The Diplomatic Academy and beyond

12 January 2023

Maria Alejandra Baetti, the 2008–09 recipient of the Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Student Award, recounts her experience both during and after her program year.

By Maria Alejandra Baetti

Photo of the front of the Diplomatic Academy
View from the dorms at the Diplomatic Academy
In the United States, being trilingual was quite a rarity, and people were often impressed by that. But in my classes at the DA, there were people who could speak five, six, even seven languages!
Photo of Maria with friends at the Diplomatic Academy Ball
Photo of Maria standing on hill overlooking an Austrian village
There are so many things that the US could learn from Austria and Austria from the US.