2Travel and ArrivalLeipzig is approximately two hours south of Berlin by train, so the easiest way to reach Leipzig is to fly into Berlin and catch a train the rest of the way. Expect around ten hours of flight time and two hours aboard the train. The main train station in Leipzig is located very close to the city center, and public transportation in Leipzig (as well as the rest of Germany) is quite easy to navigate.
3The City of Leipzig Leipzig is located in the German state of Saxony. It is a city with a fantasticculture and intriguing history.Has been home to manyfamous historical figures suchas J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn.A decently large city with a population of 522,000.
4TransportationPublic transportation in Leipzig is the easiest way to navigate your way around the city.Leipzig’s main form of transportation is the tram.Students of the university obtain a transportation pass that lasts the duration of their stay.Be sure to have you pass, as well as your student I.D. on you at all times,because transportationofficers often check fortickets.Lack of a ticket while on anyform of public transport leadsto a fine of 75 euros.
5Leipzig UniversitätThe University of Leipzig is one of the oldest universities in Germany, as well as Europe.Its main campus is centrally located, with various other buildings spread throughout the city, so be prepared to get familiar with Leipzig transport!Leipzig University offers many different international programs, including masters and Ph.D. programs.
6Be Sure to BringBeing halfway across the world, it is difficult to simply run home for a weekend and grab the things you need, so make sure you pack thoroughly.Do not pack the morning of your flight. Be sure to leave some time to ensure that you have everything you need.A few things to be sure to bring are:A camera (I managed to forget this one)A towelA set of nice clothes (who knows when you will need them)An English-German dictionary (the ones sold in Germany are more expensive and less extensive)An ethernet cable (The dorms do not have wifi)A voltage converterSocket adapters are cheap and easy to obtain in Germany.Converters are need for electrical appliances that don’t have a voltage conversion built in (most computers and mp3 players are safe).
7Das Herder InstitutThe Herder Institute is a department of Leipzig University that sponsors summer and fall language programs.The Program includes:Language intensive courses 5 times a week.Program sponsored activities.Excursions to various cities around the area.If you are looking to better you German, it is the perfect course.
8Housing Dorms Laundry facilities Hostels – for travel The dormitories at Leipzig are almost as spread out as the rest of the campus, so you may have to walk a while to reach your nearest bus stop.The living spaces consist of a two-bedroom apartment (you get your own room), with a kitchen (sans stove) and a bathroom.Internet memory usage is limited, but unless you use skype for 5 hours a day and download excess amounts of movies and music, you should be OK.Laundry facilitiesLocated in the basement level.Only two washers and two dryers for a whole eight-floor dorm.Hostels – for travelHostels are a great way to experience city culture and learn about what is going on in the cityThey are easy to book and easily affordable.When staying your rent out a bed, not a room.Usually you can get a private room for 4+ people, or stay in a room with a handful of people you don’t know.Most hostels are safe and clean, but be sure to do your research!
9Food SourcesRestaurantsThe culinary culture of Germany is something in its own.Leipzig offers the stereotypical dining, as well as lesser-known,oh-so-much-better, restaurants.Döner Kebabs are a must, as well as any other meal offered at aTurkish diner.Italian in Germany is also delicious.For dessert try Gelato or Eis, or a pastry from the nearerst BackereiAnother must is the Leipziger Gose, a beer that will surprise you with its strangetasteGrocery ShoppingThere is a grocery store within a short walk’s distance of most of the dorms.Be sure to bring a bag when you shop, because carts and baskets cost extra to use.You will discover many new delicious foods.Keep your glass and plastic bottles and return them for a Pfand (refund) after use (5-20 euro cents per bottle)Be aware that most stores (save for the Hauptbahnhof (central train station) are closed on Sunday.Der Mensa - If you want to eat cafeteria food, the Mensa is an excellentchoice.It is a huge cafeteria with a variety of foodUpon your arrival, you receive a Mensa card that you must load with moneyto use. When you leave Leipzig, you can go to the nearest Mensa registerand receive a refund for the amount of money you have left on the card.
10Festivals The city of Leipzig has something for everyone. Leipzig has many annual festivals, but the two main attractions are:BachfestBachfest is a week-long festival that celebrates the life, work, and legacy of J.S. BachFor more informationGothik Wave TreffenAt the same time as Bachfest, Leipzig also holds it annual Gothik Wave TreffenGWT is also a week long festival of Gothik lifestyle and music.
11Things to do: DayLeipzig has unlimited places to visit. Here are a fewThe Leipzig ZooThe Zoo is world-renowned and recently opened a new exhibit, titled GondwanalandIf you want to see the celebrity possum named afterHeidi Klum, this is your place.AugustusplatzAugustusplatz is the central district of LeipzigIt has a variety of shops and eateriesHere you can visit the oldest coffee shop in GermanyLakeLeipzig has several lakes surrounding it, which offer beautiful scenery and a wet relief to the summer heat.MarketsOn the weekends, you can go to Augustusplatz and find one of the best farmers’ markets you will ever come across. Wines, cheeses, and meats galore.VolkschlagerdenkmalA beautiful monument that is a must-see.
12Things to do: Night The nightlife in Leipzig is also bustling If you are feeling cultured, you can attend an opera or concert in the concert halls located in AugustusplatzLeipzig also has its fair share of clubs.The students on our trip tended toward the Alpenmax clubIf you are looking for a calmer evening, you can always look for a beer garden or pub.In Augustusplatz you will find what we titled “Beer Garden Alley”It is a long alley lined with restaurants and pubs.
13German Culture Here are a few tips for any person going to Germany: Germans are very open people and will often strike up a conversation, so be aware.When drinking, cheers are a necessity.Rather than say “cheers,” Germans say “Prost”Be sure to keep eye contact at the clink of the glass.Gypsies will be present in the larger cities such as Berlin.They will sometimes try to pickpocket you or simply want the Pfand from your bottle of Coke, but be aware.
14Surrounding AreasGermany is a relatively small country, so a weekend trip to another city is very easy.<- BerlinA few cities I suggest visiting while in Leipzig are:Berlin – Beautiful city with unlimited things to doWeimar and Dresden – Great cities for a one or two day excursionErfurt – Great example of an old German townAnd most likely any other city suggested to you
15Long Distance TravelIf you plan on doing a decent amount of travelling, here are a few resources for transportation.Ryanair has a reputation for being an extremely cheap way to travel around Europe by plane.Trains are always a go-to for travel, but can be quite expensive.If you happen to have a vehicle, driving is always an option.
16ChecklistThe study abroad office will help get most of these objectives sorted out but as a quick reminder, be sure to obtain:A passport and student visa (if needed)Travel insuranceTransfer credit paperworkA spare credit card
17Faculty Led ProgramK-State In Leipzig is a five week program sponsored by the German department.It is a faculty-led program, Dr. Necia Chronister being the attending professor.It has a week-long section in Berlin, followed by 4 weeks in Leipzig through the interDaf Program sponsored by the Herder institut.
18Contact InformationStudy Abroad office – Question about studying abroad?304 Fairchild HallHerder institut – interDaf language programleipzig.de/interdaf/englisch/eindex.htmlDr. Necia Chronister – K-State in Leipzig