Above and Beyond Expected Past Review

By (Columbus State University) - abroad from 03/16/2017 to 03/24/2017 with

Columbus State University: History Program on the Holocaust, Hosted by CEPA

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The depth and width of Holocaust memorials

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our coordinator Evgenia was great! She is friendly, flexible, and resourceful. She is very organized and willing to share any informations and recommendations for us to explore Berlin. Works very well with students. I've been using CEPA close to 10 years, and I have nothing but praise -- great people to work with.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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? Yes

The coordinator of CEPA made verything go smooth. She understands our academic content, and also how we wanted to challenge our students to become independent in exploring the city of Berlin. She organized everything efficiently and communicated well. She also understands our academic content, and we appreicate how she became a part of our program, discussing what she observed and listening to the students' experiences. She provided just enough help to the students so that they feel empowered to explore the city on their own. CEPA staffs are also very efficient and easy to work with.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The provider/ coordinator
  • The course topic
* What could be improved?
  • None
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It would be helpful if we knew ahead of time that CEPA will be able to provide a SIM card and calling plan. If we have the phone number with the SIM, we could leave the phone number in Germany for the students' parents in case of emergency.