Breathtaking and life changing! Past Review

By (History and German, Eastern Illinois University) - abroad from 05/15/2015 to 06/05/2016 with

Eastern Illinois University (EIU): Berlin / Munich - History and Memory in the New Germany

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I embraced the culture and learned a lot about the culture in Germany, especially in different cities such as Berlin and Munich.

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

* 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 instructors and students I experienced Germany with are now some of my greatest mentors and good friends. It took me outside of my comfort zone and I cannot wait to do it again!


* 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? a little under $100.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't but everything you see that you like! The experience is so much more than souvenirs.


* 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

I loved it!

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Beginner German
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just learn from your mistakes, you will be corrected and you move on.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • People
  • Culture
  • Course
* What could be improved?
  • Longer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I had known the language more fluently. Also, to study and look into the places you go before going because you appreciate it that much more.