Heidelberg: 7 Long Months - Baden Württemberg Exchange Past Review

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Heidelberg University: Heidelberg - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that going abroad isn't for everybody.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Stuttgart, University of Heidelberg
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.

Grading system is difficult, harder than in the states.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were never around.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My dorm in Heidelberg was absolutely awful. I lived in a construction site for months.

* Food:

Supermarkets take getting used to, expect a lot of meat.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The trips out of Stuttgart were cool. Once I got to Heidelberg, I didn't see any sort of outings. At least the surrounding area was nice.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I made it back.

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)


* 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?

Everyone spoke English mostly. It's a tourist town.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • It was only 7 months
* What could be improved?
  • More communication
  • Tell people the truth about living conditions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you have a problem with shyness, don't go.