Melissa Lee, The College of New Jersey

My semester abroad at the European Study Center has so far been the best semester of my life. My time here has allowed me to learn through ways I have never before. I have learned how to travel, how to become more patient, how to be less reliant on cell phones, how to be more open to other people, and cliché enough; I have learned a lot about myself.

This program in Heidelberg is academically enriching, however, the classroom aspect is only a small part of the educational experience while abroad. Having a TCNJ professor at the European Study Center is extremely comfortable and allows some classes to mirror those that we are used to at home. However, the adjunct professors at the ESC are amazing as well.

Heidelberg is the perfect place to study abroad because it is a mix between the city life and also beautiful suburban/country life. In addition to that, Germany is pretty centrally located in Europe and therefore allows weekend travels to be extremely easy. Our program included trips to Berlin, Germany and Strasbourg, France. On my own I visited Amsterdam (Netherlands), Zurich (Switzerland), Munich (Germany), London (England), Dublin (Ireland), Berlin (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Prague (Czech Republic), Barcelona (Spain), Paris (France), and even Tangier (Morocco)! I would definitely suggest this program to anybody interested in studying abroad.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at all!

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