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By (Environmental Economics, German, Middlebury College) - abroad from 04/16/2012 to 07/21/2012 with

Wayne State University: Junior Year in Munich

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

It is tough to entirely answer this question considering I have no idea what my final grades will look like. Its possible that I should have worked much harder. It is also very possible that I could have worked less.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful. Always available and constantly updating the program with important dates, deadlines and notices.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great. We were living on a student campus with 4000 other students. Easy to meet people and good atmosphere.

* Food:

Obviously depends how much you want to spend. If you do not mind cooking then you can always have a great cheap meal.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not bad not great. I was only in Germany for a semester.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had any, however, it seemed very easy and accessible.

* Safety:

Totally safe. No one in the program had any problems that I was aware of.

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)

Munich is expensive an you have to budget appropriately, however, the tuition to JYM was significantly lower than Middleburys tuition.

* 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? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do your own cooking.


* 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 312
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? Be ambitious

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?

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  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Good Living situation
  • good course selection
* What could be improved?
  • One of my teachers wasnt very organized
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing. i felt totally prepared