University: San Diego State University
City: San Diego
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Study type: semester abroad
San Diego State University really leaves nothing to be desired. Whether academic or just scenic. Pretty much every subject (even surfing!) is offered, which is also available in Germany. The lecturers are mostly very humane and, unlike in Germany, also very accessible and extremely helpful. As for the campus, it’s just a dream. Everywhere are green areas, palm trees, cafes and of course everywhere you look….good looking girls. For the ladies of creation only so much… you will certainly not miss out. Furthermore, there is a huge underground library on campus where there is also internet access that you can use at any time. Since sport is very important in the USA, it is hardly surprising that there are also the appropriate sports facilities. Be it football, volleyball, football, basketball, baseball or or or. I can only say that every athlete’s heart will beat because there are almost no German universities of this size. And then there’s also the COX Arena. Normally, the “Aztecs” play basketball there, but the huge hall is often used for events of all kinds. Good Charlotte, Pink, Britney Spears, Linkin Park, Incubus, Dave Matthews, POD and and and are just a few of the artists who have been there. but the huge hall is also often used for events of all kinds. Good Charlotte, Pink, Britney Spears, Linkin Park, Incubus, Dave Matthews, POD and and and are just a few of the artists who have been there. but the huge hall is also often used for events of all kinds. Good Charlotte, Pink, Britney Spears, Linkin Park, Incubus, Dave Matthews, POD and and and are just a few of the artists who have been there. See anycountyprivateschools for study in Czech Republic.
San Diego is pretty much the coolest city in all of California. The weather is always good and everyone is just relaxed and if not a bit punk’d (= casual way of life, cruising around with a longboard, surfing a bit and just having fun). Otherwise it’s never really boring in San Diego, because in addition to the countless shopping malls there are also plenty of beaches, the huge zoo, parks, Seaworld, and a super good nightlife. As far as nightlife goes, I can only recommend downtown. It’s not exactly cheap there, but you really get something. First port of call in “On Broadway”. The best of all clubs. The only downside is that all clubs close at half past two. Except for a club called L5, which is even open until 4 a.m. But it only fills up after 1 a.m. For those who don’t want to pay an entrance fee of 20 dollars, I can only recommend Pacific Beach. Very cool location right on the beach. If you want to go out even cheaper, you should buy a 12-pack of beer and then go to one of the many house parties near the university. Almost anyone can come. It’s just a little different than ours. If you get bored, there is always the possibility to go on excursions. LA is about 1 ½ hours away and Las Vegas is not far away. If you have time and a little money left, you can also tour to San Francisco. Almost mandatory in my eyes. Those who are more of an adventurer can also go to Mexico. It’s only half an hour away. There’s always a lot to tell but I think you should just get a picture of the whole thing for yourself. I’m just saying…it’s very different from the US.
The friendliness shown by the American salespeople is particularly striking. No matter which store you go to, you will be greeted with a “hey how you doin’?”. Whether the seller really wants to know that is of course another question, but I still thought it was great. What you absolutely need to live in San Diego is a) a car b) a cell phone (cell phone too American) and c) just that Money. San Diego is the seventh largest city in the USA and without a car I’m simply lost because the distances to the beach, downtown, shopping malls etc. are not exactly close. A cell phone is just mandatory because after all you have to be available for your dates. I simply brought my German mobile phone (TriBand) with me and bought a prepaid card. Here at the latest you will find out how different Germany and the USA are again, because in the States you also have to pay when you are called!! It’s always good if you know something like this beforehand and don’t wonder why you don’t have any more credit after a few phone calls have been received. What you should definitely bring with you is the wherewithal to finance a nice life in San Diego. The costs for daily life are simply much higher than here and you just have to reckon with that. You also want to rent a surfboard from time to time, go away at the weekend (which starts on Thursday in SD) or just dare a trip to one of the other cool cities in California. I’m just saying LA, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and and and. Although no longer in California, Las Vegas is “only” 5 hours away. A must for all those who have a few euros. Otherwise I can only say from my point of view that it just never gets boring in San Diego. There are just too many beautiful beaches and too many things to do. And when you’re not in the mood to go out, you can always while away the time in the huge fitness center (open 24 hours). What will immediately catch everyone’s eye is the body cult in SD. Anyone who doesn’t exactly weigh 200 kilos trains their body and also shows it off. You will especially notice it on campus and on the beaches. That’s all I can say wonderful. OK, unfortunately it has to be said that it is not always an advantage if you spend more time in the gym than in school. Someone actually asked me where I was from (Germany) and a few minutes later the question came up “and do you speak German?” I would have liked to say NO, but I decided not to. The poor thing has already been punished enough. Something similar will happen to you then. Some Americans will report on their adventures in Germany, when they were in Amsterdam, and others will proudly show you their color TV or microwave. Because we don’t have anything like that yet. But all in all the people are really OK and you don’t need to worry too much.
I was one of the smart ones who didn’t go to University Towers because they’re like jail. Just rules, rules and more rules. The absolute ban on alcohol on the entire site was particularly amusing. But back to my accommodation. I thought I’d move into a youth hostel (hostel) for the first week and then I’ll find something. But that was easier said than done, because hardly anyone wants someone to live in their room for 4 months. This should then also be furnished and not too far away from the university. In short, Mission Impossible III. But after only 2 weeks I finally made it and found an apartment in “walking distance”. OK, the fun cost $600 a month, but that’s normal for College Area (unfortunately). There was then no alcohol ban or anything else announced. I lived with 7 other studies (one from Germany and the others from the USA) and I would do it again if I didn’t know about the Piedro del Sol apartments. They’re just awesome.
All in all, I can only say that it was pretty much the coolest 4 months ever. California or San Diego is really a dream and if I could I would do it again in a heartbeat. Also, my academic record was pretty good, even better than my American classmates. But that was probably the case with most Germans. You see, I can only recommend San Diego to you. I will spend the time of your life there. Be it on the beach, on the surfboard, in the many clubs or anywhere else……you will just have fun and you will.