Great experience, just some bumps along the way. October 17, 2018

By (Finance, Financial Services, 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?
I learned to adapt to new surroundings, while gaining confidence and independence. I was able to see so many new countries and cultures.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Make sure your courses are actually being taught at the school. To our surprise, the school decided to change the schedule and not offer certain courses. We were not informed of this until we were physically in the country, so it was extremely inconvenient. Some classes are harder than others, but it is pretty manageable. However, some days we are in class for 9 hours which is a lot.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Many things get lost in translation between your home institution and the administration here.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You will be in a house with primarily American students so you have to make the effort to immerse yourself in the German culture. In addition, the students you live with are the only students in your classes.

* 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


* 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)

Groceries are extremely cheap. The most I spent per week was around $40, plus drinking money/going out to eat. It was easy to save money to travel.


* 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
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Ability to travel
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Administration
  • Wifi
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The time difference will make it hard to communicate with people at home, but it forces you to really live in the moment.

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.