Awesome Past Review

By (Longwood University) - abroad from 05/25/2016 to 07/03/2016 with

Hampden-Sydney College: The Münster Summer Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more about myself and what i love in life. I will always treasure my experience over there.

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.

I learned some new things, but most of it was more like review to me.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

When we were by ourselves and out in the city the cultural experience was great. What i didn't like was that we went to a lot of museums about religion. I understand that religion is very important for Germany, but i think that we spent too much time on it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

I would so do this program again, but i just wish that the classes will be better.


* 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? I may have spent $1,000. But most of that was put to me buying gifts for others.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No not really. I went in with money and i kinda didn't plan ahead.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 102
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? I advise future participants to just speak the language. I didn't do that much because i was so scared to speak it wrong. Many people are very friendly and will help you if you mess up. You shouldn't be scared. That's why your'e there to learn and grow.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Culture
  • Food
  • Life long experiences
* What could be improved?
  • My speaking fluently
  • The plan outings
  • How classes were run
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To plan better at spending money. Also i wish i knew to just letting go of my nervousness of just speaking. If i did that i could've had a better time.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!