Have you ever studied in a foreign country, in the local language?
June 16, 2012 12:48 AM Subscribe
Getting a 2nd Bachelor's in a European country "as a local" - no courses in English. Please share any and all of your experiences! More details inside.
posted by Pieprz to Education (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hello Everyone - pending the acceptance of my application, which is likely, I'm going back to school to study Environmental Engineering.
It's been a dream of mine since I took a few courses in that subject during my first Bachelor's program. Hooray!
In addition to being a completely new subject for me (my original degree was in arts/humanities), I have the additional challenge of studying it in a foreign land - my husband's homeland, a large European country. And necessarily, in the language of this country.
I've already scoured MeFi for information on study strategies and tips for and from successful STEM students. It's been immensely helpful for me in my self-study and the courses I've been taking to prepare.
Now I'd like to query the hive mind for anyone's experience of studying in a foreign language and country. What was it like for you? Have any of you also done a full degree program in a foreign language? Or studied abroad a bit? Any and all stories, tips, advice, suggestions, warnings, etc. are very welcome!
Just for a bit more specific information - I've been living here for 2 years and passed the university's language requirement exam with high marks, so it can be assumed that I'm an "advanced" user of the language (although it doesn't really feel like that, haha!) and that general culture shock shouldn't be an issue anymore.
Thanks in advance!