Majoring in German or Russian (sometimes combined with a double-major in political science, economics, history, business or global studies) gives our students a global perspective and the ability to communicate internationally with linguistic and cultural understanding.
Study Abroad Leads to Teaching Position in Europe
A semester abroad experience ignited a passion for teaching and travel for Jake Pelland '16 who now works as a teacher in Kirchdorf an der Krems (about an hour south of Linz) in Austria. He came to UVM with strong skills in German, but became fascinated with the Russian language and culture. "First, it seemed like an interesting language to learn. Second, Russian politics are always fascinating, and it fit well into my growing interest in international politics," he explains. Pelland's most inspiring experience at UVM? A semester in St. Petersburgh, Russia. "It was the first time I had ever left the country, and as I stayed with a Russian family that spoke no English, the first time I had ever been in an environment where I could not fall back on my native language."