Studying abroad can be abit like arriving late to the theater; if you only show up for Act III, you've missed out on everything that allows you to make sense of the plot. To bring yourself up to speed and fully appreciate your new surroundings, we strongly recommend that you read up on everyday life, culture and attitudes in Germany and the European Union before you leave for Munich. You may be surprised what you find out!
The Atlantic Times - A Monthly Newspaper from Germany (FREE to subscribers in the US and Canada!)
Ferguson, Mark. Study Abroad Europe: A Workbook of Need-to-Know Topics about the EU and the USA. More than 20 essential topics to compare Germany to the US. Free sample chapters can be downloaded at the Study Abroad Europe website.
Hill, Steven. Europe's Promise. Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
Reid, T.R. The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy. New York: Penguin, 2004.
Staab, Andreas. The European Union Explained. Institutions - Actors - Global Impact. Second Edition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.
Leonard, Dick. Guide to the European Union. The Definitive Guide to all Aspects of the EU. Tenth Edition. Profile Books: London, 2010.
Flippo, Hyde. The German Way. Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs in the German-Speaking World. Chicago: Passport Books, 1997.
Flippo, Hyde. When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do. The Clued-In Guide to German Life, Language, and Culture. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
Guentzel, Ralph. Understanding "Old Europe" - An Introduction to the Culture, Politics, and History of France, Germany, and Austria. Marburg: Tectum Verlag, 2010.
Nees, Greg. Germany. Unraveling an Enigma. Yarmouth: Intercultural Press, 2000.
Randlesome, Collin. The Business Culture in Germany. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, 1994.
Coy, Jason. A Brief History of Germany. New York: Checkmark Books, 2011.
Hall, James. Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. London: John Murray, 1974.
Lucie-Smith, Edward. The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms. London: Thames and Hudson, 1984.