Heidelberg and More November 06, 2019

By (Cedar Crest College) - abroad from 08/19/2019 to 12/13/2019 with

European Study Center: Heidelberg - Study Abroad in the EU

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was worthwhile, i have gained so much travel experience that would have taken me years to acquire if I had not gone abroad.

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.

The course are challenging and offer a great deal of information and resources to broaden the learning experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration is very accommodating an try their best to offer up the necessary resources to be able to adapt to a new way of life.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Everything I needed was provided for me and if something was missing the staff did their best to fill requests.

* Food:

The grocery stores are easy to navigate and the local restaurants are always happy to welcome students.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Seminars were offered for students to attend to help us be able to identify and adapt to cultural differences.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

Heidelberg is an extremely safe city, however, the building is not as secure as one would hope. It is very easy to access the dorm floors (a key card is not needed)

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

I made amazing life long friends and gained a plethora of skills that i would not have acquired in the states.

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? 50-70 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is recommended to have at least 1500 for each month (that is more than necessary, but you don't need to worry about money then)

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? Beginner
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? German 5
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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The People
* What could be improved?
  • Administrational organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish we would have applied for a visas before coming abroad

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.