An amazing experience! - BCA Marburg - Philipps University Past Review

By (International Business., Elizabethtown College) - abroad from 03/12/2011 to 07/22/2011 with

Study Abroad in Germany! Programs and Reviews!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Confidence and experience. Yes, studying abroad was entirely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

All of the BCA courses that I participated in were very good, and the Phillips University classes were likewise very good.

* 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?

I lived not only with German students but with many other international students, which provided an overall rich cultural experience. It was very easy to meet German students in town, at restaurants, and in classes.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare was readily available and it was very easy to see doctors and get prescriptions. I was able to "walk-in" to see the doctor without having to wait very long.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 euro


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? German 311
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Meet local Germans

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Credits transferred easily
  • Two locations - Austria & Germany
  • Tuition exchange program
* What could be improved?
  • Housing could have been better if I lived with a host family.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack lighter. Be more outgoing.