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Fachhochschule Aachen

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4.10 / 5 based on 103 reviews
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I am a student in World Culture and Business. I have chosen to focus on German studies, therefore, I came to Germany for my study abroad experience. I had only studied German for one year before I went to Germany. When I first came in July, I participated in a month long intensive language course in Eichstaett, Germany. I believe this helped me prepare for Aachen. By the time I made it to Aachen, I already had a feel for the German culture. I was very much at ease with everyday life in Germany. I had alread traveled and used my knowledge of the German language. I believe that my experiences in class and simply out in everyday life have greatly increased my interests in the German language and culture. I have really enjoyed my experience here, and I only want to learn more and keep furthering my German studies.
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Obviously I spent more on my telephone bill because I am always calling my family in the US. I spent more on nightlife and travel because here all of the international students are alone. We are now like a family because we won't be able to see our families for a while. We always are going out together and traveling together. We try to stay busy so that times passes maybe a little quicker, and so that we are also always having fun. I feel that I spend less on food here because the grocery stores are much cheaper and I have also found some relatively cheap restaurants in our area.
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Telephone, Travel, Nightlife, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
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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
none
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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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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
5.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had brought extra umbrellas. It is always raining in Aachen, and I always seem to misplace my umbrella. I wish that I had about 20 extra.
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
It is hard to find relative English courses toward your degree in the United States. I believe if you are going to come to Aachen to study, you should have a general knowledge of the German language. They do have a language course offered to help, but you should definately already have a background in the language. This will enable you to take classes in German and to speak with the other students and general public. I think it would make your stay much more pleasant and would ease your daily tasks.
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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
Trains in Germany are much cheaper when traveling in groups. They have specials for 2 to 5 people. If you are planning on doing weekend travel or day trips, always try to find a group to go with you. Also, if you are coming from the US and want to travel in Europe quite a bit, I recommend the Eurail passes. I used the German Eurail Pass. It was worth every penny!! I traveled all over Germany for 10 days and visited about 20 cities. I only had to pay about $220. It would have been so much more expensive if I would have simply bought each ticket separately.
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities, Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
There is a street in Aachen called Pontstrasse. There are many cafes and bars. Many nights there were different parties for students here during happy hour and so on. There are also two pretty good clubs in the city that are definately the hot spots after about 12:00 pm.
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bkc0984
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, United States
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Fachhochschule Aachen
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I like having an apartment of my own. However, I would like to live in a different part of town and in a bigger room. My room is very small, and still more expensive than larger apartments that I have seen while in Aachen.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I thought they did the best that they could do. They had so many students come and the same time from all over the world. They didn't know any of us, and they simply had to place us in some type of housing. I consider myself lucky just to have a place to stay that is relatively cheap.
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