Arriving and Settling In
by Megan Fogarty
Sixty-six students arrived at the MUDEC Château in Differdange, Luxembourg on Monday, January 25. Most students flew into the Luxembourg airport or the Frankfort airport in Germany. The travel process was not an easy one, as a negative COVID test result is required to enter the country. Travel agents at the airport checked documentation thoroughly. Needless to say, students and staff were relieved once everyone arrived complication-free.
The students arrived in two groups from their respective airports and were taken to the Château. Lunch, duck with a side of rice and green beans, was served to the hungry, jetlagged travelers. Students received new SIM cards and information packets. After a tour of the Château, students waited for their host families to pick them up and bring them to their home for the next four months!
Students live in varying cities. Some have a short commute, just a few minutes' walk through Differdange. Other students commute by train from the city. Host families provide an immersive experience for students. Many students ate dinner with their family the first night and learned about their family’s culture, history and background.
After visiting sites around Luxembourg and completing an integration program, students started classes on Thursday, January 28. Although travel and excursions are uncertain this semester, MUDEC staff, teachers and students are excited and ready for their semester in Luxembourg!