A great experience that showed me the culture of Germany. March 11, 2019

By (The College of New Jersey) - abroad from 01/02/2019 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?
Yes it was worthwhile. I learned some of the german language and was immersed in the culture.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

great administration

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

great housing

* Food:

no food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

fairly integrated

* 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

I really enjoyed the experience

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? 200-300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan your trips ahead of time and know how much you are going to spend.

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

German class the professor only spoke German.

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? French courses in high school
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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?
  • Travel
  • Rooms
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
  • Diversity
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It would be slightly difficult to meet local students if you do not attend an immersion class at SRH.