Germany: 7 months of great memories and great friends! Past Review

By (Accountancy, Illinois State University) for

Paderborn University: Paderborn - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Never judge a book by its color. I have never met so many amazing people out here. I know I will keep in contact with all of them.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strengths- Faculty and Staff were extremely helpful. Buddy program helped get all my living situation settled in. Weakness- unorganized with selecting courses.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartment Included - Kitchenware, Bed, Desk, Wardrobe, Shelving. Needed to buy Sheets, Towels, Toiletries, Curtains, Hair Dryer Apartment was right across from University. Most International Students lived in this apartment complex.

* Food:

Eat at the Mensa. It is simple to cook food at your apartment. There are two grocery stores conveniently located by Vogeliusweg (student apartments).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Uniparties, Tuesday night bar crawls with Erasmus students. Weekend trips provided by Eurobiz.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I have never experienced being uncomfortable while walking home late at night. The Germans are very nice and have not fell into an incident where I did not feel safe.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around 50 Euros a month. It varies week-to-week due to traveling, rent, nightlife, going out to dinner.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You will feel like you lose a lot of money after paying rent each month. Traveling can be quite expensive. Make sure to stay in Hostels, CouchSurfing, Ryanair.. in order to save money.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

3-Month Intensive Language Course, Most people spoke English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Any student that is willing to come out of their shell and experience new things. You take out as much as you put in it.