Joint MA in Intercultural German Studies

Anne-Kristin Buhl

Where and what did you study before you came to Germanic and Slavic Studies at University of Waterloo?

I studied at the University of Trier and finished my B.A. in German Studies and German as a foreign language in 2014.

What are your interests in German Studies?

My main field of interests lie in language acquisition, bilingualism and basically everything that involves learning and teaching languages.

Why did you choose University of Waterloo?

During my Bachelor degree studies I have spent 4 months in Canada for an internship at the Goethe - Institut Ottawa and instantly loved the country. When I came back to Germany and after finishing my Bachelor’s it was totally clear to me that I wanted to go abroad for my Master’s again. Therefore I was looking for programs at different universities that included studying at a partner university in Canada – and luckily the University of Mannheim offers such an amazing joint-degree-program. So I would say that I did not choose Waterloo but Waterloo chose me. And as far as I am concerned I could not have made a better choice since this program has given me the opportunity to really deepen my studies, experiencing new aspects of Canadian culture – academically as well as in everyday life.

Do you already know what you want to write your thesis on?

I have not made up my mind yet but there is a right time for everything I guess. 

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

If I remember correctly I wanted to become either a singer like Britney Spears or a veterinarian because I have always loved dogs.

What is a fun-fact about you?

If my hairdresser asks me about whether my hair colour is natural or dyed I instantly loose trust in the hairdresser.

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