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Flagler student reflects on study abroad in Germany

Jul 9, 2018
by Jordan Puyear, ‘17

Study abroad is synonymous for heightening students’ cultural awareness, but for Religion and Philosophy major Carie Levy, a foreign exchange program to Würzburg, Germany, proved to be so much more.

Flagler student Carie Levy in Germany for Study Abroad programIt began in the fall of 2016, when she made the trip on the advice of a Flagler professor. In Wurzburg, while focusing on her history and religion studies, she met other students from a variety of different countries, immersed herself in the German culture and did some sightseeing around Germany and other European locations.

“My overall experience in Germany was absolutely incredible,” Levy said. “Europe is an ideal location to study these subjects as I could go visit these historical places and learn about them through experience rather than simply through a textbook.” Before coming to Flagler, Levy was only accustomed to small town living; she had never travelled abroad. “I found this experience, as scary as it was at first, to be extremely liberating,” she said. “I now feel more comfortable doing things on my own because I know that I can do it.”

In the summer of 2017, Levy had the opportunity to go back to Germany to study the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. After graduating this spring, she has now decided to continue her education in Germany and has been accepted directly into the M.A. program in Theology at the University of Würzburg.

“I love to have the ability to easily travel to new places, meet new people, and try new things,” Levy said.

The overseas trips brought pivotal academic and cultural experiences, but they also drastically shaped her personal life. During her most recent trip to Germany, she began dating another Flagler student, to whom she is now engaged.

“The most important thing I believe that I could tell other Flagler students considering these programs would be that my time abroad was one of the most formative experiences of my entire life,” Levy said. “Flagler College offers a wide variety of programs like these, and I would strongly advise any student to take advantage of such opportunities while they are able.” Watch a video at www.flagler.edu/watch

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