Past Review

By (Civil Engineering., The University of Texas at Austin) for

Technical University of Munich: Munich - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was an amazing experience, and for sure worthwhile. It made me understand how the europeans have a whole other conception of how the world should be. It also helped me narrow my choices for graduate school.

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.

Grading system: on final test, very hard on exchange students as it is very tempting to leave everything to last. Classes are huge at the Bachelors level, for Master courses the classes are simpler, sometimes in English, smaller, and more student-professor interaction. Most of the learning is done out of the classroom by your own.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

VERY VERY helpful, Dr. Linda Conrad was a very helpful advisor and administrator, made life simple.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Studentenstadt, Blaues Haus Very simple dorm with own kitchenette, own bathroom (very ugly one), and walk-in closet. not very big. Building not very nice, but full of students (its a huge 3000 student housing complex). There was a restaurant-bar just at the side of my building with amazing prices (a pint of Guinness only 2.60 euros, a whole meal 3.80 euros), next to the famous Englischer Garten (huge beautiful park, bigger than Central Park in NYC) <br /><br /> Housing was arranged by the host university, very safe, not very nice, in the same Subway line as all the universities, awesome nightlife (as there were lots of parties)

* Food:

German food is neither the best, nor of the greatest quality... Beer though is amazing.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

awesome nighlife, beer culture, very friendly internationals, Beergartens offer an excellent opportunity to meet Germans of all sorts and ages. Munich is very central, so acces to all of Europe was great, I attended the Oktoberfest, its AMAZING. Bavaria is very traditional, and you still see people in lederhosens (and lots of them in Oktoberfest and May Day).

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

German health system is great, never had a problem myself, but I know it. As of safety, you never see anybody stealing anything, violent crimes are unheard of, and Police reactions is impressive.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No, the program is very simple, and most costs are related to your own expense


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
Language acquisition improvement?

First of all, if you don't feel like it, you might as well never need German in Germany, everyone under 30 knows English. However, if you feel like learning the language, then try first to hang out with locals. On the other hand most internationals are very eager in learning German, so its easy to practice and improve the language (most of my conversations were completely in German). Avoid lazy people who have no interest in the language. READ the newspaper, WATCH german tv (although it may be boring). I only took one year of German before coming to Germany, and a year after arriving, my German is almost fluent.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

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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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? JUST DO IT!

Individual Course Reviews

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German as Foreign Language

Course Department: Sprachzentrum
Instructor: Koch
Instruction Language: German
Comments: German course, very good, good place to meet other internationals.
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Risk Analysis

Course Department: Engineering Risk Analysis Group
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Straub
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very good course, excellent professor, very interesting and a very knowledgeable professor with international experience. Class small, and therefore excellent interaction with the professor. Master's level.
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Grundkurs Grundbau und Bodenmechanik (Geotech Engineering intro course)

Course Department: Lehrstuhl Grundbau
Instructor: Dont remember
Instruction Language: German
Comments: like Bauprozess in all aspects, except it pretended to teach lab procedures without ever going to the lab. Otherwise very interesting.
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Infrastructure Design

Course Department: Lehrstuhl Verkehrswegebau
Instructor: Dr. Lechner
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very well rounded master's course on the design of rail tracks and country roads, focusing on track signaling, station design, road alignment and CAD Design. Offered an excursion to the construction site of a nearby PPP Federal Highway. Small class full of international master students.
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Grunkurs Bauprozessmanagement (Construction Project Management intro course)

Course Department: Lehrstuhl Inmobilien- und Bauprozessmanagement
Instructor: Dr. Josef Zimmerman
Instruction Language: German
Comments: 200+ students, interesting, demanding, includes some German Building Law topics, offered an excursion to a office building construction site
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Basics of Transportation Engineering (Grundkurs Verkehrstechnik und Verkehrsplanung)

Course Department: Lehrstuhl Verkehrstechnik
Instructor: Dr. Wulfhorst
Instruction Language: German
Comments: Very demanding course, covered lots of topics in very general way, very hard test with extremely specific questions. Class size 200+. Interesting, however, and very up-to-date. German transportation systems and planing is impressive. Offered an excursion to an area to be urbanized at the surroundings of Munich
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