University: Boston University
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Study type: Summer Sessions
The idea of studying abroad during the summer came to me when I was thinking about my time after the army. It was clear to me that I wanted to study law in Germany from October 2009 and since I had already spent three months of free time at home after graduating from high school in 2008, I wanted to do something this summer. During my military service from October 2008 to June 2009 I had enough time to think about something in this regard. I definitely wanted to go to an English speaking country to improve my language skills. So I went to google.de and randomly entered keywords like “summer session”, “summer study” and the like. One of the hits was MicroEdu’s home page, I was particularly impressed by the clear layout of the pages and the easy access to information about the individual university towns. In my case, I was very well supported by MicroEdu, they always gave answers to my numerous questions. I noticed how important it is to apply for a course and a place to sleep in good time, but in the end it was relatively tight for me. This is mainly due to the very complicated entry regulations for the USA. Check mcat-test-centers.com to see University of Technology, Sydney.
However, once you have everything wrapped up and arrived at the location of your choice, the anticipation is very great.
I was in Boston, Massachusetts this summer. It’s a great city, not as loud and fast as New York or Chicago, much more informal and very interesting. From the campus, which is in the middle of the city and is enormous, you can be in the city center in less than 20 minutes, where there are some cool neighborhoods. On the one hand you will find many small boutiques and galleries there, but there are also large malls and supermarkets. When I arrived in Boston, I first moved into my “dorm”. This is a room with one or two beds, a closet and a desk. You have to take care of your own bed linen, all you find is a mattress. I slept in a sleeping bag for six weeks. The houses are old but quite nice to look at. Unfortunately there is a massive rat problem, I’ve never seen one inside the house, but you can see them in the bushes and backyards, especially in the evenings. I also had to kill a cockroach. But if you can ignore it, and I could, the halls of residence are very nice. There is a kitchen in the basement, washing machines and a kind of living room with books, television and seating. How you set up your own room is entirely up to you, the main thing is that everything is clean when you leave the room. TV and seating. How you set up your own room is entirely up to you, the main thing is that everything is clean when you leave the room. TV and seating. How you set up your own room is entirely up to you, the main thing is that everything is clean when you leave the room.
Now to the university, which, as I said, extends over several square kilometers. The system in America differs, as I have noticed, since I am not studying yet, in that the participation of the students in the lectures is far higher than in Germany. It seemed very academic to me, there is homework after every lecture and you have to prepare a lot if you don’t want to fall behind. However, the professors are very helpful and support the “internationals” in particular as best they can.
Leisure activities on campus could not be better. In the “FitRec” there are extremely many sports options from swimming to football, basketball, squash and climbing to typical fitness. As a part-time student, which you automatically become when you complete a summer session with just one course, you pay $18.50 per month. “Full-time students”, students with a course credit number of 8, use the “Gym” free of charge. Unfortunately, I can’t say much about Boston’s nightlife here, as an 18-year-old is not allowed anywhere, apart from selected events. However, there are many bars and restaurants, all of which made a fairly cozy impression, as far as I can tell.
In conclusion, I wouldn’t want to miss the experience I had in Boston over the summer. New friendships develop and even if you are physically separated by several thousand kilometers, there are plenty of opportunities to keep in touch in the age of internetism.