Greatest Time of my life!! March 06, 2019

By (University of the Incarnate Word) - abroad from 01/03/2019 to 05/10/2019 with

European Study Center: Heidelberg - Study Abroad in the EU

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I found out what I want to do with my life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

All the classes are wonderful. The classes are small enough that the professor is able to pay attention to everyone.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

N/A

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great dorms. Outlets don't always work though

* Food:

The food here is amazing!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

They really did help me Immerse myself into the German culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

The people at the ESC really do care about your safety!!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Everyone is so nice!!! Heidelberg is such a great place to study at!!

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)

It tough to budget!!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50-$100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always get groceries.

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

take the German class!

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish II
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? Watch German TV and read German books.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • The people
  • the excursions
  • the city
* What could be improved?
  • the rooms
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's not easy to be half way across the world from your family.