Claire Yocom

Seton Hall University
Freiburg - Language & Area Studies

Hey I am Claire, and I am from Des Moines, Iowa. I am studying International Relations, Russian, and German. I am a Midwestern girl who loves to travel, and I can’t wait to see what adventures are ahead this semester.

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August 13, 2017

Well, it has been officially one week since arriving back in the USA. I would not say has been a super easy adjustment back to the USA after my semester abroad. We were warned by IES Abroad that many of us would experience culture shock coming back.

July 17, 2017

Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted in awhile I have been busy with family visiting. About a week and a half ago my mom and two sisters came to visit me in Germany. We had the chance to catch up a bit after not seeing them since the beginning of February when I left to study abroad.

June 25, 2017

The IES Abroad semester is officially finished. I have written multiple papers, learned a lot of new German, and met some amazing people who were part of my program.

June 25, 2017

Ever since arriving in Germany I knew that Germans loved opening their window all the time for fresh air or "frisches Luft".

June 18, 2017

This weekend was a fun-filled weekend serving as a break from all the studying that I have been doing. My term papers and exams are this week, and the last week or two I have spent a lot of time writing papers and studying and did not have much time for fun stuff and traveling.

May 29, 2017

This past week I participated in an optional IES Abroad trip to Italy, which was a tour through a few cities in Italy.  We visited Venice, Verona, and Padua, all cities in northern Italy.

May 21, 2017

I have not only been taking classes and traveling during my time abroad in Freiburg. I have also received an internship and will be doing working there for the next few months that I am here in Freiburg.

May 12, 2017

German Universities or Uni as the Germans call it are in full swing now and have been since the last week in April. As part of my IES Abroad program, we have the opportunity to take part in a university course, along with our IES Abroad courses.

May 5, 2017

Study abroad programs often get the reputation that you just have a semester of partying and traveling. That is absolutely not true, and there is actually a large amount of studying involved.  I am not saying that studying is all you do.

April 24, 2017



I have been in Germany for a few months so far and have had the opportunity to travel a bit and I have definitely discovered some favorite foods. Here is a list of my favorite foods that I have tried and foods I definitely recommend you try.


April 22, 2017

This past week we had a week long break for Easter. In Germany students typically get breaks for Christian holidays due to the high number of Christians in Germany. I took advantage of this break to do some much-needed travel.

April 9, 2017

Student housing is quite different here in Germany but I definitely love it. There are some major differences between student housing in Germany and in the USA. Here is a short list of some of the major differences between the two.

March 27, 2017

I have officially been in Freiburg with IES Abroad for over a month, and I can’t believe that it has been this long. The time is going so fast.

March 17, 2017

This past week we had our first days off, and I took advantage of it and did a little travel. I have not ventured out too far from Freiburg, but I have other weekends and vacation days for that.

March 10, 2017

Orientation just finished and it was not all ice breakers and learning about the program and the semester ahead. I have now been in Freiburg for a little over two weeks, and am loving it so far.

March 2, 2017

This post is a bit late but I have arrived in Freiburg, and the program has officially began. As for arrival into Freiburg I had to take a train from the Frankfurt airport, due to Freiburg not having their own airport.

January 30, 2017


I am officially less than a month away from the official program start date and the excitement is building.