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UGA - Franklin - Freiburg Study Abroad : Reviews (Frankfurt)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Program Evaluation
Ian Edison Van Giesen, Summer 2017 Participant
Dr. Crawford and her assistants ensure that every detail is accounted for and that unexpected events are handled responsibly and coolly.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
I was fully aware of our trip itinerary. Dr. Crawford explained everything very clearly and made sure we were aware of any changes.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
During the trip, nothing came as a surprise due to the quality of our orientation materials and orientation sessions.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
Orientation materials were very thorough and really answered any possible question, in my opinion.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Though I did not require health care during the study abroad, I knew it would be accesible and a priority if I did.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
There were several health care professionals in the vicinity of our housing accommodations, and these offices seemed to be of high quality.

 

Ian Edison Van Giesen, Summer 2017 Participant
Although the program took place in a city across the ocean, due to location of our dwelling and school, I often felt just as safe, if not safer, than I do back home.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
Excursions were informative and fun, transportation was dependable, and the location was absolutely amazing.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
Very safe.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
I never felt uncomfortable about my safety or my environment during this program.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
I felt very safe in the dorms, at school, and even around the city. I felt comfortable everywhere.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
The workload was very manageable. I did not feel overwhelmed or stressed; it was a good amount of work in and out of class.

 

Katherine Russell, Summer 2017 Participant
Great excursions!

 

Summer 2017 Participant
My favorite tour was to Oberreid. I liked getting to see the Schwarzwald mountains. I also liked the optional excursion to the Schluchsee. I recommend for that excursion to be in future itirneraies as well.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
I love Freiburg and all of its surrounding areas. I can't wait to visit again in the future.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
All sites were very interesting and relevant to our course.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
Housing was great!

 

Summer 2018 Participant
Excellent housing. Much better than uga dorms.

 

Gemini Sharma Kaushik, Summer 2018 Participant
The housing was great! I shared a room and bathroom with someone, and the view out of our dorm was beautiful.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
There were no flaws or drawbacks with the housing. It was superb.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
We were responsible for all meals except two, and accessibility for grocery shopping, cooking, etc. was so easy and as good as you can expect. There were many cheap and local options at all times. Eating in Freiburg was a pleasure.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
The first week we were in Freiburg, we had a welcome party with English students from the University of Freiburg. This was a great opportunity for the UGA students to work on their German. We made many friends just from eating lunch in the city, hanging out around campus, and from the welcome party.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I commend Dr. Crawford and the program assistants, Al Byrnes and Vivian Langer, for their hard work to keep the program running smoothly.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
Dr. Crawford, Vivian Langer, and Al Byrnes are three amazing instructors and they deserve a million thanks for arranging this program. They worked so hard to make sure everyone was enjoying their time in Freiburg. I am so lucky to have had them leading our program.

 

Aileen Hephzibah Nicolas, Summer 2018 Participant
The staff was wonderful. Dr. Crawford put so much work into this, and it was obvious. Al and Vivian were helpful at all times.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
Both the director and the TAs were fantastic and provided really useful advice.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
The staff was abundantly helpful and friendly to us.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Program staff was excellent! Everyone was extraordinarily attentive and made sure we were all constantly safe and was always there for us any time no matter what we needed. Excellent.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
I fully believe Dr. Crawford, Vivian, or Al would have helped us in any way they could. They always said "call if you ever need anything at all." Knowing that I had someone to call in case of an emergency was very reassuring.

 

Lesleigh Lane Irvin, Summer 2016 Participant
I found the program to be very cost efficient, as I had more than ample amount of allotted cash for groceries.

 

Kari Dawn Hiner, Summer 2017 Participant
I'd give it more stars if I could.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Fantastic value

 

Summer 2017 Participant
very affordable

 

Ian Edison Van Giesen, Summer 2017 Participant
One of the best value program out there. Dr. Crawford realized that cost can be an issue for students, so the clear communication about the total program fee beforehand seemed responsible and just.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
It was well worth the money.

 

Kari Dawn Hiner, Summer 2017 Participant
This program exceeded my expectations in almost every way. Freiburg is an amazing city to host students and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
I already had high expectation for this trip..... but they were far exceeded.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
My expectations were high before I left, but this program exceeded my expectations.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
This exceeded my expectations in so many senses. No expectation can compare to the real, day-to-day living and learning in Germany.

 

Kari Dawn Hiner, Summer 2017 Participant
Overall a great program where students can be immersed in the language and learn a lot about the city and "green" culture. I learned more in a month on this program than an entire semester back home. The cultural course about Freiburg's renewable energy and green living was probably my favorite class I've taken at UGA. The knowledge I gained from the books and tours has already made a huge difference in my life back in the states. I enjoy sharing what I learned with other people and it has inspired me to one day work in a field where I can help have a positive impact on renewable energy and green communities.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Overall I had a wonderful experience learning about Germany and Sustainability by being in the most sustainable city in the world.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
I really enjoyed the program.

 

Alixandra Suzanne Green, Summer 2018 Participant
The trip was great!

 

Mark Evan Ogletree, Summer 2016 Participant
Be sure to fully immerse yourself in everything that Germany/the local area offers you.

 

Kari Dawn Hiner, Summer 2017 Participant
My advice: Do as much as you can while you're there. I saw people who hardly ever got out and did things outside of class and excursions and that really made me sad. Just live it up.

 

Katherine Russell, Summer 2017 Participant
Take the opportunities that you're given to branch out and meet people - interact with the other international students in your classes, the dorms, and about the city. You'll learn a lot about daily life, norms, and culture in other countries (and in your own!) just by talking to them.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
Take every opportunity you can to go explore and meet locals. You'll meet a lot of really interesting people and get to see a lot of cool places.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
PICK FREIBURG!!!! You will not regret it!

 

Summer 2018 Participant
This is a wonderful program, and I would encourage anyone considering it to seize this opportunity.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
Go with an interest or a personal passion for German culture, no matter what part. Whether it's food, language, politics, business, etc., -- go with some personal interest and know what you want to get from the experience. Then when you get there, make that your focus. The fun times that will come alongside that focus are inevitable.

 

Lesleigh Lane Irvin, Summer 2016 Participant
"Freiburg was an amazing experience! It was the first time I found sitting in a classroom for 5 hours a day to be fun and would look forward to doing it again the next day! The Goethe teachers are amazing and it's definetely a different, but rewarding learning experience."

 

Benjamin Thomas Giebelhausen, Summer 2017 Participant
If I could give this program three thumbs up I would! Easily the best way to learn German and to see Germany!

 

Summer 2017 Participant
An excellent experience-- a perfect mix of personal freedom and educational structure.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Amazing experience and one I would highly recommend.

 

Kari Dawn Hiner, Summer 2017 Participant
Freiburg becomes a home away from home where you'll learn more in a month there than four months in America.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
Great way to advance German language skills while learning about the culture of Germany and other places. Classes at the Goethe Institute are full of students from all over the world motivated to learn German. It creates a great environment in which to learn.

 

Katherine Russell, Summer 2017 Participant
The freedom and opportunities for self-discovery offered by study abroad would be hard pressed to be matched by a domestic program. The small daily challenges and daily victories encountered by the student nurture a sense of self-reliance and competence, leading to personal growth in ways that are difficult to quantify on a purely academic scale.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I learned a lot from the Freiburg Study Abroad Program about German attitudes toward sustainability and developed my German speaking skills. Sustainability was interesting, because that has not been a focus of my education so far; it was good to widen my perspective there. I also enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment from holding conversations entirely in another language.

 

Ian Edison Van Giesen, Summer 2017 Participant
What a fantastic experience! Program pushed me in more ways that I could have imagined to exercise my german authentically and to dive into the vibrant student culture in Freiburg. Be prepared to be challenged, but highly rewarded.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
This is an excellent program! The classes are interesting and you get several opportunities to go and explore different places and meet new people. I highly recommend this program.

 

Alixandra Suzanne Green, Summer 2018 Participant
My study abroad was the trip of a lifetime and it didn't even break the bank.

 

Madison Danielle Helmick, Summer 2018 Participant
I had no idea I would meet my best friends on this trip. Having the opportunity to spend a month in the Green City, learning the German language and about the culture of Freiburg, is an experience I will never be able to fully thank UGA for providing me with.

 

Gemini Sharma Kaushik, Summer 2018 Participant
Freiburg helps lower anxiety and depression because it's a green city. Also BIKE PATHS EVERYWHERE

 

Aileen Hephzibah Nicolas, Summer 2018 Participant
The Freiburg study abroad program opened my eyes to the potential of sustainability in not only the United States but also the world. I was in awe every single day by the dedication of the German people to the protection of our planet.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
If you're interested in learning German and experiencing German culture, this program is the perfect opportunity.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
A very fun experience that lets you immerse yourself in German culture.

 

Summer 2018 Participant
Going to Freiburg with UGA's study abroad program is opening a door to new friends, perspectives, and opportunities that you'll never want to close. Plus, döner.