University: Boston University
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: semester abroad
Studying at Boston University begins with a professional introductory week (general attendance recommended, social programs not essential). You complete your studies at MET College, an evening school of Boston University. Classes are usually between 6: 00 p.m. and 9: 00 p.m. It is advisable to visit the food halls in advance, as almost all of them close at 8 p.m. The dining halls offer a wide range of food and drinks in a buffet style. The various “meal plans” can also be exchanged afterwards (I preferred the unlimited plan, which is a little more expensive but allows unlimited entry to the dining halls). The exams are set at a similar level of difficulty as here in Switzerland. Some of the classes appealed to me very much (black and white photography) or not at all (compulsory course introduction to american management). As in any university, the professionalism of the teachers is subject to chance and taste, and my positive impressions outweighed the negative ones. All the important buildings on campus can be reached on foot (max. 30 minutes). I would like to highlight the fitness center in particular. A huge range of different sports and the latest equipment have more than convinced me throughout the semester. At the beginning you can choose additional courses such as sailing or climbing. These would also give credit points (but are often not accepted by the universities). I would like to highlight the fitness center in particular. A huge range of different sports and the latest equipment have more than convinced me throughout the semester. At the beginning you can choose additional courses such as sailing or climbing. These would also give credit points (but are often not accepted by the universities). Check mcat-test-centers.com to see University of Victoria.
I arrived in Boston with great expectations, which the city more than fulfilled. It is an incomparable city in terms of sport and it also has a lot to offer culturally. It should be mentioned here in particular that the original passport and not a copy should be taken with you when visiting discotheques. Special clothing is recommended for the winter, which I have never experienced so cold even here in Switzerland. The subway in Boston is called “The T”. Boston University offers the possibility to subscribe to “The T” in advance (before the semester starts, after that it is no longer possible) at a reduced price. This offer is for anyone not happy with the school bus schedule (“The Bus”). A visit to the Boston Opera House is also recommended, in which a performance of the Boston Ballet, which was not exactly cheap, amazed me. Another plus is the proximity to New York. The China Town bus (from China Town Boston to China Town New York) is the cheapest way to get between cities.
Like most international students, I stayed at Danielsen Hall (512 Beacon Street). It is located on the right end of campus, closest to downtown Boston. An old house, in need of renovation but later grown on the heart. The quality of the accommodation is not high, but the proximity to the other students on the same floor compensated for everything negative for me.
All in all
The Boston University experience was incredibly valuable to me. Friends that have grown dear to my heart, everyday American university life (with school, introduction and exit), the city with its proximity to the sea and much more have left a lasting impression on me. Boston became a second hometown during this short but intense period. If I could go back, I wouldn’t change a thing about my stay.