A Student in the ESC October 17, 2018

By (The College of New Jersey) - abroad from 08/21/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

European Study Center: Heidelberg - Study Abroad in the EU

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independence, friendships, travelling experiences

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.

Courses are generally very easy and professors are nice.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Communication is definitely an issue internally and externally.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The living arrangements are better than expected. However, due to a communal kitchen, people tend to not clean up their own pans, dishes, etc.

* Food:

It is hard to find good food (Chinese, Japanese, etc) other than German food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This program fails to integrate you with German culture and leaves it to its students to find their own means of participating in local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I have not had any experiences with health care but staff workers are willing to help out in the case of a health emergency.

* Safety:

Overall, I feel safe in Heidelberg. However, we were notified that a week before coming to our living arrangement, that a hobo entered the building. They could never find the hobo. Also people tend to bring other people home after a night out.

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)

You can live on about $100 per week.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $200

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Independence
  • Freedom
  • Making friends
* What could be improved?
  • Integration
  • Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That this program did not integrate you with local and other international students.