University of California Riverside Review (26)

University of California Riverside Review (26)

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University: University of California Riverside

Country: United States

Continent: North America

Field of study: organization and leadership

Study type: semester abroad


In Fall Quarter 2016 (September to December) I completed a semester abroad at UCR. I am studying International Management (Master of Arts) in Germany. Due to the international nature of my studies, I immediately decided to go abroad. Visit to get information about Semester Abroad In Vancouver Island University.

Compared to other countries, a semester abroad in the USA involves a considerable amount of preparation. For example, a student visa is required for a stay abroad, which you should take care of early on. You have to fill out various forms, payfees and make an appointment in person at a US consulate. After I received my visa, I was able to book my flight to Los Angeles. I also took the opportunity to make a stopover in Chicago to visit a friend there.

Course choice

At Riverside, you have the option of taking either main campus courses or extension courses. Since I am completing my master’s degree in Germany, the extension courses were out of the question for me. The main campus courses can only be chosen on site (so-called class crashing), but the local students have priority. It is therefore difficult to get into the desired courses in popular departments such as business. Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong went wrong when I chosethe course. Actually, only the MBA management courses came into consideration for me. However, I was only able to take one MBA course because UCR does not accept international students for courses with two prerequisites. So I had to switch to Upper Division Undergraduate courses on Main Campus.

The organization of the main campus course selection was also rather poorly organized by the UCR for me. The deadlines of the different departments were, for example, on different weeks, so unfortunately I had to take about 12 courses at the same time in the first three weeks. It was only after these weeks that I received my final courses. These goods:

  • Consumer Behavior – MGT 228 – 4 Units – MBA Course
  • Information Economics – BUS 172 – 4 Units – Upper Division Business Department
  • International Trade – ECON 178 – 4 Units – Upper Division Economics Department

I was quite satisfied with the MBA course. Unfortunately I had no luck with the other two courses, because many students cheated in these courses. This caused considerable trouble during the semester and unfortunately also afterwards. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well for me, but bachelor students I know didn’t have the same experiences as I did. I think the problem for me was that I did a semester abroad in my master’s degree.


In Riverside you have various accommodation options such as homestay, various student dormitories or your own apartment. I chose the International Village. You could apply for the hall of residence directly when registering via MicroEdu . Overall, I was happy with the decision for the three-month stay. It was relatively clean, close to the main campus and located right next to the Extension Center. There was also a shopping shuttle service twice a week, for example. I shared the apartment with two Americans and a Korean. The kitchen, for example, was fully equipped by my flatmates, so I didn’t have to buy pots etc. I have met many other international students who have stayed at the Sterling Highlander, so based on the experience of those students I would probably choose the Sterling Highlander next time.


There is a lot to see in California. I recommend everyone to use the time to travel. Before the semester started, I spent a week in Chicago and spent a week visiting my former host family in Santa Barbara. Various weekend trips can also be planned during the semester. We have always rented a car from Avis and drove to places like San Diego, Los Angeles, beaches like Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara or San Francisco. An absolute must, I think, is to drive Highway One North to Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Francisco and to visit the various national parks (such as Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite etc.).

It is also recommended to register at the Student Recreation Center, which we visited almost every day during the week. Here you can do all kinds of sports. In addition to the classic fitness equipment and fitness courses, there are also tennis and squash courts and a large pool with jacuzzi.


All in all, I really liked the semester abroad in the USA. Based on my personal experience, I unfortunately cannot recommend the UCR itself. However, I made the best of it and can therefore recommend everyone to take the chance to live abroad. The semester abroad not only improved my language skills, but also personally. Although the stay abroad in the USA involves quite a lot of planning, the work is definitely worth it. Through the main campus courses I was able to get to know several Americans. So I was able to improve my English despite contact with the other German students abroad. I would definitely choose another semester abroad in the USA and especially in California.

University of California Riverside Review (26)