Semester Abroad in CSUF

In the 2011/2012 winter semester, I spent a semester at California State University Fullerton. I decided in favor of the CSUF after Mr. Schwarz from the International Office of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences told me that they already had relationships with this university and that this made it easier to credit courses. Since the HS Karlsruhe only has a few places at the CSUF, I took care of all other organizational matters through Collage Contacts. This all went very smoothly and any questions that came up were answered immediately. You could either call or email, which were answered immediately. Thank you for all of that. According to AbbreviationFinder, CSUF is the abbreviation of California State University Fullerton.

The main goal of my stay in the USA was to learn English fluently, so I decided to live with a family. The organization of the so-called homestay was taken over by the International Office of the CSUF, which also worked without any problems. Living with a family means that you usually don’t go out to party that often, but it has the great advantage that you speak English all day. It is also a great experience to get to know the American way of life up close. Besides me, my family had another international student from Saudi Arabia, which was also a very great experience. This resulted in very interesting discussions about the different cultures in the evenings.

The first days at CSUF were a bit stressful, but still great. I only took business courses, which had the advantage that I only had lectures in the new Mihaylo Hall. At first I was a little afraid of not getting my courses because I only got three of my four chosen courses. The class crashing was again a very good thing and it’s not difficult at all. The professors are usually very nice, especially to international students, as they often raise the profile of the class or stimulate new discussions in the classroom. When you are there, you can sit down in the lecture and see if you like it. In addition, you can then crash exactly the course that fits your schedule best and has the best professor. Sometimes there are professors for the same lecture, where you have to work a lot and still get bad grades, and others where you have to do almost nothing and get top grades. Rate my prof is very helpful for this. Personally, after I had three courses from the beginning, I dropped two of them again because either the time wasn’t great or the professor had bad reviews. Then I went to three other professors and asked if I could attend your lecture. Sometimes they don’t say yes right away, because they often have to clarify this with the department, but if you remain persistent and friendly, everything works. Personally, after I had three courses from the beginning, I dropped two of them again because either the time wasn’t great or the professor had bad reviews. Then I went to three other professors and asked if I could attend your lecture. Sometimes they don’t say yes right away, because they often have to clarify this with the department, but if you remain persistent and friendly, everything works. Personally, after I had three courses from the beginning, I dropped two of them again because either the time wasn’t great or the professor had bad reviews. Then I went to three other professors and asked if I could attend your lecture. Sometimes they don’t say yes right away, because they often have to clarify this with the department, but if you remain persistent and friendly, everything works.

The lectures themselves are very dependent on the professor, but a lot easier than in Germany. In particular, basic finance and accounting courses are very simple (Fin 320; Acct 201 A and B), but often require a lot of effort. This can be online exercises, Excel spreadsheets that have to be filled out, or other homework. Mostly very stupid arithmetic exercises, which make up about 30% of the grade and therefore have to be done. In addition, there are extra credit in many lectures. This means that you get extra points for very easy tasks. For example, there were quizzes in one of my lectures: Write something down you learned today. Or in another there was 25 points out of 500 as extra credit for attendance. As a result, it is often possible to achieve over 100%, and some of the internationals have done that too. In addition, there is often a curve at the end of the semester, which means that if the course is too bad, everyone gets a few percentage points until the required average is reached.

Of course I didn’t spend the whole semester studying either. Fullerton is relatively central in California, but don’t be fooled as the distances are very large. In addition, attendance is compulsory in most of the lectures. This means that mostly only weekend trips are possible. In the case of semesters, there is a week on Thanksgiving that is also free. Personally, I’ve made several trips to San Diego, as well as Palm Springs, Vegas, Santa Barbara and Seattle. In addition, of course, some to the beaches around LA, and to LA itself.

The cost of a semester depends a lot on how much you do, where you live, and whether you buy a car or not. Homestay costs between $ 800 and $ 900 per month, depending on how many meals you have.
For travel you can often get cheap flights from John Wayne Airport, this is 20 minutes. away from Fullerton and has the advantage of not having to go to LA. For traveling by car you can either buy one for the semester or rent one from time to time. I decided not to buy it and later found out from some that their cars had some defects, so you have to be lucky. Renting is great from Enterprise. There you pay from € 20 per day for your car, and an additional € 30 for fully comprehensive insurance and liability insurance. The good thing about Enterprise is that you can rent a car from the age of 21 without additional fees, which is highly recommended. A total of 10,000 € to 15,000 € should be expected for a semester, this includes tuition fees, health insurance, visas, flights, everything.

Semester Abroad in California State University Fullerton