First of all, some information about me. I am 24 years old and am studying for a master’s degree in Management & Engineering. I did my semester abroad in the fourth semester of my master’s degree and stayed at CSUEB for six months. Even if the following reviews are partially negative, it was a great time and I do not regret any of it! The organization of MicroEDU was problem-free and very helpful!
I took a total of six courses during my time at CSUEB. Of these, four were courses from the engineering major and two from the management major. In general, I have to say that the level in these courses was very low. This may partly be due to the fact that as an advanced master’s student I already had a certain amount of previous knowledge, but partly also master and bachelor’s courses were merged, which in my opinion then led to studying at bachelor’s level. This was especially the case in the engineering major. The management courses were from the university’s MBA program and were a bit more sophisticated. However, the range of these courses was very limited. In the second trimester I couldn’t choose any of my favorite courses because they were either full or I supposedly had no prior knowledge. The course selection for me was because I wanted to develop a little further in the field of economics, inadequate. In terms of content, I have hardly learned anything new. The level was much lower than at German universities. You can write a 1 in every single course with a little effort. Visit iamaccepted.com to get information about GRE at home vs GMAT online.
Furthermore, as an international student at the CSUEB you are at a considerable disadvantage when choosing a course, as you can only register for courses after the American students have registered. This means that in the first 2-3 weeks of uni you have no information about which course you can take and you have to attend all possible courses and hope that there are still some students who leave the course. At the same time, you cannot enroll in courses online and you cannot view documents online. Since you don’t know which courses you can take in the first few weeks, you miss the first homeworks, which are included for the final grade.
The organization for international students is the worst I have ever seen.
The ALP-Office is the most disorganized association I have seen in my life. Nobody knows, you are always forwarded to someone else. You always get emails saying you have to go to the ALP Office urgently and then nobody knows. There are so-called and trips, the organization of which is chaotic and after the first trip you don’t feel like the next one. The person responsible for the international students has turned three !! times changed.
The campus is nice and there is a great gym. Learning opportunities were perfectly fine and there was Starbucks in the library:-)
The living conditions are NOT acceptable and an absolute cheek! International students on campus live in the International House. Eight people in each flat share. When I got there I almost fell over. The rooms smell of urine and vomit and are incredibly dirty. I will probably never experience anything like this again. Almost all shared apartments had ants in the kitchen! My room was on the fourth floor and even there! And for that you pay $ 1,000 a month and don’t even have a single room. Furthermore, there are completely exaggerated visitor and alcohol rules. We were all 24+ and treated like little children. The only advantage of these dormitories is that you live right on campus, have a gym across the street and meet people faster. You usually live with many Asians (approx. 70% in the International House), who are all super nice, but unfortunately have no sense of cleanliness. I could send you photos of bad rooms, but don’t want to completely scare you off:-) You have to decide for yourself what you want. There is also the possibility of living off-campus. After I moved out, a thorough renovation was carried out which was already overdue for about 5 years. The advantage is of course that you get to know a lot of people there and there is always something going on. I think, despite the unbelievable living conditions, you should take the experience of a real American student life with you. -) You have to decide for yourself what you want. There is also the possibility of living off-campus. After I moved out, a thorough renovation was carried out which was already overdue for about 5 years. The advantage is of course that you get to know a lot of people there and there is always something going on. I think, despite the unbelievable living conditions, you should take the experience of a real American student life with you. -) You have to decide for yourself what you want. There is also the possibility of living off-campus. After I moved out, a thorough renovation was carried out which was already overdue for about 5 years. The advantage is of course that you get to know a lot of people there and there is always something going on. I think, despite the unbelievable living conditions, you should take the experience of a real American student life with you.
The cafeteria was very good in my opinion. You can eat healthy if you want and the selection is also good. Tip: Choose Mealplan B (with most flex dollars). So you have 15 meals a week and a lot of flex dollars that you can spend on Panda-Express, Subways or Starbucks.
Another tip for studying: Don’t buy books for your course straight away, as they are way too expensive. In the Accounting Major you pay 100-200 per book (used!) For each course. Buy and sell online. Never in the bookstore and never borrow books. Total nonsense! Sometimes you didn’t need the books you bought at all. I didn’t buy a single book in the second trimester.
Life / environment / trips
The only advantage of the university’s location is that it is close to San Francisco (30 minutes) (which is by far the best city in all of California). There isn’t much to see in Hayward itself. Hardly any bars or the like. If you have the opportunity and study there for two trimesters, buy a car and sell it again. This is no problem and much cheaper than always renting one through Zipcar or something similar. The connection to SF by bus and train is not always the easiest but also not bad.
If you do a semester abroad, however, it is up to you what you make of it. The CSUEB offers you the best conditions to go on excursions. The Bay Area offers so much and everything is easy and quick to get to. In my opinion the best location one could wish for for excursions. Take as much with you as you can. That has a little to do with the money, of course, but it’s worth it!
In general, one can only say about life in California: Very cool!
You will meet a lot of great and nice people and have a lot of fun. You can’t really say more about it. There are enough parties etc. on campus.
For what you get in terms of performance, the costs are far too high. The CSUEB is still one of the cheaper universities, but I still find it unacceptable. For the $ 6,000 I paid, I could only choose 2 of 6 courses I wanted.
In addition, be prepared to have to pay a few more dollars to the university. For every little thing you have to pay extra fees. The gym is included in the tuition fee for regular students only. Had to in the second trimester! all international students choose an additional course and pay for it, even though this was not in the contract ($ 300). Furthermore, too many tuition fees were debited from many students. There was a fixed amount that applied to all international students, but this did not match the contract signed. If I hadn’t checked, I would have paid $ 800 too much. Of course, there was no one in the ALP Office who knew about this and felt responsible. You should definitely check that with you.
The time at CSUEB was a great time, despite a few “small” defects. I’ve experienced so much, developed friendships and developed personally. If you want to see and experience a lot, CSUEB is a very good address. I don’t regret any of my decisions (not even the choice of apartment:-)). It’s up to you what you make of it. The possibilities are all there and you will have an unforgettable time.