My Year Abroad: Victoria McGowan in Germany

Undergraduate Victoria McGowan (Law with German Law) summarises her year abroad experience...

'I spent my year abroad studying Law at the University of Konstanz in southern Germany. Whilst adjusting to studying Law in German was hard, living with four German students in a WG (a student flat) gave me plenty of opportunity to practice.

We were required to pass some exams and write a piece of coursework during our time there which, although challenging, was made easier by the leniency which writing ‘Erasmus student’ on the paper brings!

Despite this German semesters are much more relaxed than intense Oxford terms which gave me plenty of opportunities to explore Germany and neighbouring countries further.

Memorable trips included going to Oktoberfest, Prague and Salzburg and Vienna. I also made it north to Berlin, although southern Germany is so beautiful there was plenty to occupy me closer to home! Konstanz, located on the shore of the largest lake in Germany, is particularly beautiful during the summer.

Taking exams in the winter semester meant that I was basically free to spend the summer semester rowing on/swimming in/sitting by the lake. It was certainly very different to Oxford, but being somewhere so beautiful made leaving Oxford for a year somewhat easier!'