Good experience in a supportive environment Past Review

By (Haverford College) - abroad from 08/21/2019 to 12/14/2019 with

IES Abroad: Berlin - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
yes see above question

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.

The program was not very academically intense - this was good given the other stresses of living abroad and taking classes in a foreign language

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very organized

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The "home-stay" I was a part of was what you might imagine with a family... It was more like living with someone who needs a roommate.

* Food:

Students are responsible for their own food, but there's plenty to eat in Berlin

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Student assistants were very helpful

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Easily accessible and I received great support from the program

* Safety:

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

I felt like I got what I wanted to from the experience. I greatly improved my language abilities, got to know the culture better than I expected, and met a number of people who changed my viewpoint.


* 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? A little over $100... I was frugal, but this could probably be even lower


* 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

All classes were conducted in German - English was used more by some professors than others

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? German Film seminar
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Go on dating apps, join sports teams, get to know locals. Just talk.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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?
  • Not overly rigorous - gave me free time in the city
  • Helpful staff with recommendations
  • Included travel opportunities around and outside Berlin
* What could be improved?
  • Some professors were... unconventional
  • Syllabi were greatly modified after we arrived
  • My living situation was not ideal
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Grading is not very harsh - it's not worth stressing out over assignments too much

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!