goethe institute summer program Past Review

By (Applied Math, Harvard University) for

Goethe Institute: Berlin - German Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
i learned a lot about the german culture and berlin's history. i also met students from all over the world and made lasting friendships

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 teaching was superb, and our teacher, Frau Breuer, managed to keep us interested for long hours and improve our german skills remarkably .

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

it was very organized and efficient.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

my host family was very accommodating

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

hanging out with friends from the program and exploring berlin together

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

don't drive the subway late at night even if there a lot of people around.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? plan for food and also toiletries ( these usually feel unexpected)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

most students in the program, though not american, spoke english which helped in the beginning stages of the course when we knew very little german. however, after a while we spoke for the most part in german.

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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* Who did you live with?

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* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • everything else :)
* What could be improved?
  • the institute switched out teacher halfway through ( because of scheduling problems) and it probably would've been better had we stayed with the same teacher
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? if you have the opportunity DEFINITELY go to this program. make no mistake, you WILL have to study everyday, but overall the work-fun balance is very reasonable and your skills at the end of the program are ridiculously rewarding. it's also tons of fun :)