Becoming Bayrisch Past Review

By (Austin College) - abroad from 09/28/2011 to 07/28/2012 with

Wayne State University: Junior Year in Munich

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained many friendships with this experience, and I also learned a dialect of the language I'm learning. I truly think it was worthwhile.

Review Photos

Wayne State University: Munich - Ludwig-Maximilian-Univ of Munich Photo

Personal Information

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was provided with a small, yet comfy, apartment. It had everything I needed.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since LMU is also an international school, I have met many other students from across the world there.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The Health Care System is considerably better here in Germany.

* Safety:

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)

Europe is very expensive with the exchange rate. I was unable to do the budget that Austin College provided for me, because it wasn't possible after the exchange rate to only spend $3 on per meal.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* 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? About $100 or more
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stock up on healthier foods here in Germany. They're cheaper than junk food,and can prepare a variety of different meals for yourself (Provided you can cook)


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I completed a Senior Level German course.
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? Find a friend in the country you're in that has the same interests as you do. You'll have a lot to talk about, and you can pick up the language as you interact together.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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
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?
  • Professors
  • Enviorment
  • Course Options
* What could be improved?
  • Planning of Group Trips
  • Better Explanation of Tasks
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about the festivals that take place locally more, so I could be better prepared for when they come.