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EU Studies, European Business and IR - Spring & Fall

This next semester, study abroad at the European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany. With a focus on helping students gain a deep knowledge of the European Union yet being...

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European Study Center (ESC) Heidelberg Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

    6

My experience in Heidelberg

The ESC staff was incredibility supportive and helped me and the other students adapt to a new place very well. I was very homesick at first because I miss my friends and family, but the ESC showed us what we could do in the area. I then took advantage of the unique aspects of Heidelberg. I especially love hiking up the mountain in order to overlook the castle and city. The ESC provides weekly excursions that really help to immerse one in the culture and learn a lot. The ESC is open to feedback and the staff is so friendly and approachable. They will help with anything one asks about, they even helped me to plan independent trips. This was a great opportunity that I would highly recommend to anyone.

Program: EU Studies, European Business and IR - Spring & Fall

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Life changing experiences

I went into this study aboard program blindly, and came out with experiences that will forever change my life. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and interact with people who live and seek asylum in Germany. I learned to quickly adapt to the nuances and customs of the German lifestyle. As well as open myself to new experiences from eating different foods, traveling, meeting new people, hiking, and much more. The wonderful aspect of where I resided in Heidelberg was that many people spoke English. Although many people rather speak with you in the language you were most familiar with, they were willing to patiently allow you to practice your German. If anything, they were impressed. This trip also allowed me to develop a sense of self and independence living on my own. My advice to anyone studying abroad would be to open yourself to new experiences, don't be afraid to talk to unfamiliar people, and really take advantage of any opportunities to travel! During your time you will be interacting and studying with people from within and out of the U.S., take this as an opportunity to develop relationships with the people around you. I hope you enjoy your experience abroad as much as I did!

Program: EU Studies, European Business and IR - Spring & Fall

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

A semester abroad

There is something humbling about stepping off of an airplane and suddenly becoming illiterate. Every experience is new, and the situations that one may encounter help define who you are. Studying abroad in Heidelberg was filled with such situations. From trying to order food entirely in German, to navigating public transportation. I never felt unwelcome, or unsafe when staying in Heidelberg. The classes were not unnecessarily difficult, yet still challenged me to think. The scheduling of classes allowed for time to travel, or to just hang around the city and mingle with other students and people. It was an incredible experience, and words alone cannot do it justice. I wouldn't trade the friendships that I forged, or the experiences that I made for anything in the world.

Program: EU Studies, European Business and IR - Spring & Fall

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Best decision ever made

Studying abroad is honestly life changing. Probably the funnest semester I've ever had. The classes were easy going which made it easier to travel. The students there were amazing and definitely became family. It didn't take long to make our new living feel like home, while the atmosphere brings so much comfort. Theres always something to do in the area, and I have never found a moment where I was bored. Overall a great experience. I felt as if i found myself, and I definitely recommend this to everyone. You would meet great people and create the best of memories. Im so happy I made the choice of studying here. Coming back is mandatory for me.

Program: EU Studies, European Business and IR - Spring & Fall

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Community

    7

Worth it

I was raised to believe most any experience can be a good experience if you learn from it right. Study Abroad is no different. It has its ups and downs, and like it or not, it doesn't stay as romantic as it looks in brochures and travel guides. And maybe that's the best part about it. It's life. In America, we have this idea called, "The Real World", and, "getting out into it". Being independent (not necessarily alone) in another country has given me the opportunity to see that I'm in the real world. I always have been. And I learned that from riding this intercultural roller coaster. It was scary. It was difficult. It was beautiful. And, hot damn, it was worth it.

Program: EU Studies, European Business and IR - Spring & Fall

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