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04 June 2011 @ 05:03 pm
Awesome news: I am going to be in Berlin for 4 weeks this summer! !!!

A while ago I was looking into study abroad options for the winter in European countries, since I am one European history class away from finishing up my double major in history.  A class at NYU costs more than $4000 plus I'd be living at home.  It just so happens that Humboldt University, a university NYU partners during the semester, has English language summer sessions.  Each class costs about 400 Euros, and it's another 400 for housing.  So overall to take a class there would be $1100 plus the cost of flights of course, which means I'd be saving about $2000.  Even sweeter is that NYU's study abroad program in Berlin offers at least one class that is exactly the same, with the exact same professor over the semester as the Humboldt U. summer session, so I am essentially paying so much less money for the same product.

I really didn't expect NYU to approve these transfer credits since there is a formal policy that you cannot transfer any credits over in your last year at NYU.  Actually I know this policy is pretty much universal at colleges across America.  However I have since learned that NYU only enforces rules when they feel like it.  Either that or the woman who approved me was incompetent, which is a very likely.  Or they felt they owed me something after that debacle.  Whatever the reason, all that matters is that I'll be living in Berlin for 4 weeks this summer, starting from July 18, and studying the Berlin Wall and European Integration.

After my class ends on August 12th, I hope to travel a bit throughout Europe since I am paying so much for the planefare anyways.  I would love to go to Turkey and tour Eastern Europe since I have since discovered Eastern European countries aren't scary at all and are much cheaper than the West.  I especially want to see Montenegro which is where Casino Royale takes place.  I'm not sure if my parents will be joining me or not, but I'm hoping one of my friends might.  But I wouldn't mind traveling by myself either since last time was such an amazing experience.  
willalittpiski on June 6th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm going to Turkey in a few days!
Jessicafierywaif on June 6th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Istanbul? Awesome! Please blog about it!
willalittpiski on June 7th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
istanbul for a few days, and then izmir/cesme!
Laura ☂starryeyedmagic on June 6th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
oh wow that's amazing that you're able to take classes in Europe for essentially less money than if you just took them the regular way!
Jessicafierywaif on June 7th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
Yeah American private colleges suck! Did you study abroad during college? Are you going to do any traveling over the summer?
Laura ☂: madmen: joanpeggystarryeyedmagic on June 7th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
I did! I studied in London for winter break when I was a junior, it was fab.

lol although tbh London is not terribly different from NY (besides the historical sites and more cobblestone) but I had a lot of fun. I took a theater class there for my English minor so we got to see a bunch of shows just for the class I was taking.

hmm I'm not sure really about the summer. I might take a couple of long weekends, like a road trip or something. I don't really have a ton of money for much grander things. But at some point I need to travel more, there's so many places I want to see. My roommate is going to Italy on Saturday and I'm so jealous!
jbrainstem on June 12th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
that's so great! i want to go to berlin! i hear it's noticeably cheaper than other german cities in general.

how is housing working? dorms, or are you subletting??
Jessicafierywaif on June 12th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Dorms, although I don't know the details yet. 400 Euros for 4 weeks.