I am now a German teacher
I had studied German for 8 years before I ever traveled to a German speaking country. I didn? t realize how much I didn?t know about German/Austrian culture (including slang and dialects) until I got to experience it first hand. I spent six months in Klagenfurt. The university has a great atmosphere, there were lots of extra-curricular activities and parties for us to participate in. The dormatories were comfortable and modern, and I had 24 hour computer access to e-mail home. I thought I would miss my car, but the public transportation was more than adequate. I also traveled to Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia and Italy. The ?Deutsch als Fremdsprache teachers were patient and knowledgable. I am now a German teacher myself, and use the DaF teachers as role models. I enjoyed being immersed in German (that?s hard to get at UMKC, because even though we all speak German, we would slip into English far too often). In class, I also got to meet people from all over the world who were also learning German. If you have the chance, come to Klagenfurt !
Stellt Euch vor, welch interessante Gruppe wir sind:
eine mond? blonde Dame aus Russland
ein cooles, temperamentvolles Girl aus Kroatien
eine Globetrotterin aus Ungarn
eine athletische Psychologin aus Tasmanien (mit Wombat)
eine junge Professorin aus Budapest
eine gelehrte Grammatikspezialistin aus Debrezen
ein stilles, aber tiefes Wasser aus der Ukraine
eine weitere sexy Erscheinung aus der Ukraine
unere grande dame aus Bratislava
der fesche junge Herr Wolf aus Slowenien .....und
der neue Nietzsche aus Polen
Und wisst Ihr was ? Wir kommen n?stes Jahr wieder !
Learning - or improving your ability - to speak a foreign language can be an enjoyable and rewarding part of international travel. We definitely discovered this to be true in September 98 when we took a 2-week course in intermediate German at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. We found the small classes, conducted in modern university buildings, fun and stimulating and the teachers helpful and encouraging. We thoroughly enjoyed the other students, who came from a variety of countries. We stayed in the inexpensive youth hostel near the university; rooms were Spartan but clean and comfortable. Klagenfurt is located in a quiet corner of southern Austria, away from the main tourist routes. A city of some 90,000 people, it is next to beautiful lake Woerther, has wonderful walking and bike paths and is surrounded by towering mountains. Summer and fall classes, for beginners through advanced, range from two to eight weeks in length. Our 2-week class cost 6,000 Austrian Schillings (about $545) per person, and our double room, with private bath in the youth hostel for two weeks was 6,640 Schillings ($604) including breakfast.
Sam & Joan MATTHEWS
Tracy - California
For me, Deutsch in Klagen
For me, Deutsch in Klagenfurt was a liftetime experience !
.... not only because of the high standards ensured by the quality of the faculty and the course content, but also because of the serene surroundings ideal for learning a foreign language. Teaching methods are effective with a focus on high degree of self-work supported by interaction between fellow students. Klagenfurt is a special place where I made new friends, thoroughly enjoyed the breathtaking view of the Karawanken ranges, cycled along the picturesque W?er See and spent hours practicing German in a small, laid back city with very friendly people.
.... whether it is to sharpen my German language skills or to combine that with a great time in south of Austria..... I would return to Klagenfurt if I can....
Hi! I came to Klagenfurt last summer (July) for four weeks of intensive German. The purpose was obviously to learn some German, but also to spend four weeks of my vacation doing something interesting. My impression was that the staff knew their business, and that they were serious about what they were doing. Our professor had us do a lot of good stuff. It appeared that she actually had every lesson prepared and I was quite happy with the progress I made in such a short time, part of which was her doing. If you?d like to know more, you need only to ask, preferably in Swedish, but English or French will do also.
I have taken an intensive German class the last two weeks 15.2.99 to 26.2.99. I am from Cedar Falls, IA, the US, and currently I am studying German and Business here at the Klagenfurt Universit?during the spring semester, till the end of June. I have already taken an intensive German class before the spring classes began, it helped a lot to brush up my German. I have studied German for 2 semesters at the University of Northern Iowa, and I would be happy to answer any questions.