Marburg, Germany Opened My Eyes to a Whole New World Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) for

Philipps-Universit├Ąt / University of Marburg: Marburg -International Undergraduate Study Program / IUSP

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I learned so much about myself. I changed for the better. I am far more outgoing, and I always want to go on a new adventure now. I am so excited for my future becuase I know after stuyding abroad I can do anything.

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.

The workload was average. The grading system fair. The teaching methods were good. The difference in education was I was forced to speak German while in classes at UWL I didn't learn as much German because I was not forced to speak it unless I wanted to answer a question.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I had a lot of fun, and I would never change anything!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Never ever again will I live in Fuchspas. It was awful. I had an amazing Hausfrau, and some great neighbors, but I hated the bathroom situation. It just always felt dirty. The kitchen didn't have any pots or pans to cook, so I always had to cook at my friends dorms.

* Food:

Dine at the Mensa. It has everything for lunch, but go out for dinner or cook in your dorms. It is cheaper that way.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The IUSP program really did a great job in allowing us to learn the culutre. We did a lot of fun trips to Berlin, Weimar, and Nuremberg. We also had plenty of time to travel ourselves. I was able to visit: Mainz, Heidelberg, Munich, Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris, Edinburgh, Dublin, Prague, Rome, Venice, and Florence. All amazing experiences.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There were literally no police anywhere. It is the safest place you will ever live.

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)

Language

* 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?

Well most people spoke English because that was the common language among all the international students. I did have to speak German in daily situations. For example, I used it at stores, bakeries, resturants, and train stations. I only practiced the language in class, but I did get a tandum partner, which really helped me become more fluent.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people and the place
* What could be improved?
  • The bus transportation system
  • Internet in my dorm room :(
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A student that doesn't fear stepping outside of their comfort zone. They do help you a lot in the beginning of the experience, but they let you go, so you can experience it all for yourself. It also helps if you are optimistic :D

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

There's Magic in the Air

Course Department: English
Instructor: Imke Kimple
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging because they expected a lot out of native English speakers. The teacher thought she knew everything, and your ideas weren't valid.
Credit Transfer Issues: No not yet :D