Best Year of My Life in Germany Past Review

By (Neurobiology, Neurosciences, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/15/2014 to 08/04/2015 with

Wayne State University: Junior Year in Munich

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My language skills and understanding of German culture improved dramatically, I gained extremely valuable research experience related to my major (Neuroscience) and I developed a number of extremely meaningful friendships.

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* 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)

$100 per week was usually sufficient

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $100 each week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go grocery shopping more than eating out!

Language

* 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

Simply living in Munich and taking courses taught in German necessitated and fostered the improvement of language skills, but more German could have been spoken outside of class.

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? 400 level German seminar
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? Don't stop speaking the language when you leave the classroom! Try to speak as much German with your friends as you can.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The other students
  • The instructors
  • The freedom and encouragement to travel
* What could be improved?
  • More encouragement to speak German outside of class (language pledge?)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? In the beginning, they advise that you budget 500 Euro per month, but if you're smart with your money, you can get by on much less.

Individual Course Reviews

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General Theories in Intercultural Communication

Course Department: Cultural/Social Sciences
Instructor: Ivett Guntersdorfer/Alois Müller
Instruction Language: German
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Introduction to Biological Psychology

Course Department: Biological Sciences/Psychology
Instructor: Paul Sauseng
Instruction Language: German
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Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Course Department: Cultural/Social Sciences
Instructor: Ivett Guntersdorfer
Instruction Language: German
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Advanced German Grammar I

Course Department: German
Instructor: Sandra Bakker
Instruction Language: German
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Introduction to Developmental Neuropsychology

Course Department: Biological Sciences/Psychology
Instructor: Lydia Unterberger
Instruction Language: German
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History of Art in Munich

Course Department: German
Instructor: Imke Gloth
Instruction Language: German
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Neuroimaging Focused Research

Course Department: TUM-Neuroimaging Center
Instructor: Kathrin Koch
Instruction Language: English
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Advanced German Grammar II

Course Department: German
Instructor: Sandra Bakker
Instruction Language: German
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Munich and National Socialism

Course Department: German
Instructor: Barbara Rice
Instruction Language: German
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Philosophy of Mind

Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Richard Dawid
Instruction Language: English
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