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Hendrix-in-Bonn provides immersive student experience

CONWAY, Ark. (July 5, 2017) – Seven Hendrix students and their professor have returned from Hendrix-in-Bonn, a four-week intensive educational experience of German language and culture with the city of Bonn as its home base. 

The students, Cayman Botner ’20, Andrew Fleming ’18, Hailey Hayes ’19, Sarah Nicholson ’20, Jun Shin ’20, John Tate ’19, and Alex Tiller ’19, enrolled in a four-week intensive German language course at the Goethe Institute, as well as a course on contemporary Germany with Dr. Wayne Oudekerk, Hendrix Professor of German. As part of the program, students made day trips to see castles on the Rhine and the 2,000-year-old German cities of Trier, Mainz, and Cologne. They also spent one weekend with a German host family in Quakenbrück, sister city to Conway, and another weekend traveling on their own.

“From my personal perspective, this is an absolute dream teaching gig,” Oudekerk said. “I get to explore exciting aspects of German culture, past and present, with really bright, enthusiastic students who ask great questions and love to learn. And Germany is our classroom!”

The Hendrix-in-Bonn program’s highlights include pre-departure readings on German history and culture, an orientation weekend in Bonn before the start of classes, and visits to churches and museums. The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation covers the costs of tuition, room, a per diem meal allowance, ground transportation in Germany, and museum entrance fees.

Students interested in the Hendrix-in-Bonn program begin the application process in November for the following summer. Accepted students are notified in January and begin preparing for the experience.

View photos from Hendrix-in-Bonn here.

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