Bonn was amazing. The people are very friendly, the town is full of pubs and cafes, and the nightlife is pretty good. Bonn is known as a “university town” so most of the restaurants are cheap and don’t expect tips. I moved to Bonn is the winter time so the majority of my time there was spent inside, but once Spring came and the leaves grew back, the indoor cafes turned into outdoor cafes and all the beer gardens opened up. Bonn has everything you’d need in a city with the old European feel. Bonn is also centrally located in Europe which allowed for easy travel throughout Europe.
I could give tons of recommendations but I was able to narrow it down to 3 important ones.
  • Immerse yourself in the entire experience - Live in the culture of the German people. By this I mean, go to clubs and beer gardens, hang out with your host family and the employees at the AIB, go to Soccer games. You will truly look back at you time and think it was great.
  • Travel as much as possible – While I was living in Germany I traveled to 12 different countries and cannot even count how many cities, towns and villages I was in. You will never forget the places you’ve been. I can truly say I don’t regret not going somewhere, because I feel like I went everywhere.
  • Keep Busy – One thing that kept me away from homesickness and culture shock was by keeping busy. I made sure I was always doing something no only because I wanted to have fun, but because I knew I wanted to return home looking back on my experience and say it was the best.
I highly recommend being a part of the Bonn Study Abroad Program though LMU. It was truly a great experience that I will never forget.
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July 30, 2010
This is a really thorough and detailed review. Thanks!
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Quick Tip by . March 26, 2010
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An amazing time in my life full or memories I will never forget!
Quick Tip by . February 22, 2010
This was probably my greatest time while in college. I will always remember studying abroad in Bonn!
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The New Europe Program is LMU’s largest and longest-running study abroad program. The NEP provides students with the opportunity to experience all of Europe and engage in a new culture and travel while attending classes at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung.  The AIB has run LMU’s Germany study abroad programs for more than fifteen years.


Students of all majors are eligible to participate as the program offers a wide range of core courses and upper-division major courses in many disciplines (e.g., business, communication, liberal arts, etc.). Courses are taught in English. The course selection in this program is designed to meet core curriculum and upper-division major requirements. Credits/units are recorded on LMU transcripts; it is as if students are studying at LMU except that they are at its European campus. A German language and culture course is required of all students to assist students in communicating effectively during their stay.

NEP students gain a panoramic view of the alliance of nations known as the European Union -- an association of 27 countries and over 490 million citizens. Students progress in their major and core curriculum while experiencing a country that is synonymous with intellectual, scientific, and cultural achievement. The study of German and European-specific methods (e.g., by visiting European companies, institutions, museums, etc.) allows students to understand and increase their interest in some of the ...

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