Unforseen Adventure in the Heart of German Democracy Past Review

By (International Business, Juniata College) - abroad from 03/16/2015 to 06/29/2015 with

EPA Internships in Europe: Bonn/Cologne - University study and Internships

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
German working evironment. How to balance work and play.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Great program schedule, not too time intensive but good learning experience all around.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Regular contact with Hartwig, EPA on-site coordinator. Always open for discussion.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Simple steps to find appartment in host city in quaint and multi-cultural neighborhood.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living in the city center in a very integrated neighborhood was a great cultural experience.

* 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

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? ~ 75 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a German bank account as it makes things run much more smoothly.

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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? GR 399
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? Talk, talk, talk with locals, your neighbors, your work colleagues.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Hartwig (coordinator)
  • The two professors.
  • The trips to other cities.
* What could be improved?
  • More transparency with course results.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That bonn is an awesome city and a great place to live.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'