Eye-opening July 29, 2019

By (University of the Incarnate Word) - abroad from 07/03/2019 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?
Better communication with others, especially those that live outside of the US.

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 teachers base the rigor of their classes on the knowledge that students will be traveling often on the weekends/ moderate workload.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Friendly and approachable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It's a dorm room. Clean and reasonable accommodations, unfortunately no air conditioning.

* Food:

Good German food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Dive headfirst into a small German town!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very safe area.

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

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan for unexpected expenses.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Other
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?
  • communication with other international students
  • the ability to travel about Europe
  • completing a class while in another country
* What could be improved?
  • bug screens on windows
  • air conditioning
  • more personal interactions with staff
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This is not visiting a country as a tourist. This is living in a foreign country.