Studying in Göttingen was for me like being on a holiday where you work hard and are surrounded by great people. Working hard and being on holiday seems to contradict each other and yet, Göttingen makes it work. The green surroundings, the small and beautiful city, the relaxed atmosphere at the campus. It all makes it feel like a holiday. This encouraged by the informal and very pleasant interaction with the Euroculture team. However, this does not mean that there is not hard work being done during the semester. The German academic culture puts a lot of emphasis on the self-reliance of the students. The excellent teachers, as befits this Master of Excellence, offer you a chance to gain knowledge and develop new skills but you need to do it. I love this principle and enjoyed working hard on our transatlantic relations course and our study trip to Budapest. Being treated like an adult with your own responsibilities, which means you can relax and enjoy your holiday in Göttingen as much as you want as long as you get your work done. So in short, Göttingen for me was: work hard, enjoy hard (and for the party animals: party hard).