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Life in Flensburg


Todd Heidt

Professor of Modern Languages-German; Chair of International Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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The town features beautiful traditional German architecture, a local brewery, a world-class theater and arts scene, and a cobblestone shopping district full of boutiques, restaurants, and cafés. Its location on the North Sea allows you to enjoy the beach after classes or even join the University of Flensburg’s sailing club. During colder months, students head to the cafés, the traditional Christmas market, or their friends’ houses and apartments.

Just a short train ride from Hamburg and Berlin -- the “new center of cool in Germany” according to Professor and Program Coordinator Todd Heidt -- Flensburg’s location also makes it easy to travel to Denmark, Copenhagen, and the rest of Scandinavia. Students often schedule classes Monday through Thursday so they have more time to study and explore on weekends.

As for life at the university, you'll be given a unique and immersive cultural and academic experience. Outside the classroom, all residences are single-room dorms with full access to the university's gym, including classes in everything from Akido and yoga to fencing and Tango. 

Flensburg, In Her Own Words

by Alyssa Kennamer '13

"I met one of my flatmates, Elisa, after Easter Break upon arriving in Flensburg. She asked me where I'm from, and I said the usual -- grew up in Oklahoma, but study in Illinois. She responds, 'I've always wanted to go to Illinois!' I was a bit taken aback by her enthusiasm and then said, 'Oh yeah, Chicago!' She said, 'No, Galesburg.'

At this point I was floored. I learned that she had applied to study at Knox. Complete coincidence that I would be placed in an apartment living situation with a prospective Knox student. Even better that we became fast friends.

But that's probably the best part about choosing to study in Flensburg -- that in doing so, you continue to foster this growing partnership between Universität Flensburg and Knox College. You're beginning to witness the traces that each institution is leaving on the students, the faculty, the place."

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Printed on Monday, July 22, 2024