Eye-Opening Global Leadership Experience in Heidelberg July 29, 2019

By (Mercer University) - abroad from 07/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 with

European Study Center: Heidelberg - Summer Program in the EU

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be a better leader, to be adaptable, understanding, efficient and open-minded. This experience was worthwhile, because of all the things I learned about myself and my future.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The global leadership opened my mind to becoming the best possible leader through self-awareness. I enjoyed this class especially, because the discussions allowed me to see others' perspectives and the readings gave me a model for the type of leader I would like to be.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

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* 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? No

I initially expected to be studying under this same program in Strasbourg, France, so I feel that I would have enjoyed that experience better.

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)

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? 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? College Intermediate Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Independence
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Timing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about all European cultures, traveling, and the length of the classes.

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.