Thirteen IES Abroad Berlin students attended the annual Thanksgiving dinner of the Fulbright Commission in Germany last week. Students met and spoke with the Fulbright Commission’s General Secretary, Dr. Klaus Hoffmann, as well as the newly-confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Philip D. Murphy, who was the evening’s Guest of Honor. (Pictured at right with IES Abroad students.)
IES Abroad Berlin student Andrea Rodriguez (University of Minnesota) said the opportunity to speak (in German!) with Ambassador Murphy was the highlight of her evening. The Thanksgiving festivities and conversation inspired many students to think beyond the delicious meal. Alison Nordin (George Washington University) said, “The evening gave me a chance to think about my options for Fulbright in the future and get to know some of the people who may play a role in furthering my education!”
Students also had a chance to meet current Fulbright grantees, among them three IES Abroad Berlin alumni who are now in Berlin on Fulbright scholarships. IES Abroad Berlin regularly counts its alumni among Fulbright recipients. Since 1995, 95 IES Abroad Berlin students have gone on to receive Fulbright Scholarships.