Talk with Students in Lviv (Ukraine)

One week ago, our students had the chance to talk with four Ukrainian students from Lviv via Zoom. The talk was facilitated by Dr. Randall R. Miller, Senior Consultant to the Chancellor of the Wayne County Community College District, with the support of the Chancellor of WCCCD and Bob Wood, Professor at the Catholic University in Lviv, in cooperation with our program. Four Ukrainian students, Sofiia, Olha, Kassandra, and Yaryna shared their experiences with studying in a war-torn country. Our Dickinson-in-Bremen students shared their thoughts after the talk:


“What struck me most was the normalization of the students’ experiences. Much like many people in the west have likely grown numb to seeing updates about the war in Ukraine in the news, the Ukrainian students and their professors no longer react to air sirens like they did at the beginning. It’s heartbreaking that Ukraine has been exposed to war for so long that it has settled into daily life like any other routine.” (McKenna Hillman) 

“The part that stuck with me most about hearing the Ukrainian students speak is how they have had to get used to so many horrific things. The students discussed their daily lives as consisting of daily bomb threats and sirens, frequent reminders of the fallen, general fear for loved ones, and an inability to make plans for the future. At the same time, it took them time to articulate what living in a war is like, often iterating that it just feels like normal life now.” (Abby Jones)

“It is a sobering experience to listen to current students of University in the country of Ukraine. They are similar to my peers and I, with the responsibility of school and their personal lives. But they live in constant fear of violence, whether it be inflicted on them or their family or their friends.” (Riley Robinson)

Learning about how life amidst a war has been normalized to a degree through these students was both fascinating as well as deeply concerning. I was particularly struck by the students’ description of their current reactions to air raid sirens as opposed to when the war was just beginning as well as some University classrooms doubling as bomb shelters. I recall one student saying she sometimes didn’t even react to bomb warnings and simply stayed in her apartment because it had become a normal part of her life at this point. (Grear Boyd)

“The meeting with Ukrainian students really demonstrated the reality of the impacts of the war, the day to day impacts on individuals are covered less by the international media so it was interesting to hear their perspectives, especially about continuing their lives with a semblance of normalcy amidst the chaos and terror of war.” (Gabe McGough)


Afterwards, the Dickinson students as well as the students from Ukraine had the opportunity to attend a talk by Dr. Ludwig, titled: “The War in Ukraine explained. An Update after Two Years,” which was followed by a Q&A session.

“While I found many aspects of Dr. Ludwig’s Ukraine talk interesting, I was particularly intrigued by her explanation of the role that social media continues to play in the ongoing conflict both on Russian and Ukrainian sides. Specifically, Russian use of misinformation to continue to justify aggression towards Ukraine was of interest. Yet, as I have seen these videos myself on my personal social media accounts, I was particularly captivated by the discussion of Ukrainian use of popular media platforms to spread awareness of inadequacies of the Russian military in order to both rouse international support for their defense efforts and to promote national morale.” (Grear Boyd)

“I found both our conversation with the students from Lviv and Dr. Ludwig’s talk incredible. Not only did I get to talk with students, folks my age, experiencing the war first hand as their day to day, I got to understand the war, tactics and its current status much better than I ever would have. I think what struck me most was how normalized war was for the Ukrainian students – one girl apologized for being so tired, as there had been air raid sirens all night and she had classes in the morning, in the same tone I might complain about the weather.” (Noah Salsich)


The morning after these talks, Russia launched massive drone and missile strikes on Ukrainian cities – the largest airstrike on its energy infrastructure so far in the last two years of this war.

Welcoming our Spring Students!

On Saturday, we said “Willkommen!” to our new Spring Semester students. We are excited to have you here in Bremen!

(In the photos, you can see -from the left- our students Noah, Riley, and Gabe, Dickinson-in-Bremen alumnus Mac, student mentor Sophie, student Grear, and academic director Dr. Janine Ludwig.)

Webinar: Putin – The Engima by Professor Janine Ludwig

“Who is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the president of the Russian Federation who is waging a war against Ukraine — and, as he claims, against the “collective West”? Why is he doing all of this?”

Professor Janine Ludwig, academic director of the Durden Dickinson in Bremen Program, will discuss these topics in the free Webinar ”Putin – The Enigma“ on Tuesday, September 26 at 12pm EDT (6pm CEST).

You may find more information and the chance to register for free (until September 24) here:


Time to say Goodbye: Farewell Dinner 2023

An insight into our (very yummy) farewell dinner in mid-July. It’s hard to believe, but unfortunately, our students’ time in Bremen is already over. We hope that you enjoyed your time here and that you take with you many unforgettable memories. We wish you all the best for your future, whether in your further studies, career or personal goals. If you ever get homesick for Germany in the future, you are always welcome to visit us in Bremen!


This year’s OPEN CAMPUS was a blast. Inspired by the motto “Open worlds – share knowledge” around 20.000 guests were not only able to learn more about the Uni itself and its institutes through lectures and guided tours, but also enjoy some great music in a festival-like setting in the evening. We’re already excited for the next year!

Independence Day Dinner 2023

We hope you had a great Independence Day!  Here are some moments we captured at the Independence Day Dinner organised by the Carl Schurz Deutsch-Amerikanischer Club e.V. at the Restaurant “Waldbühne”.

Renewal of the cooperation between Dickinson College and the University of Bremen

In April 2023, the Durden Dickinson Bremen Program welcomed a special guest from Carlisle in order to renew the long-standing cooperation between Dickinson College and the University of Bremen.

The Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Study and Engagement (CGSE), Samantha Brandauer, came to Bremen for a few days on behalf of Dickinson College in order to renew the cooperation with the University of Bremen. This collaboration has existed since 1984/85 and has resulted in a successful Study Abroad Program. As a symbol of the two institutions’ ongoing friendship many red Adirondack chairs of the same kind as on Dickinson’s campus have been placed on the meadows of the University of Bremen over the past years.

On April 27, the new contract between the two institutions was signed by the President Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther, in the presence of Vice President Dr. Mandy Boehnke and Samantha Brandauer, pledging that both institutions intend to continue their partnership for the next decades.

To mark the occasion, the last two red “Dickinson chairs“ were unveiled during a ceremony by Samantha Brandauer and Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther. They serve as a representation of the past decades and represent the German-American exchange.

The ceremony was also attended by Dr. Janine Ludwig, the Academic Director of the Durden Dickinson Bremen Program, Dr. Mandy Boehnke and Dickinson students currently studying in Bremen, along with former exchange students, as well as former and future Overseas-Student-Assistants (OSAs). 

Photos by Matej Meza and Silke Prangemeier.

Renewal of the cooperation between Dickinson College and the University of Bremen

Hello there! We’ve got some exciting news that we want to share with you: Last Thursday, April 27, a renewal of the cooperation between Dickinson College and the University of Bremen took place. After the signing of the contract, two new red Adirondacks, or Dickinson chairs as they are called in Bremen, were unveiled in a festive ceremony by Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther (President of the University of Bremen) and Samantha Brandauer (Associate Provost & Executive Director of CGSE at Dickinson). Furthermore, Dr. Mandy Boehnke (Vice President of the University of Bremen) and Dr. Janine Ludwig (Academic Director of the DiB Program), as well as some of our former and future OSAs/exchange students joined the event. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the planning and implementation of this special day. We are looking forward to a great collaboration in the years to come!