A Year in Munich -- Rewarding and Life Changing Past Review

By (International Business/German, Trinity University) for

Wayne State University: Junior Year in Munich

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
100%. It matured me in ways that only a study abroad experience can. I will always look back on this year as the best and most rewarding. I am counting down the days until I can move back and start my post-collegiate life there.

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.

The workload was much less than what I was used to at my home university. However I appreciated that I didn't spend hours a day doing work because that allowed me to go and experience the culture, travel and get involved in sports/programs and that it what studying abroad should be about!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program directors were willing to help us in any way they could, whether it be opening a bank account or looking for job opportunities. This was made possible by the small program size (about 25 full year students and 30 semester students) because they were able to offer individual attention to anyone who needed it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We lived in a student apartment complex that was the perfect environment for meeting both local and international students. The location was conveniently located near bus and train stations so it was easy to get to wherever you needed to go. The city park was also right behind the buildings which was perfect for any and all athletic activities or if you wanted to spend the afternoon laying in the grass along the river or enjoy a beer in a Biergarten. Our program provided the opportunity to buy "packages" from previous students that included cookware, electronics, bedding, etc, really anything that you could want to make your apartment feel like home. This was extremely beneficial and convenient to incoming students.

* Food:

We had our own kitchen in our aparments and a grocery store down the street so cooking was easy and convenient.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Traveling in Europe is incredibly easy, affordable and convenient. Most weekends we would plan a trip--sometimes just a quick train ride down to the Alps for a hike and sometimes a cheap flight over to Spain or France. Also, the nightlife in Munich is INCREDIBLE.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Our program set us up with German health insurance so we had no problems going to German doctors. Munich is one of the safest cities in Europe. I never felt in danger, even if it was 3 in the morning in the subway station. No need to worry about being alone at night!

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

All of our coursework was in German, which was extremely beneficial since German was needed in our everyday life. Although most people in Germany speak English, most were very willing to converse in German and help you with your language skills.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location
  • Social Opportunities
  • Cultural Immersion
* What could be improved?
  • ???
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you can, GO FOR THE FULL YEAR! Doing a semester will only leave you wishing you had more time. This program is perfect for the student who wants to be immersed in the culture, learn the language and have time/opportunity to travel. If you want a rigorous courseload and to spend your days studying in the library, this program isn't for you!