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Since I’ve always had a great passion for foreign countries and am also very interested in the English language, it was clear to me that I would like to go abroad at some point. In the end I decided to go to the USA. Since my university in Germany does not have a partner university in the USA, MicroEDU was recommended to me and I have to say that the best decision was to go abroad through MicroEDU. First I read through some information and then emailed MicroEDU. It quickly became clear that I would start my semester abroad through this organization. You get all the documents promptly and quickly and then you can start with the organization. A checklist is also enclosed, which is very helpful so that you really don’t forget anything. You should take care of the flight and health insurance as early as possible, as the flight is usually cheaper and the health insurance takes some time (I was insured through Allianz). I decided on the CSUEB in Hayward on the one hand because I really wanted to go to California and on the other hand because it was the university with the cheapest tuition fees. In preparation I can only say, start organizing early on and you will have no problems whatsoever. I decided on the CSUEB in Hayward on the one hand because I really wanted to go to California and on the other hand because it was the university with the cheapest tuition fees. In preparation I can only say, start organizing early on and you will have no problems whatsoever. I decided on the CSUEB in Hayward on the one hand because I really wanted to go to California and on the other hand because it was the university with the cheapest tuition fees. In preparation I can only say, start organizing early on and you will have no problems whatsoever.

Living:

Since the dormitory at CSUEB was unfortunately already full and American students are preferred there too, I decided to live in the City View Apartments. The CSUEB and MicroEDU will support you in looking for an apartment. I was more than satisfied with the City Views, of course it wasn’t exactly cheap (almost $ 500 per person paid) and you had to share a room so that the costs remained a bit low, which was not a problem for me, but there are a pool, gym, jacuzzi free of charge. I was lucky and met super nice girls through our Facebook group with whom I then rented an apartment. Many other Germans also lived in the complex, all of whom were at the CSUEB via MicroEDU. The university’s free shuttle to the city is always close to the apartments. Supermarkets and movie theaters as well as restaurants were all to be found in Hayward. From the apartments you could walk to the university in 10-15 minutes, which was also very pleasant as we didn’t have a car. In conclusion, I can only say that the City Views are really great and I can only recommend them.

Personally, I liked the university in the USA and it was also fun, but the system there is completely different than in Germany. At the beginning there was an Orientation Day, which we expected a lot from, but unfortunately we were a bit disappointed. You get to know all the other Germans and you can make contacts, but unfortunately you don’t learn a lot about the organization and how to choose the courses. Instead, you have a one-hour lecture about alcohol consumption and have to take two tests online on the subject of alcohol during the semester (don’t worry without a grade). “Class crashing” then took place in the following 1 ½ weeks. During this time you should look at as many courses as possible and get the signatures of the professors so that, if there is still a space available, comes into the course. The American students were all allowed to enroll in courses before us internationals and we then had to look in which courses there was still space. So it was not sure whether you really get the courses you wanted. On a due date you have to queue up at the office early in the morning to get a code for the signatures you have collected, with which you can then register online. But be careful, only enroll in as many courses as you need, because you have to take all of them for which you are enrolling. In the end everything worked out for me and I got the courses I wanted. In general, studying in the USA is associated with more effort. You write a mid term after half of the quarter and the final exam at the end. During the quarter you also have to give assignments (small chores) and presentations. It is clearly more stressful, but I found it generally better because you always stay in the material and don’t just have to study for an exam at the end. What I didn’t like that much, however, was the university itself. The university is more of a commuter university, so many students drove home straight after the lectures and there wasn’t as much “being proud” of the university as one had actually thought. You didn’t notice anything about basketball games or other activities at the university and what was also a shame was that the CSUEB doesn’t have a football team, which is actually typically American.

My courses:

Marketing Principles at Anja Simms. Generally good, although I already had everything in Germany, but she used more recent examples. You write 2 exams and have to hold 3 assignments and 1 group presentation. It sounds like a lot, but it can be done very well and they grade very, very fairly.

Marketing Research with Prof. Watson. You wrote 2 exams, you have to work on 2 projects and read a whole book to which you can take notes and take them with you to the exams.

Business, Government & Society with Prof. Raj Shea. I can only recommend this course. The professor is very, very nice and also very popular with the students. You also have to write 2 exams, write 4 assignments and do 1 quiz. Best course I’ve had.

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Life and free time:

Generally I can only say go to California. Life there is just like a dream. Hayward itself didn’t have much to offer except a movie theater and a good restaurant (Buffallo Bills). Directly in Hayward, however, was the Bart Station, the train that takes you to San Francisco within 1 hour. San Fran can only be recommended. This city is unique and has so much to offer. What you have to keep in mind, however, is usually to pack a jacket, as SF is always relatively cold and windy, which you don’t really think of California. The prices are very different. SF was quite expensive, but every dollar was worth it. Around SF there are also great outlet malls where you can Jspend many hours.

It is definitely worth planning some time before and after the semester to travel. During the semester I also did a few weekend trips, but the best were road trips before and after the semester. Before the semester I drove all the way down Highway 1 to San Diegi and after the semester I was in Hawaii (paradise on earth) for 1 week and then in a lot of national parks.

Conclusion:

A semester abroad in the USA is the best thing you can do. I had the best time there and met a lot of Germans and Americans and I really want to go back. If you can accept compromises, the CSUEB is very good. Life over there is relatively expensive but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

California State University, East Bay 5