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FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft

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Cynthia L
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The cost of living is higher in Germany than in Mexico. For travel, I did it more often than at my home country.
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Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Food, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Not may bank machines around the city. The student dorms have the very basic items so I had to buy or borrow much more and in the end give them away or throw them to the garbage.
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Cynthia L
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
The courses offered for International students are only available for them so is hard to interact with local students.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
I would suggest more interaction between local and international students as well as professors. More courses available, and a bit more work during the semester because students are graded on the basis of a single project (not so difficult) during the whole semester.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Cynthia L
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
A bit more of the local language, I only took a short course before, which was not enough.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
I believe they need a bit mor of organization. The people in the IP Office should be able to speak other language besides german to make communication easier. Offer more extra-curricular activities such sports, workshops, foreign languages courses.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Always travel in groups, 2 to 5 people is ok, more than that is crazy. Look for hostels, and discounts, you can get good deals. Germany is a beautiful country, get to know it in advance, read about the culture so you can enjoy everything the country offers.
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Cynthia L
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The professor in charge of teaching the local language (german) was not clear all the time, so it was hard to understand her, it was also a bit frustrating because she didn't create the correct environment to learn (she laughed at the students when they made a mistake, causing some students to drop the course)
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Cynthia L
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: Student dorms out of campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Student dorms out of campus
Why?
Good environment, many choices available, surrounded by people with alike interests, cultural exchange.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
New built dorms, in a very good shape, far from the city center, close from the university, all services available.
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Cynthia L
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Irish Pub (Karaoke Might), Internationa, Parties at students dorms, parties at school... not many clubs available
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