Don't Do It, Go anywhere else January 29, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/27/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

Jacobs University: Bremen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I could take a semester off from school while still getting credit by attending this host university

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

classes are a joke

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I got left behind in another country on a school sponsored trip and the administration failed to reach out and assist

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

my roommate was a chain smoker, my neighbor was a weed dealer, and my hall mates left trash outside their doors for months

* Food:

fight to stay off the meal plan, failed to meet dietary restrictions and limited options

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

mcdonalds is the go to in Bremen

* 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? No

Finances

* 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? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? stay off the meal plan and get your money back for that part of the trip

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I got to leave and travel
* What could be improved?
  • Housing Questionnaire to Prevent living with a chain smoker
  • Meal Plan options/ ability to opt out due to dietary restrictions
  • More Wellesley only classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to go

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.