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The application process:

… is incredibly extensive and a lot of documents and evidence are required. The many forms are all provided by MicroEDU and you get valuable tips on how to apply. If you have any questions, you will be quickly helped – and there will be questions! The application also includes, for example, the TOEFL test, medical proof, financial proof, various certificates and various documents that have to do with the creation of a visa. Nevertheless: Every second that is put into creating the application is worth it! Another tip: start compiling the documents in good time!

Boston is different from any other American metropolis, which is mainly due to the British influence from the colonial era. Instead of countless skyscrapers you will find so-called brownstone houses, simple but beautiful houses made of brown bricks. The streets are not arranged in a right-angled pattern, as we know it from, for example, New York, Los Angeles or Chicago. Instead of a city that never sleeps, you will find a city where the last public transport stops the engine shortly after midnight. The subway system was put into operation in 1897, making it the oldest in the United States. Around 800,000 people live in Boston during the semesters and it feels like at least half of them are students. In fact, there are around 200,000. The city is known for its universities; in addition to Boston University, Harvard, MIT and 49 other universities are at home here. The “Bostonians” are extremely proud of their city; In addition to real holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day or Patriot’s Day, on which the Boston Marathon traditionally takes place, every day on which the Celtics play basketball or the Red Sox baseball is made a holiday here. Even the extreme temperature fluctuations, from -20 degrees in February to +30 degrees in mid-April, can only tarnish the unbelievable impression that this city leaves for very few. which traditionally takes place the Boston Marathon, every day on which the Celtics basketball or the Red Sox baseball play is made a holiday here. Even the extreme temperature fluctuations, from -20 degrees in February to +30 degrees in mid-April, can only tarnish the unbelievable impression that this city leaves for very few. which traditionally takes place the Boston Marathon, every day on which the Celtics basketball or the Red Sox baseball play is made a holiday here. Even the extreme temperature fluctuations, from -20 degrees in February to +30 degrees in mid-April, can only tarnish the unbelievable impression that this city leaves for very few.

Life on campus:

… is a unique experience. The university campus stretches for three kilometers – or six train stops – on one of Boston’s main streets. Everything you need for life can be found here. In addition to the lecture buildings themselves, you will find huge libraries, bedrooms or, as they say here, “dorms”, countless cafeterias, an unimaginably large fitness studio with seven basketball courts alone and its own event hall which, for example, holds 6500 spectators for ice hockey games or concerts. Around 35,000 students from almost every nation in the world live on this campus.

The lectures I have chosen:

… are in addition to those at my home university; Everything from international marketing to finance to the management of innovations is covered. Since the content of the lectures is presented in a really interesting way and the professors are extremely committed, it is great fun to study here. The style of lectures is different from that at German universities. In most of the lectures, the content of the lesson is worked out on the basis of case studies. This is very interesting in most cases, as there is no model solution from the start and everyone can contribute their opinion. It is expected that you will actively participate in the lecture and this contribution will therefore also be included in the final grade. Another new thing for me was that you have to write so-called “papers” at regular intervals for each lecture.

Introduction to American Management, Professor Berman: This lecture is fundamentally different from all other lectures I have attended before in my life. It is less about shining through knowledge, rather it is about thinking along in the classroom and having good ideas. Mr. Berman devotes his life to Boston Harbor and its maintenance. Most of the lesson content is related to the port, which is much more interesting than it sounds. If you open yourself to this extraordinary lecture and do the work that the professor expects, you can have more important experiences here than in lectures that are about memorizing formulas or the like.

International Finance, Professor McGue: I have never attended a finance course before, but I still had no problems working on this course and solving tasks correctly. It is about basic financial market instruments, international trading in the financial market as well as current events, which should be promoted by reading daily newspapers. The professor was extremely dedicated and the lecture was fun most of the time.

International Marketing, Professor Keegan: Anyone who has previously taken a course in Marketing Fundamentals will find it easy to get a good or very good grade here, as the content can be easily transferred to an international level.

Innovation Process, Professor Unger: This lecture challenged me the most, mainly because it was my only lecture in which the minority of students came from abroad. Since in most lectures participation in class is part of the grade, it is of course relatively more difficult to achieve a good participation grade in courses with many Americans. Professor Unger has had an incredible amount of experience in his professional life, which he brings to good use through the course content. In this course it is important that you take the time to do your homework, most of which consists of “reading material”, as you cannot collaborate without knowledge of the literature.

In summary, one can say that the professors do a really good job and the service that is offered to the students by the professors is extremely good. Compared to German universities, it is easier to get good grades, which is also due to the American grading system (A, A-, B +…) and the associated conversion.

Travel and leisure:

I use the weekends to explore Boston itself and the cities in the area. Boston’s location on the east coast of the United States has enabled me to make short trips to New York, Washington, Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Niagara Falls. These trips should primarily be made with intercity buses (www.megabus.com), which are incredibly cheap if booked in good time. So I paid a total of 6.5 USD for a trip from Boston to Washington and back (nine hours each way).

The time in Boston was one of the best of my life and I can only recommend everyone to shortlist a stay abroad in Boston!

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