Meet the Team

Associate Professor and Director

Heike Fahrenberg

Heike Fahrenberg

Associate Professor and Director

Ph.D. in American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität (JGu) 2006, American Studies / English Lecturer JGu/UC Davis 1997-2009; Teacher State Exam I (German and English Studies), M.A. in German, English and American Studies JGu 1997, German Assistant Middlebury College 1994-95; Biological Lab Technician, 1991). Dr. Fahrenberg has been the director of the Middlebury School in Germany since 2000. Integrating work with research, she focuses on teaching and assessing Intercultural Communi-cative Competence and became a Qualified Administrator of the IDI in 2012. ACTFL 2018 w. Prof. Roman Graf (German Dept.): Institutional Change through Intercultural Communication, 2016 Multi-Level Advanced Intercultural Writing'; 2014 w. Prof. Sanae Eda (Director, School in Japan) Teaching Language and Culture: Integrated Portfolios in Japan and Germany, 2013 w. Prof. Graf: Study Abroad - Integral and Integrated Part of a Language Teaching Curriculum. American Association of Study Abroad Programs, Germany Workshops 2013/14: Teaching and Assessing of Intercultural Competence with/out the IDI; 2015: Student Safety in Study Abroad.

Assistant to the Director

Juliane Drauschke

Juliane Drauschke

Assistant to the Director

Juliane Drauschke (M.A. in Adult Education, Coaching and Personal Development, Humboldt University 2015, B.A. in Education Studies and Gender Studies, 2012) has been in her position since March 2018. Since she spent three months in Colombia, interning at Universidad de Norte (Barranquilla) in order to improve her Spanish, gain experience abroad and most importantly, to immerse herself in a new culture in 2014, her enthusiasm for travelling and exploration inspires her work for and with the students. While she supports students in all realms of student life, Juliane leads our team of BabelGuides and oversees our extensive and diverse internship program at all three locations.

Senior BabelGuide

Giacomo Croci (Berlin / Potsdam)

Giacomo Croci (Berlin / Potsdam)

Senior BabelGuide

Giacomo Croci had earned his B.A. in Philosophy (2010) in Milan before he moved to Berlin and completed his M.A. in Philosophy in 2014. In 2015, he started working on his doctoral dissertation on Classical German Philosophy, Subjectivity and Temporality Theories. He began BabelGuiding in 2017. His his experience as an international student – not only with respect to language and geography, but also to academic institutions – has proven to be of great help to others. His education in philosophy makes it easy for him to support participants in the program, particularly with respect to argumentative and research-oriented writing. He works occasionally as cultural journalist.

Erik Hundertmark

Erik Hundertmark (Mainz)

Erik Hundertmark (Mainz)

BabelGuide

Erik Hundertmark currently studies Political Economy and International Relationships (M.A.) at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Economics in spring 2019. Erik spent the entire academic year 2016/17 in Strasbourg where he studied Science Politique at Institut d’Etudes Politiques and where he worked in the European Parliament as deputy assistant. In 2018, he returned to France and studied Economics for one semester in Lyon, at Université Jean-Moulin III. The studies in Mainz, Strasbourg and Lyon increased his intercultural awareness and allowed him to become part of the Middlebury BabelGuide-Team.

BabelGuide

Ann-Kathrin Koster (Berlin / Potsdam)

Ann-Kathrin Koster (Berlin / Potsdam)

BabelGuide

Ann-Kathrin recently completed her M.A. in Political Science and Intercultural Gender Studies at Trier University. In 2015, she received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. During her master studies she spent one year abroad at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., where she also worked with undergraduate students of the German Department. This experience was the main reason why she wanted to become part of the Babel Guide team."

Senior BabelGuide

Sam Cuff Snow (Berlin / Potsdam)

Sam Cuff Snow (Berlin / Potsdam)

Senior BabelGuide

Samuel Cuff Snow grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where he completed his BA and MA in philosophy and German studies at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, respectively. He came to Berlin in 2006 and 2009 as an exchange student (at the Freie Universität), which were some of his most formative years. After beginning his PhD in 2014 at Monash University, he returned to Freie Universität Berlin under a Cotutelle agreement in 2015 and now (finally!) considers Berlin his home. He is in the process of completing his doctoral thesis on the concept of the sublime in modern European philosophy. His experiences as an international student, his love for the German language (including, above all, grammar) and research and writing skills motivated him to become a BabelGuide.

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