It's what you make of it Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/26/2017 to 06/01/2017 with

Jacobs University: Bremen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about other cultures and how things are different around the world. I also got to travel Europe and conduct my own neuroscience research.

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

This program was ideal for me, because I could take classes in English but live in Germany, and travel around with a special class for exchange students while still meeting people from the whole world.


* 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? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • I really liked the class called German Politics, in which we had four school sponsored trips to other cities/countries.
  • It was very enriching to meet people from all over the world, because it is an international university.
  • The campus is pretty nice, and the town it is in is charming and middle-sized.
* What could be improved?
  • The academic environment was a lot different from that in the United States, and I did not find it as intellectually stimulating or nurturing.
  • It was a little difficult to make friends outside of the other exchange students, you really have to consciously try to meet new people.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known not to take a physics or math course, because they are really difficult there for some reason.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'