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Microbiology in Western Europe : Reviews (Amsterdam)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Study Abroad & Global Engagement
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Amelia Mae Bigler, Summer 2017 Participant
My favorite part of the program was visiting Heidelberg University, meeting some graduate students there, and learning about the German higher education system and the research they were doing there.

 

Jeney Hampton Do, Summer 2017 Participant
My favorite part of my study abroad program is when I had the ability to visit many science departments in Europe and compare and contrast these organizations with organizations in the US.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
My favorite part of this program was the trip to Geneva. It was beautiful and we got to see some amazing places such as the UNAIDS and Novartis. We had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and learn about the incredible work that they do.

 

Payton E Leiker, Summer 2017 Participant
Heidelberg was like this little world of biology and was gorgeous and english friendly with amazing food that I never wanted to leave.

 

Lauren Ashley Cardo, Summer 2019 Participant
My favorite part of this program was getting to visit the WHO in Geneva. I study infectious disease pharmacy, and to be able to sit around the table at the epicenter of the global health network was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

 

Summer 2019 Participant
My favorite part of the program was being able to visit prestigious sites that are commonly unavailable to the general population.

 

Alina J Kolchinsky, Summer 2019 Participant
I loved all of our time spent in Geneva, Switzerland. While our stay there was relatively short, we visited the UN, the WHO, the Red Cross, and Doctors without Borders: some of the most influential and globally impactful organizations in the world. All of the people we encountered at these international headquarters were so passionate about their respective organization and its mission to help those in need. Our whole group was very inspired by these visits in particular. Additionally, the city of Geneva was incredibly beautiful, international and had such history. I loved getting to explore the streets of Geneva and even spend some time relaxing by the lake!

 

Summer 2019 Participant
Another girl and I took a cable car to the top of Mont Saleve for dinner and watched the sunset over Geneva. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

 

Summer 2019 Participant
I really loved travelling with a small group of people who all love biology, getting to know each of them better, and experience the cultures of multiple different countries with them.

 

Amelia Mae Bigler, Summer 2017 Participant
One of the most rewarding parts of the program was visiting France and improving my French. It inspired me to invest more time and energy into learning French once I got back to the US.

 

Jeney Hampton Do, Summer 2017 Participant
I found the cultural experience rewarding due to the time given to explore Europe on my own. It was exciting to visit many historical buildings and learn the cultural significance and its direct impact on the community in Europe.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I found that the presentations combined with the cultural aspects gave me the full view of the country and a deeper sense of how the country works.

 

Payton E Leiker, Summer 2017 Participant
I learned how to really listen and ask insightful questions even if I don't fully understand what I am being taught so as to get a better grasp on it which is a skill I will definitely use in every day life.

 

Alina J Kolchinsky, Summer 2019 Participant
I felt as though this program in particular was a really lovely mix of educational visits and cultural experience. The visits we made as part of the program were so enriching and inspiring, especially for us as young science minded individuals. With opportunities at the UN, WHO, Pasteur Institute, EMBL and more, the itinerary was absolutely stacked with once in a lifetime opportunities. But alongside these incredible stops, we were given plenty of time to explore the cities and experience the local culture as well.

 

Amelia Mae Bigler, Summer 2017 Participant
Air conditioning is a luxury. Also, normal bottled water is not very common in Germany; there's lots of carbonated water.

 

Jeney Hampton Do, Summer 2017 Participant
The thing that I learned the most that would be helpful is be prepared for the weather and remain open minded. There will be many challenges during this program that you will not expect and it is important to remain open minded on things.

 

Summer 2017 Participant
I learned to never be afraid to ask a question because that is how you get the most out of your experience.

 

Payton E Leiker, Summer 2017 Participant
I learned several things, for one even in a three week program, culture shock does exist, the time flies but the days feel so long, and even though it seems like you're just having the time of your life, you're actually learning so much along the way.

 

Aletha Elizabeth Loeb, Summer 2017 Participant
Look up information on the countries you're going to.

 

Alina J Kolchinsky, Summer 2019 Participant
This program really highlighted the importance of asking questions and being actively curious about new ideas, cultures and ways of doing things. Presenters loved knowing that we were engaged with their institution and oftentimes, our questions brought up stark differences between the way things are done in the US and the way that their institution was run. It was also really interesting to have such an easy dialogue with the presenters.