I loved Berlin but would probably prefer the wealthier Munich for the summer Past Review


Goethe Institute: Berlin - German Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. Confidence, Fluency in the language, lots of new friends, fun, being away from Harvard is a gift in itself.

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 workload was manageable, the grading system fair. The teacher used a combination of the official school-issued textbook and handouts from a Grammar book.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Streamlined administration, clear communication, good management of the cultural program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Extremely nice family, good neighborhood overlooking the river

* Food:

German food by default is not great. But the Italian food here is top notch! Berlin has so many different kinds of food so do try a lot of things.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Trips to Berlin's cultural and historical sites

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Great. NO issue

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? 100 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Berlin is a cheap city compared to other cosmopolitan cities in Europe.


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

Language acquisition improvement?

Host family, teacher, classmates

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 do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you have more money, please do yourself a favor and go to Munich. The landscape is a lot more interesting (there's rivers, mountain, tons of stuff to do), the land is SO much wealthier. Berlin's so poor it's not even funny after a while. Though Berlin is a very interesting and eclectic city with lots of history, so it's worth knowing. But after having lived in both cities, Munich's my favorite by a mile.