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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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4.23 / 5 based on 233 reviews
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jpnetzel
Drake University, Des Moines, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
3.8/5
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 grew in language proficiency. It was dificult at times but an incredable learning experience.
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jpnetzel
Drake University, Des Moines, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
The opportunity for travel was greater so I had too spend more and take advantage of being abroad. I to use the telephone as little as possible because of outrageous charges.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing, Overall, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
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
no
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jpnetzel
Drake University, Des Moines, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
More diversity is needed. There was overlap in a great deal of the courses, which is good, however, sometimes there was just too much overlap.
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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
There was too much work lumped together. The workload needs to be more evenly distribueted throughout the 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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jpnetzel
Drake University, Des Moines, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
4.3/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
No, I was very well prepared for the whole experience.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Get involved and go out after whatever you want because all the resources are there. I highly recommend Humboldt.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Travel in Eastern Europe as much as possible, its cheaper and there are lots of cool things to see. Have an open mind in everything you do. Go outside your comfort zone that's a big part of studying abroad
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jpnetzel
Drake University, Des Moines, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I found a little hole in the wall bar called Acud that had great live music and an ecclectic clientel. There are cafes everywhere and events going on all the time. Berlin is a city full of life.
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jpnetzel
Drake University, Des Moines, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: With a family
Why?
Living with a family gives one more of chance to hear the language and to use it on a daily basis.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The housing was fine. I have no complaints. The location was great. However, I know of other students inthe program who did not have as good of an experience as I did.
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