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UGA Exchange - Heidelberg University : Reviews (Heidelberg)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Program Evaluation
Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
German healthcare is amazing. No worrying if a certain service is covered, no huge deductibles or copays. It can take a few days to see a doctor, but compared to the US system, it's the best thing ever.

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
I felt safer in Heidelberg than I did in Athens, because young adults in Europe actually know how to deal with alcohol and there isn't a big football or party culture.

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
Students in Germany spend less time in actual class and more time working outside of class, so it's definitely different from UGA, but it's manageable if you're careful and pay attention..

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
Heidelberg is well situated for travel to southern France, northern Italy, and Austria. There's also a lot of things to see in Heidelberg itself. It's a very pretty town.

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
Room was a good size, and the kitchen was well outfitted. Kitchen was a little dirty and needed cleaning. Clothes washing facilities were only a three minute walk away. Washers and dryers were a little expensive. Housing very secure, electronic card readers at the front door of the building, the door of each of apartment, and the door each individual room.

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
University of Heidelberg offers no meal plans, but I had a kitchen with a stove, oven, and microwave. Eating in the dining is greatly discounted for students ($0.80 per 100 grams) and the food is good.

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
Heidelberg has an old castle and prison that can be toured. Many reasonably priced excursions to surrounding areas were offered both by the university and exchange student organizations such as AEGEE.

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
Which the scholarships provided by both UGA and the German state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, I only ended up spending about $3000 of my own money during the entire year. And it's definitely possible to do it for cheaper. For example, I travelled a lot, so that ended up being quite a bit of money.

 

Sophie Lynn Binney, Academic Year 2016 Participant
If you're a language or linguistics major, it's more than worth it to study in a country where your language is spoken, especially if you're not a native speaker. You won't regret it.