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Old 01-29-2008, 10:31 PM   #46
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I will go to the University of Montana for one semester, and either try to do an internship right after that or extending it for one more semester.
What's the actual difference between study abroad and exchange program? Basically, I'm just spending one (or maybe even two) semesters at the other University visiting the courses offered there. I guess it's rather an exchange program, since a student from Montana is offered to go here for one semester.

It's really cool as the University in Montana is offering such courses as economic development, environmental economics, world trade theory etc. And there is a ski area just thirty minutes by car.
Awesome! I suppose an exchange program is more common when students are in high school here, then the foreign student comes to live with the family and vice versa. They're basically the same though.

You're an economics major, I'm guessing?
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yes. and discotheques. what i remember about Koln was drinking and clubbing. and the most beautiful people in Germany all seem to live there.
lol.
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Awesome! I suppose an exchange program is more common when students are in high school here, then the foreign student comes to live with the family and vice versa. They're basically the same though.

You're an economics major, I'm guessing?
Oh, those exchange programs usually are done when they are still normal students in school. As we don't have a high school system, especially students that go to the "Gymnasium" do those exchange programs and to get together with students about their age they will do so with high school students.

I'm going to live in a dorm which will be an interesting experience.

You are right, I'm currently studying Economics and will graduate a Bachelor of Arts in 2010.

I've not yet been to Koln.
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^oh economy is a BA at your school? I'm doing the same and my is B.sc.
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I think that's because the RWTH is more focussing on research, and the FHW, being a University for Applied Science is more focussing on the practical side (at least they say they are )

But I think in the end the differences will be not much more than the title.
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What's the actual difference between study abroad and exchange program?
In Canada, an exchange program is one that is made officially between two universities so that they both accept a certain number of students per term or per year. There is a direct reciprocity and the student pays fees to their home school but attends the school abroad.

Study abroad is something that is self-initiated.
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Oh, those exchange programs usually are done when they are still normal students in school. As we don't have a high school system, especially students that go to the "Gymnasium" do those exchange programs and to get together with students about their age they will do so with high school students.

I'm going to live in a dorm which will be an interesting experience.

You are right, I'm currently studying Economics and will graduate a Bachelor of Arts in 2010.

I've not yet been to Koln.
I'm planning on studying abroad probably my junior year, somewhere in Europe.

Dorms really aren't that bad. Getting used to living with someone in a fairly small space is weird at first, but once you come to a sort of agreement about who does what and what is okay to do, it's easy. Food can sometimes be pretty bad though, depending on which dorm you live in.
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