Paderborn: for the better or for worse Past Review

By (Math Education and German, Illinois State University) - abroad from 01/02/2012 to 07/31/2012 with

Paderborn University: Paderborn - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
For sure worthwhile. I learned a lot about other nations and got a small glimpse at what an average university student is like. I learned so much German, I could have learned more tho.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Universität Paderborn
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.

I took courses in German and I was in no way a fluent speaker. I should have taken the DSH B2/C1 morning course instead of lectures.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Peter-Hille-Weg sucks, international students shouldn't live there.

* Food:

Good meat and beer

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was ok, could have been better

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Joining a gym is way too expensive/complicated so i ended up gaining some pounds.

* Safety:

Extremely safe

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)

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* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 40-60 euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? pregame to save money and drink at König's Keller for a cheap bar


* 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? Intermediate
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 213 - German composition
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? talk to yourself in German and try to get some German friends.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • the language program was awesome
  • i loved learning the language
  • the culture was awesome
* What could be improved?
  • housing - Peter Hille Weg is like prision
  • not taking german taught lectures- more DSH course
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish i didnt listen to any advice the past students told us. I wish I realized that Paderborn is in no way a city - its a village. I wish I knew not to take lectures but instead do the crash course (to meet other international students) and to take the DSH morning course (to improve german)