University: Boston University
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: Summer Sessions
Thanks to MicroEdu, everything was quite easy, but you should still take enough time to carefully fill out various forms. Especially if you need a visa, you should plan enough time. And also carefully prepare all the documents for the application. You should also take care of the vaccinations required for Boston University at an early stage. If necessary, however, vaccinations can be made up for on site at the Boston University Health Service. Check mcat-test-centers.com to see Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University. If you want to live on campus, you must also fill out the housing application and mail it in with a check for $200.
Boston University (BU for short) is not a campus university, but a city university. The college buildings stretch for 1.3 miles along a fairly busy road. Unfortunately, there is also a busy road between the Charles River and the university.
In my opinion, this does not create a real campus feeling. There is the so-called BU Beach, where you can sunbathe in summer, but this is just a large meadow. You can hear the street noise there too.
Otherwise, the campus is very well maintained: there are plenty of places to sit and well-kept flower beds.
The university buildings are very different, some very modern, some not so much.
The university’s fitness center is very modern and can be used very cheaply. Various sports courses are also offered by the fitness center, from sailing to Zumba there is pretty much everything.
I took a sailing course for beginners. The university has its own sailing pavilion directly on the Charles River. We also sailed on the Charles River with a fantastic view of the Boston skyline. Highly recommended!
The location in Boston is great and walking distance to town. Within a 20-minute walk you can reach a popular shopping street in Boston, Newbury Street, where there are numerous restaurants and shops. There are a few places on campus, such as Starbucks and Subway. A drugstore and an electronics store as well as a few other shops are also on site.
I chose the dormitory style because I wanted to get to know the “real” American university life. I stayed in a single room on Bay State Road, but it was only separated from the adjoining room (a double room) by a thin chipboard. The room was quite spartan with a bed, a desk, a chair and a chest of drawers. I had a view of the Charles River, but since there was a large street in between, it was so loud that you couldn’t leave the window open at night. Sometimes it was also quite loud in the house and there was a lot of partying. In principle, it is quiet from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., but nobody keeps to that. I shared the bathroom with 5 other people. The bathroom is cleaned daily from Monday to Friday
Bay State Road is a nice street with lots of small houses (so-called Brown Stones), all of which are full of students. Some houses have been renovated and are very beautiful, making them look rather old and worn.
The university also offers some apartments, each with a bathroom and a kitchen. These are also within walking distance of the campus. If you want it a little quieter and want to determine the condition of the bathroom yourself, I would recommend this one!
By choosing Dormitory Style, I had to participate in the university’s meal plan. The meal took place in the Dining Hall of the Warren Towers and was generally quite good. However, I would recommend only eating 10 meals a week, as the food is very repetitive and you are then quite happy to be able to eat somewhere else. In addition, you can easily buy individual meals on site and they are not more expensive.
I had the following 2 courses:
Leadership in Management: I liked it very much, the 3-day trip to New Hampshire in particular was an experience. The participants of the course were mixed and I was the only one who spoke German. The level of the course was quite high and some case studies had to be submitted.
Event planning and management: if you are interested in event planning, this is the place for you, the course has little to do with management. Among other things, we decorated a table and planned a wedding. There were many Americans and Asians in this course. The level of the course was very low. Although the course was classified as a graduate course, in my opinion it did not have the level of a graduate course,
Basically, one should not underestimate the learning effort or reading and preparation effort of the courses.
I really enjoyed my stay and I can only recommend Boston. Unfortunately, I only stayed 6 weeks and can only recommend everyone to stay 12 weeks. The time flies by.