University: California State University Fullerton
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: semester abroad
Since I decided at relatively short notice that I wanted to do a semester abroad in the USA, I was under a lot of stress trying to find the right university. See educationvv for San Jose State University Exchange Program. Unfortunately, my German university only had partner universities in rather unattractive locations. I really wanted to go to California, so I turned to MicroEdu.
The support from Kristin and her team was really great! I was able to reach someone at any time and thanks to the great documents, I quickly found a university that still accepts students.
I decided on Fullerton because I thought the location (close to Los Angeles) in the middle of Cali was great and the university also sounded very good. In addition, Fullerton has the lowest tuition fees at around $5000.
Since the application was so super easy, the bigger effort was actually just to get the visa. But everything went great, since the CSUF had sent all the necessary documents and MicroEdu gave you enough information about the visa procedure.
I have to say one thing: plan your stay as precisely and as early as possible, there is just so much to organize!!
In terms of housing, Fullerton is relatively uncomplicated, unfortunately it is expensive everywhere. I opted for one of the more expensive options and moved into the dorms on campus.
Unfortunately, I have to say that the organizer of the dorms was quite overwhelmed. Initially I was offered a single room for around $900 per month. 2 months before departure I received an email that it was no longer possible to put me in a single room and that I had to share a room with someone.
I was shocked at first, I haven’t shared a room with anyone since I was a child and I actually wanted a bit of privacy for myself when I was abroad.
But since I was traveling with a friend, it was ok for us if we shared a room together.
Unfortunately we had bad luck here again. When we got to Fullerton they accidentally put us in two different apartments and it wasn’t until after 2! Months worked out that Martina could move into my apartment. That was really annoying.
In the end it was a great time, I shared a room with an American, Ashley, and it worked out great. She was so sweet and I miss her every day.
The apartments are also really big, although there are six people living in one apartment, they have a large living room, kitchen with dining area and two bathrooms.
But if you want to party a lot, I would recommend the private residential complexes like Homestead etc. You will be constantly checked at the dorms and pretty much everything that is fun is forbidden.
But that didn’t bother me because I didn’t go to the USA for a party semester.
To be honest, I don’t want to tell too much about the university itself, since I’ve mainly had bad experiences. Sometimes it really seemed to me that the International Office only wanted my money and they didn’t care about anything else.
They even wanted to take away my visa because I allegedly didn’t commit enough to a course.
I honestly studied at least 6 hours EVERY DAY!! That is utopian, especially for a semester abroad!!
Well, as I said, I don’t want to badmouth anyone here. Everyone should have their own experience.
Fullerton is in and of itself a great location, but you definitely need a car. In 45 minutes you are in LA and Newport + Huntington Beach are practically around the corner, simply brilliant.
You can also easily reach San Diego in 2 hours, I would fly to San Francisco or just do a road trip.
It was definitely the right decision to go abroad and especially in California you learn to be more relaxed and just have fun in life. The people are so super nice, I’ve never encountered anything like that in Germany.
I really thought it was a great semester, not counting the university, and the help from MicroEdu was great!