Goethe Institute: Good experience, can be better. Past Review

By (Finance, University of Massachusetts - Boston) for

Goethe Institute: Berlin - German Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It would have been more worthwile had I been able to stay longer. That said, the program's intense language instruction was valuable and I enjoyed the tours arranged. Housing should be located on campus!!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Fantastic language instruction; living arrangement wasn't optimal as it wasnt near campus.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strength is the language instruction; weakness would be attending in the summer when there arent many students and the living arrangement is off-campus. Another weakness would be the short length of the summer exchange.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

housing cleanliness was great however the location was a bit far from campus.

* Food:

breakfast was provided for and fantastic!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

From the perspective of a bostonian, Frankfurt is not as accessible a city to meet other students (perhaps due to summer)..however, the tours arranged were great.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Frankfurt is a relatively safe place.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced language with my instructor and through daily activities. Most people do speak english.

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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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Stay longer!