Unpredictable 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 gained independence and an understanding of who I am as a person and where I could improve through self-growth and maturing.

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.

* 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

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? Close to 150 Euro each week, but more if I was traveling.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Actually budget your money before coming here. Look into how much you are willing to spend and strategize with family or yourself.

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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Latin IV (But for German, I used to live here so no actual language course)
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? Conversational language use is the best way to gain proficiency, so find someone who can also speak the language and learn together and seek out others who do as well.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Great Excursions
  • Friendly and Helpful Administration
  • The Beautiful City
* What could be improved?
  • Response Time
  • Super Strict Rules (After Hours)
  • :)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much I would actually miss home

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.