University: California State University Fullerton
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: business administration
Study type: semester abroad
The application process and the preparations for the semester abroad were altogether more complex than expected and took up a lot of time. However, if you inform yourself in good time and take advantage of MicroEdu’s help, you shouldn’t have any problems. At MicroEdu someone was always available by phone and questions could be answered very quickly and usually without any problems. The flight was very relaxed and the arrival in Fullerton went without any problems. I arrived at LAX airport and took the super shuttle right to my front door in Fullerton. See educationvv for University of California Irvine Exchange Program.
Since I had not yet organized long-term accommodation, I traveled to Fullerton two weeks before the start of my studies in order to be able to look for accommodation in peace. During this time, I shared an Airbnb accommodation with a friend, which worked great. Within the first week we were able to get an overview of the apartments on offer and ultimately decided on an apartment from Homestead Apartments. Roommates were quickly found, so I shared a room, another room was rented by an American couple and the living room was rented by another friend. The apartment was unfurnished and therefore very spartan and partly because of the many roommates it quickly became chaotic.
The campus can be reached on foot within half an hour, and if you have a bicycle, you can quickly get to the lecture hall. The Homestead Apartments attracted very negative attention due to their poor service. If you are not careful, you will quickly lose more money than intended, so you should be particularly careful when concluding a contract! Otherwise, the Homestead Apartments offer a cheaper alternative if you are willing to share the living space with several people.
The CSUF campus is very spacious, but after a few days it is very easy to find your way around. For me, the main building where I attended most of the events was the Mihaylo Hall. This is where you will be most of the time if you are studying Economics or something similar. In my opinion it is the most modern and beautiful building on the site and well equipped. Otherwise, the university offers the special American campus style with many organizations and employment opportunities (e.g. gym, sports facilities, campus shop, fast food chains and other community organizations).
Organizations and clubs, such as the Adventure Club, are a good place to start if you are looking for contact with other students. Here you have the opportunity to take part in organized events, meet new people and go on exciting excursions. There is a suitable club for every taste.
I chose a total of four courses. Choosing the course was easier than expected. I had to take most of the courses by crashing courses. However, if you show a little initiative, you often get a signature from the professor and thus admission to the desired course. This admission process to the courses is also common for American students and usually unproblematic. None of the courses I chose were particularly demanding or time-consuming. So I had most of the week off, so there’s plenty of time to travel.
BUAD 300 – Professional and Career Development at Farifteh Shahbazian:
This course relates to personal and career development opportunities. For example, you learn how to write resumes and applications, create your own LinkedIn account, practice time management methods and try to get to know yourself and your strengths better. Each week assignments are due in the form of a professional diary. Instead of exams, it is necessary to prepare multi-page assignments. The course was quite interesting, very interactive and offers the possibility to finish with a very good grade.
ECON 335 – International Economy at Kazi Ahmed:
A pure economics course, which mainly teaches the basics. The course was quite large, frontal teaching was mainly practiced and the content was not conveyed particularly clearly. Here, too, it is necessary to do some homework and shorter assignments, which are graded. There were also ten tests, which were written during the event and then graded. However, these are not very difficult to answer. The majority of the final grade comes from the three exams during the semester. Anyone interested in economics is in good hands with this course and should have little difficulty following the content.
MGMT 443 – Team Leadership Skills at Dr. Goli Sadri:
A course that deals with human resources management and deals with a variety of content (organizational behavior, teamwork, motivation, leading, stress…)
The event began with a 10-minute meditation as part of stress management. Smaller graded homework was given, which was very easy. There were a total of three multiple choice exams, which can also be completed quite easily with a good grade. At the end of the semester there was also a group presentation with the associated written work on a topic of your choice. Overall I liked the course.
MGMT 444 – Project Management at Andrae Frierson:
I had quite high expectations for this course because I was particularly interested in the subject. The course consists mainly of group work, in which a fictitious project is to be managed. Compared to the other courses, the demands here were significantly higher and some of the courses were strictly graded. In return, there was very little help from the lecturer. The group work has also proved to be difficult due to the large number of participants and unstructured approach. The workload was also much higher than in comparable courses. In addition to the group performance in the form of multi-page assignments and a final presentation, points could be collected through the three multiple choice exams. Overall, I was disappointed with the learning success of the course.
Life and everyday life:
In Fullerton you get everything you need to live. Supermarkets, shopping malls and other shops are widely represented. It is definitely advisable to organize a car, since you cannot reach much on foot. It is also important to be aware of the high cost of living. If you want to maintain your standard of living in Germany, you have to spend a lot of money. Fresh food in particular is very expensive and even the cheap fast food doesn’t taste good every day and I personally got in the mood over time. What I particularly liked about the new lifestyle was the amount of free time. So you could always do something or just lie by the pool for a day or go for a drink with friends in the bar in the evening.
The many free time allows you to do a lot. Fullerton ‘s location is good for exploring nearby beaches and towns. California offers many beautiful and interesting destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, national parks such as Yosemite, Yoshua Tree, Death Valley, several beaches, etc. It is also a good idea to rent a car here public transport is not a good alternative. On the way home I stopped in Boston and spent Christmas in New York. All in all, I saw a lot during the semester and wouldn’t want to miss the impressions I gained.
Those who make many new acquaintances and use their time in California properly will have an incredibly exciting time. The effort to prepare for the semester abroad is definitely worth it. Get the help of MicroEdu as much as you can and it will go by itself. I can only recommend a semester abroad at CSUF!