A friendly and safe environment in the small city of Heidelberg March 12, 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?
I enjoyed meeting new people with different perspectives. It was for sure worthwhile. I traveled a lot while here for cheap as well.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration is more than helpful with all accommodations needed!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The house is very clean. Sheets and comforters were given which was very nice when arriving.

* Food:

We have a full kitchen which is extremely convenient.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone that loves in the house is American for the most part and I only take classes with Americans, I wish it was more integrated

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Local doctors are easy to get in touch with, the apothecary is also easy to go to.

* Safety:

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

I would choose it again, but Heidelberg is a small city where there is not much going on during the weekdays. Regardless it is very quaint and comforting.

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

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

I am trying to learn the language and everyone is very helpful.

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? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
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? Try to talk to people as much as possible even if it might be embarrassing at first.

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • People
  • Environment
  • Safety
* What could be improved?
  • Integration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I could take classes at SRH for the first part of the semester since people that took a part in that program enjoyed their time and met different international people.

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.