Wanderlust Past Review

By (Fashion Business, Columbia College Chicago) - abroad from 01/06/2015 to 05/08/2015 with

Athena Study Abroad: Heidelberg - European Study Center (ESC)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad was out of this world! I have made memories that I will forever hold close to my heart. I definitely gained self independence during my time abroad. Coming to a foreign country completely by myself was a huge leap for me and I hope to do it again someday soon. Being abroad you also learn to truly appreciate other cultures through your travels.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Heidelberg is quite small and there isn't a huge population of young people. That being said making friends outside of the program was harder because there wasn't many options, plus Germans are socially very reserved.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • flexible school schedule
  • house location
  • excursions
* What could be improved?
  • house cleanliness
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How small Heidelberg is

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.