University: San Diego State University
City: San Diego
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Field of study: criminology
Study type: semester abroad
First of all I would like to say that the decision to spend a semester at SDSU was one of the best ones in my life. You are guaranteed to have a wonderful time in this great city and university. See act-test-centers for vocational training in Switzerland.
Planning was very easy and uncomplicated thanks to the MicroEdu team. I applied for it at the beginning of the year and the acceptance from the university came pretty quickly! MicroEdu will then send you a plan that you can use to orient yourself, i.e. when you should apply for a visa, etc. Remember that you have to go to the embassy in Frankfurt personally to get your visa (will then be sent after 1 week). By the way, it will be said during the interview itself whether it has been approved or not, so you don’t have to tremble for 1 week!
As you probably already know, there are 2 options when it comes to living: on campus or on the beach. I myself chose the campus and I was very happy about it! Unfortunately, the prices on the beach are really high, and of course you need a car. Unfortunately, that was too expensive for me, so I decided on SDSU area.
There you will find all kinds of student apartments all in the immediate vicinity of the campus. The most famous are probably BLVD 63 and Suites on Paseo. I chose the latter and it was the best I could do. 3 minutes walk to SDSU Gym, 4 minutes to campus, etc. Best to check out their website, but I can tell you that the bistro there tastes exceptionally good and saves you so much time because you never have to shop and cook ! By the way, food there is more expensive than you think: especially if you want to cook for yourself!
The biggest problem with the BLVD 63 is that it is practically second Germany: I estimate that there are over 70% or more Germans there, so that almost only German is spoken. And please don’t kid yourself, you won’t speak English with Germans;)
I am studying law and have therefore taken Criminal Justice as specialist courses. In order to get Bafög you definitely need a confirmation from your dean that the semester will help you! The courses at the SDSU bring a lawyer at first garnix. Criminl Justice deals mostly with police and nothing with law. The level is of course also ridiculous: 1 midterm and a final with 50 multiple choice questions – pippifax. So if you really want to go here as a law student, you have to be aware that you won’t take anything with you (from the university stuff).
Check ratemyprofessor.com, there are reviews of the professors and the course you want. My courses that I recommend: CJ 300 CJ 420 CJ305
Contrary to many statements here, I want to emphasize that a car is definitely superfluous if you live at SDSU! The buses run very often and very punctually to downtown and almost everywhere! At night there is always a bus that goes back and forth to the respective party on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends (usually 10 bucks with admission and travel).
Otherwise, I can only recommend the SDSU Gym and Aquaplex! You don’t really do much at SDSU: chilling out on campus, pool, etc. what the university offers, and that’s completely sufficient! A tour through California is of course recommended, there are also many providers who offer a bus tour to Vegas.
We were in LA and watched a LA Lakers basketball game (around 70 dollars for the ticket) very cool!
The best tip I can give you is really the Suites on Paseo. When I always saw my buddies how often they have to shop and always have to cook + clean, I thought it was definitely worth it! The food is delicious, there is something different every day and it’s all you can eat! I was in a 3-bed room and paid about 850 dollars a month with 2 meals a day: But then you don’t have any more costs! (Cleaning service included). For comparison, my friends paid way more for their meal and still had the stress of cooking!
Otherwise I can only wish you a lot of fun! Enjoy the time, it will definitely be an experience!