German Goethe Institut- fun and rewarding. Past Review

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Goethe Institute: Berlin - German Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about the similarities between both the people of the country I was in, but also between the international students and myself. I felt more connected with the world.

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.

Teacher was great, the material was manageable. Adding different games and changing the way concepts where taught throughout the day helped. A lot less stressful and information packed than a course at my university.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Could use better internet connection at the Institut and also inform students that are provided housing through the progam whether or not an internet connection will be available.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Try to go shopping more because Berlin has great food vendors.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Museums were lovely.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

No problems with health. Never felt my saftey was threatened, but still try not to travel alone at night.

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? 120 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to budget groceries during the first week to avoid the trap of no work meals. Price can add up.


* 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
Language acquisition improvement?

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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  • Apartment
* 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?
  • People.
* What could be improved?
  • Internet.