University: University of California Los Angeles
City: Los Angeles
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: economics
Study type: Summer Sessions
For me, the Summer Session 2007 was my first “semester abroad” and it was really a great experience. However, I would arrive at least one day before, because after such a long flight and jet lag you are pretty exhausted. In addition, there is still a lot to do in the first few days (produce your student ID, Summer Session Office, etc.) Visit ehuacom.com to get information about UOC study abroad program.
When I entered my room in the Rieber Hall for the first time, I have to admit that I had imagined it to be nicer. While I read previous reviews so wasn’t expecting much, the rooms are pretty damn small and old. But since you don’t spend a lot of time in them, they are sufficient. The great food made up for it all. We initially paid for 21 meals, but 15 meals a week was more than enough, so we rebooked again. Especially at dinner there should be something for everyone.
The campus itself was incredible. I don’t know anything like that from Germany. Especially for sports fans it is just right (swimming pool, gym etc.).
Unfortunately, I was not so lucky when it came to choosing the course. The “Development of US Institutions” course is definitely not recommended (the professor is hard to understand and everything goes much too fast). My second course was quite understandable (Urban Economics), but the exam wasn’t child’s play either.
If you are already over there, you should definitely try to make as many excursions as possible. If you can’t find a volunteer driver, you can also book all excursions through California Tours. This is definitely a good alternative. (San Francisco and Las Vegas are not to be missed).
All in all, it wasn’t cheap, but it was an unforgettable summer.