NRCSA in Germany: It is what you make it. Past Review

By (HISTORY., New Mexico State University) for

NRCSA: Munich - German Linguistic Institute

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would go back and study abroad, in Germany, but not with this program. I can better speak the language and have met Germans whose culture is different then my own.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

While I learned a lot and enjoyed my time there, there is really no grading system. You are expected to do your work but if you don't, there are no negative ramifications. I treated the program as if it were one of my university classes in the states; however, many of the others did not and that limited the progress made in class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My guest family (and real family; my mother is German and so I have relatives there) made my trip. The school, both US and Munich, had poor communication skills. They acted like they were doing you a favor, not the other way around. There are several study abroad programs in Germany I could have attended to better my German skills, I chose yours. I am the consumer, you should want to help prepare me for my trip. I did not even get the information about the family I was to stay with until five days before my departure. FIVE DAYS!!! But they had to have their money 3 months ahead... do you see the inequality?

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I was told that I would be housed with a family and would have my breakfast and dinner provided. It turned out that they only provided breakfast. So this was a large added expense. Lucky for me, my guest family was irritated with the information I was given (I brought all my paperwork) and we ended up taking turns cooking dinner. Some nights I cooked for the family (I paid) and other night she provided dinner. It was fantastic, but this was due to Rosewietha, not NRCSA.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The school provided field trips to Salzburg, Flussen, Dachau, fußball games... etc. I did not take advantage of them because I wanted to travel on my own and I also met up with my family.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe. Safer than I do in the US.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I should have been provided correct information regarding the meals and provided with my housing information early enough as to purchase season passes at discounted rates. Also, as the value of the euro changes, the built in expenses fluctuate.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I mostly practiced with my guest family's matron, Rosewitha Earnst-Hey. She was extremely helpful and often explained grammar concepts that were not fully covered in class. I also went out into the small suburban communities around Munich, were tourists did not often go, so that I could speak to the local population and learn how Germans behaved outside of the tourist zones. This helped a lot with my communication skills.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Self driven student. If you need someone to watch you and make sure that you complete your tasks, this is not the program for you. But, if you can monitor your own learning and keep yourself on task, then this program can work for you.