If you are a fan of American culture and everything else connected to this country, but don’t want to spend a whole fortune on going there, there’s a way out on how you could connect to America without even leaving Freiburg. Carl-Schurz-Haus, a German-American institution, offers around 250 events every year which are all about the USA and its modern trends and culture.
It is a definitely a must-go for everyone keen on American contemporary culture: there are various lectures, workshops, seminars, literary readings, exhibitions and all of that is organized by highly competent American and German experts. But that is not all that Carl-Schurz-Haus can offer. If you want to improve your English skills, the institute is just the right place for that! Here you can learn English exclusively with native speakers, and all your needs and demands will be satisfied: you can improve your grammar, speaking skills or even do a course on Business English. Learners of all levels and age groups can find what they need at Carl-Shurz Haus.
But if you aren’t interested in learning English but still want to practice, there are plenty of other possibilities at Carl-Shurz Haus. One of such is being a member of Carl-Shurz Haus library. It is a public library, which offers around 12 000 books (mostly in English), a wide range of audio books, DVDs, periodicals, access to the Internet and use of copy machine. Also, there are guided library tours, either in English or in German, and they are free of charge. Those are organized for those who want to be informed how exactly the library functions and how not to get lost there.
And if you have a passion for writing, there is a Writers‘ Circle, where you can share your ideas, get some help and feedback from those interested in writing.
The opening hours are Monday-Friday 11:30 – 1:30 pm and 3:00 PM – 6:30 pm. You can also access online library catalogue which is available from 11 am till 6 pm and reserve the media you want online.
But what if you have visited numerous events at Carl-Schutz Haus and American culture fascinates you so much that you have got itchy feet and want to visit this country so desperately? The institution can help you with that as well! Carl-Schurz-Haus is an EducationUSA advising center. Here you can be provided with any information and advice on various exchange and travel opportunities in the US as well as in other English-speaking countries. You get to choose from many different options: studying abroad, language courses in English-speaking countries, Au pair. Sounds really attractive, doesn’t it?
So, how to become a member of Carl-Schurz-Haus? Here you can access online member registration form. Anyone can become a member. The fees are 31 € per personal membership a year and after you have paid this price, a membership card will be given to you. All members are entitled to various offers and discounts: a discount for a language course, free library use, reduced prices for presentations, films, concerts and meetings.
You can find the Carl-Schurz-Haus at Eisenbahnstrasse 62 on the third floor. For more information on events and exhibitions, visit the website http://www.carl-schurz-haus.de/ and in order to keep up-to-date, follow Carl-Schurz-Haus page on Facebook here.