Eye opening Past Review

By (University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 03/07/2016 to 08/01/2016 with

University of Northern Iowa: Bamberg - Semester in Bamberg, Germany

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot of other cultures and views. I've studied from the perspective of a German and have found a different way to evaluate global events

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

The Bamberg University International office was very hands off and had us figure a lot out by ourselves

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

No crime

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)

Housing was cheaper in Bamberg and health foods, like fruits and veges, are subsidized so it was cheaper to eat health.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't over buy, you don't want to let food spoil it is a waste.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people, and how open minded they were
  • The vibe of the city, very laid back and student friendly
  • Taking on a new language
* What could be improved?
  • The program its self, staff was very hands off
  • Computer programs used by school
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Everything will work itself out a lot easier then you might expect

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'