Loved Germany! Amazing country and had a blast in the country May 13, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/01/2017 to 12/08/2017 with

Jacobs University: Bremen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Totally worthwhile. I grew a lot

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

Administration was not good. A person in the office used inappropriate language when talking with me and made me feel very uncomfortable and not safe. I am really unhappy and appalled that he was hired to work in the administration office. The person checking me out was also very rude and scary. The head off the international office was very friendly aboard. However, I really question the way she handled the person working for her who used inappropriate language and made unwanted advances.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Room and bathroom very awesome! Hallway was filled with trash and bugs

* Food:

No allergy markings. No gluten free options. No labeling. Nuts placed in everything and were not labeled that they were in there

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Loved Germany and my host family and the culture. Had a really hard time being intergrated into Jacobs.

* 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

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? More money would be needed for Hamburg

Language

* 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

The program in Hamburg was amazing!! The language program at Jacobs was awful.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Germany
  • Hamburg Program
  • Professor Oakes Biochemistry class
* What could be improved?
  • Jacobs Administration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That Jacobs was outside of Bremen

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.