An Engaging and Memorable Experience July 30, 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?
I have learned, and continue to learn, how invaluable varied intercultural experiences are for our personal growth and for the dignity and good of the world. The ESC is centrally located in Germany and Europe, providing a wealth of opportunities and experiences to challenge and stimulate memorable experiences.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The academic rigor is not simply about the classes one takes but is all encompassing with other local and global travels and experiences. The ESC gives thoughtful attention to detail and offers both an enjoyable and insightful educational experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The ESC offers excellent hospitality.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It’s an elegant and practical living space that is ideally located in the city.

* Food:

The ESC provides helpful insights on local cuisine and provides practical resources for food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The ESC highly values social and cultural integration through language, cultural experiences local and beyond, and thoughtful excursions that help students and faculty alike get the most out of their experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The ESC provides reliable and helpful healthcare both general and special needs.

* Safety:

Both the city and the neighborhood are well lit, close to public transportation, and safe for biking and walking throughout the day and at night.

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

The program is well balanced, thoughtful, and engaging with faculty and student experiences.


* 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)

I believe everyone can manage an efficient budget in Heidelberg with local grocery stores and accessible food options.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Group excursions
  • Administrative support and encouragement
  • Thoughtful program design
* What could be improved?
  • More socials
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!