A very authentic and colorful experience March 06, 2019

By (The College of New Jersey) - 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?
Many new memories and friends.

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.

The stay, the classes , and the excursions were very nice

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Advisor was very helpful. Could have received some help with the visa process

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very nice living arrangement

* Food:

The supermarkets were close by and convenient

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very active however it would have been better if I took classes in srh university

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health care was available for all

* Safety:

The location was safe and there were no issues traveling around

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

I fell in love with Heidelberg the moment I got here

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)

Difficult because of the German bank account that I had to get for my visa

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? €4000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Book trips ahead of time

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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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  • 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?
  • The independence and freedom
  • The excursions
  • The ESC communal environment
* What could be improved?
  • The quiet hours should be later
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the visa for non American citizens is a challenging process

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.