University: University of California Berkeley
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: Summer Sessions
I took part in a summer session at UC Berkeley in the summer of 2007 and can only recommend it! I took two courses, Marketing and Business Communication, and got a total of 5 credits for them. The courses are also exciting and instructive for non-native speakers. Unlike what I was used to from the German university, in Berkeley a lot of value was placed on practical relevance and presentation techniques. Classic scientific work was not always in the foreground. Rather, I often worked in small groups with other international students. As a summer session student, you not only get to know the American way of life, but also come into contact with other cultures. The study conditions in Berkeley are excellent. The university campus alone is almost worth a trip. If you wanted, you could spend the entire time of the summer session on campus, as all the facilities necessary for student life can be found there or in the immediate vicinity. Were it not for the university, the city of Berkeley would certainly not be mentioned in most travel guides. Apart from a few pubs and a variety of street stalls, the city center doesn’t have much to offer students. For little money you can use the extensive sports facilities of the university. In addition, parties are often held in student dormitories or in fraternity houses. However, one should not underestimate the fact that the university takes up a lot of time – despite ‘only’ taking two courses. Visit liuxers.com to get information about UNB study abroad program.
You should definitely spend some of your free time in San Francisco. You can get there from Berkeley by bus with the semester ticket for free and there is little reason to leave again. The city is a dream, offers a lot to discover, and its residents are extremely friendly and open-minded.
For many interested parties, the question of costs is certainly important. In addition to flight tickets and course costs, accommodation in particular is quite expensive. I paid about $1400 for a double room in the dorm that I shared. Undoubtedly a lot of money, but the rent also includes two meals a day in the canteen.
Looking back, I can only recommend the Summer Session program to everyone. Especially when you can count on the competent and friendly help of the MicroEdu staff. Many thanks for the support!