Eye-Opening March 06, 2019

By (University of the Incarnate Word) - abroad from 01/03/2019 to 05/12/2019 with

European Study Center: Heidelberg - Study Abroad in the EU

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It's very worthwhile! I've learn become more independent and learn more about myself.

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.

* 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

This has been one of the best experience that I've ever done. You would kill those stereotype comments about people. This experience made me be more of a open-minded person.

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? I would spend about 100 euros per week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You will save more if you cook for yourself instead of always going out to eat. It's very tempting, but I rather spend that money to go travel.

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

They don't really enforced it, because there are some people who speaks English. However, it's better to have the basic knowledge to know a bit of German.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I'm fluent in my native tongue and fluent in English. I've taken a year of Spanish and 3 years of Japanese.
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? Honestly, I have taken language that doesn't match my study abroad here in Germany. Knowing a bit of it would be very helpful. So trying to teach yoourself little by little should benefit you.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The people
  • The culture
  • The enviroment
* What could be improved?
  • Time
  • Rules
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much of a safe enviroment it would actually be.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.