University: San Diego State University
City: San Diego
Continent: North America
Field of study: Business administration, international business administration, organization and leadership
Study type: semester abroad
I spent the fall semester of 2019 in the USA at San Diego State University. The semester started at the end of August and lasted until December 19th. At the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (HSG) I am doing a master’s degree in corporate management (MUG). Visit mcat-test-centers.com to get information about Hawaii Pacific University.
Before the semester
MicroEdu helped me with the preparation and registration. They provide you with a list of all relevant documents. After you have put them together, these documents can be sent to the contact person and they will take care of everything for you and it is also free of charge. This organization is highly recommended.
You also need a TOEFL for San Diego State University. In contrast to other universities, you only need 61 points to be accepted.
San Diego State University is very popular with the students at the University of St. Gallen. In the fall semester of 2019, we had around 35 students from our university at home, so we had a lot of Swiss and Germans in San Diego.
I made a conscious decision to look for accommodation locally. The six of us found a house right on Pacific Beach, which we rented for the entire duration of the semester abroad . Although finding an apartment turned out to be more difficult than expected, the patience paid off. At Pacific Beach there are beach volleyball courts, you can go surfing at any time and there are many nightlife options. For a double room you have to expect between 900 and 1100 dollars.
The courses are selected via the university ‘s online portal. The American students have priority and can choose first, which is why some particularly popular courses are already full. In general, however, it is still possible to ask the lecturers personally whether there is still a place available. I have chosen a bachelor’s course ” Communication & Leadership “, which is highly recommended ! The lecturer made the course very exciting and always supported the students. Another advantage was that the course did not have exchange students, butonly American students have chosen this one. I also chose the master ‘s course ” Organizational Behavior “. You had to invest a lot of effort for this course and in my opinion the grades were not adjusted to this effort. I would not recommend the course. I chose ” Strategic Brand Management ” as the special session course. The course was very exciting, but also involved a lot of effort. The professor sometimes confused us with his class at Harvard University.
Campus and catering
The university is very big. In the beginning you have to find your way around, but it only takes a few days to get the hang of it. There are palm trees all over the campus, so you immediately feel like you’re on vacation. There are benches and places to sit everywhere. The campus is very clean and well maintained. There are various places to eat during breaks on campus. There are several food courts that feature well-known chains such as Subway, Panda Express, Starbucks, etc. The university also has its own huge library, which is great for learning.
There is a huge range of sports on offer at the university. There are several tennis courts, soccer fields, a swimming pool, a huge fitness center including basketball courts and much more. And all this for free. A wide range of water sportsis also offered, but this is subject to a fee. But the price is okay. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended. The university also has its own basketball, football and volleyball teams, which are very successful. Watching these games as an Aztec member is really fun. Before the football games, free pizza, drinks and t-shirts will be distributed in the parking lot. There will be a small pre-party like you know it from the movies. The range of leisure activities on campus is already very diverse. Movie nights were often held, small music bands played on campus, an ice rink was set up and the university even has its own free bowling alley.
Even though my expenses during the semester abroad were very high (about 25,000 dollars), it was worth every penny to me . I have had unforgettable experiences that have helped me immensely personally and for which I am very grateful. It was the best time of my life and I really recommend everyone to have this experience.