Moving past myself: How mirrors aren't mirrors. Past Review

By (Linguistics., Truman State University) for

Wayne State University: Junior Year in Munich

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was worthwhile. I enjoyed my time in Germany and I learned a lot about both Germans and myself.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Based on the fact that the host country administration of my study abroad program was comprised of native Germans, they had a great deal of insight and advice for situations that came up.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment came unfurnished, but I was able to acquire things with relative ease. The neighborhood I lived in was predominantly student-based, very safe, although a fair ways away from the center of town and the university.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Being in Munich, Bavaria, one of the biggest draws was Oktoberfest at the beginning of the year. I also enjoyed taking part in the traditional forms of culture, such as beer-drinking in older style taverns as well as hiking and biking with fellow students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Germany is a very safe place to live and study. It is comparable to the United States, if not even surpassing, in its levels of health care and 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent anywhere from 50 to 100 Euros a week on food and personal expenses, although that number varied a great deal. As I finally settled into a lifestyle and had more of a routine, that number went down a great deal. However, things usually come up, so my budget usually kept steady.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be careful how much you spend on food and drink. Europe is fairly expense in those matters. Also, the first option at public transportation may not be the best or cheapest. I found a cheaper ticket that fit my needs and was better for me than the first suggestion I was given.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Prior to traveling to Germany, I had completed the equivalent of four semesters of German language instruction.
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I was required to speak German on a daily basis, and German was used for nearly all social interactions. Many people in Germany can speak English, but vastly prefer to speak German for official situations.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students
* 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 a student is looking for a program to help them study in Germany, then this is a very good program. There are some drawbacks, especially in the areas of costs and finances. For particularly motivated people, I would suggest studying in Germany independently.