The most interesting and exciting semester of my life! Past Review

By (Graphic Design., University of Wisconsin - Stout) - abroad from 03/05/2012 to 07/27/2012 with

ISEP Exchange: Dortmund - Exchange Program at Technische Universit├Ąt Dortmund

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be comfortable in new situations, patience, and a deeper understanding of what I want from my life.

Personal Information

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.

* 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?

* 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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes


* 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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Great community of international students
  • Prime location for travel
  • Local culture away from huge tourist destinations
* What could be improved?
  • More information before arrival
  • More encouragement to speak in German
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to worry so much! Everything is fine, and there will be no problems! Official documents and whatnot are not the problem I thought they would be.