University: California State University Fullerton
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: semester abroad
My semester abroad at Cal State Fullerton was a complete success. Thanks to the good cooperation with MicroEdu, the organization is a very uncomplicated and simple process. The only thing you should clarify at an early stage are your courses, which you can have credited for your studies. Check iamaccepted.com to see University of Canterbury Study Abroad Part Ii.
My first tip to all new students, don’t worry too much about everything. In California we are in a western civilization and there is nothing you can’t buy. Especially in the state of California and in the LA area you can actually get everything around the clock.
When I arrived in Fullerton, I had looked for a room in a shared flat via various Facebook groups (just search for Cal State Fullerton) and then moved in there immediately. This was very useful because I was able to get in touch with the roommates in advance. Because most of them were Americans, you could settle in much faster. I lived in the University Crossings, which are directly opposite the university and have a much better price-performance ratio than the doorms on campus.
Another apartment complex to recommend is the Nutwood East Apartments. If you arrive as a business student, you only have to walk 2 minutes.
A car is absolutely essential in California. Without it you won’t have half the fun as you’re not going to get anywhere. I bought a car in the first week, you have to search a little and you shouldn’t buy the first one right away. (Craigslist.com or bulletin boards in the university) Car brands such as Toyota, Hyundai or anything Asian are highly recommended. These cars last the longest and are the least likely to break down. I had a Toyota Solara with 100,000 miles and not a single problem. I was able to resell it for $400 more a week before departure. Take your time when buying a car and look at a few cars. Your best bet is to rent a car from Avis or Empire and drive some cars off Craigslist. If you don’t know anything about cars, it’s better to spend 40-50$ for an inspection instead of buying a junk car. This will save you a lot of money and hassle. Another tip is a Mexican car dealership in downtown Fullerton called Chico (Standard Auto) They sell used cars to overseas students and have a good reputation. Even if he doesn’t have new cars and they sometimes look a bit like junk, the cars didn’t have any problems and if something happened you can go there and he fixes everything for free or at a very low price. He knows that if he messes with the students, his business is in jeopardy. He also likes to invite you over for a drink;-) Don’t be shy, the Mexican cuisine isn’t the worst.
As far as the university is concerned, it has everything you can imagine. From gyms to volleyball courts, tennis courts, swimming pool, etc. The facilities on the huge campus are all very well equipped and you won’t lack for anything. But you have to get used to the fast food culture first. If you don’t like fried, you should cater for yourself, which I can recommend.
Cities such as Santa Barbara, San Diego, Los Angeles, Venice Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach,
Huntington Beach, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Sacramento are worthwhile excursion destinations.
With regard to the choice of courses, you should bring a large number of possible courses with you and be very flexible, since the local students choose their courses first and only then choose the students abroad, problems can often arise.
I have taken the following courses.
MTKG 353 Marketing Information Technology
MKTG 351 Principles of Marketing
ECON 310 Intermediate Microeconomics
MGMT 343 Human Resource Management
If you want to take a fifth course you have to pay extra, but I wouldn’t recommend it since you didn’t just come here to study. The Marketing Information Technology course with Dr. I highly recommend Atwong. She takes great care of her students and tries hard to find you a job. The content in this course will help you for a long time. A project will also be started where you can earn a lot of money. If you have the opportunity, choose this course.
In general, my first goal was the waves in California. Since I’ve been surfing for years, I wanted to take advantage of the local facilities as much as possible.
I drove towards the beach almost every day before university and took advantage of the early morning swell.
A very good forecast website for the surfing conditions as well as the weather on the beach is www. Surfline.com
There you can find webcams for every single beach in California, so you can make sure what the weather is like there before you set off. It can be foggy there and a bright blue sky in Fullerton.
Also for you beach goers and lovers who maybe don’t want to surf, this page can save you some trips because if it’s foggy on the beach you can see it very well on the cameras and save you a nice time in traffic (and that you will quickly realize that it is the worst traffic ever). Traffic jams are the order of the day.
You won’t regret it and will have a lot of fun. Just don’t think too much. Everything is regulated on site : )