I will never have an experience like I did in Paderborn! Past Review

By (Accounting, Illinois State University) for

Paderborn University: Paderborn - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely!! I learned a lot about how I handle new things and how I adapt to the unfamiliar. This experience has shown me how much I love learning about new cultures and the history of different cities. It has also taught me that I love traveling and I will definitely be back in Europe some day.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: N/A
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.

the grading was much harder than at Illinois State.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The housing cordinator was unorganized!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

the housing I was offered was very nice and much like an apartment at home.

* Food:

the food was very good. But my diet changed a lot while I was here because of the cultural difference between Germany and the US. There was a lot of bread and bratwurst!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to see a lot of Europe and loved different things about each country I visited. I had fun and learned a lot!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never had any health issues asside from a cold and it wa very easy to get medicine and a local pharmacy. Safety was never an issue! I felt very comfortable in Paderborn!

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? 50 euros on average
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? set a budget early and stick to it!! Only make exceptions for trips that you and whoever is helping pay for your trip have agreed upon.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

In the classroom. I didn not know enough german to speak it in everyday conversation. Most everyone spoke english.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? if you are open to the unfamiliar and excited to learn another culture in a small town, then Paderborn is a great program.