Berlin: Indulge your inner Romantic Past Review

By (Mathematics, Harvard University) for

Goethe Institute: Berlin - German Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Hell Yes

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The course was fairly easy and there was really very little work outside of the course; the instruction was clear and we had plenty of time to practice during the Day. I think this was an ingenious decision, as most of the learning was done through the culture programs and spending time in the city

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great teacher, pretty solid instruction in courses and an awesome culture program were great. Class sizes were about 12 and I always felt like there was enough individual time, but the textbooks used were atrocious and better used for toilet paper.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was very adequate, nothing more, nothing less. I spent a lot of time not there, which is good.

* Food:

The Turkish/arabic food is great and cheap. Enjoy the comparatively low cost, delicious bakery treats like Brie-cheese sandwiches.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I went and heard Beethoven's 9th Symphony performed at the Waldbuehne, Schubert's Winterreise, a couple of Plays (though neither was that special, they were fun nights), and perhaps best of all, I went on many a long nights walk through the city, stopping to listen to outdoor, free performances of wonderful Music (A new thing in Berlin which I DEEPLY approve of)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Perfectly safe by any standard.

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


* 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? Quite a bit. Around $100 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Food costs a lot of money. Be prepared.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate German
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My Instructor and the small class size
* What could be improved?
  • The Textbook
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't worry about the work, it's not the point and it's easy. I think the student who gets the most of out this kind of experience, is the student who does well with only a moderately challenging curriculum and excited by the prospect of being alone in a foreign place, enjoys simply walking about and riding the night through this beautiful city. Learn the language through people, the coursework is just a way of giving you the framework to expand