Carlson School senior Nick Ott has been awarded a grant to study and teach abroad during the 2017-18 academic year by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Ott, who is studying marketing at the Carlson School and German, Scandinavian, and Dutch in the College of Liberal Arts, will teach English next year in Germany. He will graduate from the U this May.
Ott previously lived in Germany as an exchange student in high school and studied in Cologne for a semester in college. At the U, he has been a teaching assistant for German classes and has taught swimming and other recreational activities in summer camp programs. He expects to gain more teaching experience and German fluency while abroad.
“If, after a year, I think it’s for me, my future career plans include pursuing a master’s degree or PhD in German linguistics so that I can teach a foreign language at the university level as a professor,” he said. Otherwise, he may use his business education to land a position in a global non-profit organization.
“Receiving a Fulbright grant meant a great deal to me, so much so that I delayed another lifelong goal of mine – Peace Corps service – for the prospect of being named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholar,” he said.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.