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University of Mississippi 2015/16

The starting point for my semester abroad at the University of Mississippi was my desire for a stay abroad in the USA, which has always been very interesting for me, after completing my bachelor’s degree, in combination with the discovery that the famous Ole Miss is a partner university of my Potsdam University is. After successfully completing the first two application stages (including the group interview), I was able to look forward to being accepted for the 2015 fall semester almost a year in advance. Thanks to my exchange scholarship, I was completely waived the $ 10,000 in tuition fees, which was a significant financial relief. My DAAD partial scholarship, which was subsequently approved, also helped to reduce financial worries. The subsequent paperwork was honestly worse than expected, there is simply an infinite number of things to consider. I would particularly like to highlight the VISA process here. By nature lengthy and sluggish, in my case this culminated in the fact that the host institution did not send urgently needed papers for so long, that an appointment at the local (Berlin) consulate around the corner was no longer possible in time, so that I was allowed to go to Munich. in order to be able to perceive my already booked flight. Even if everything went well in the end, I recommend initiating the entire process as early as possible, regardless of the university, and applying consistent pressure to avoid unnecessary stress as much as possible. In the end, the whole effort should still be worth it and so we could start in the deep south of the USA.

Accommodation and meals

Subject: Business administration

Length of stay: 08 /2015 – 12 /2014

Host university:University of Mississippi

Host country: United States

After a private two-week trip through the east coast and mid-west of the USA, I reached Memphis, where I met a fellow student from Potsdam and future roommates for the semester at Ole Miss and 2 days later, privately organized, I started the last stage to Oxford. (Most of the other students used the university shuttle from Memphis Airport) Arrived a few days earlier in our off-campus residential complex “University Trails”, we were first confronted with the tough, but at least sunny reality. Simplest accommodation, almost nothing available that you need to live and rooms are often in poor condition. And that for a good $ 550 (because organized independently, even more expensive through the university). At least there was a pool and basketball and volleyball court, but that didn't change the fact that I first had to get a complete household at Walmart (an "experience" for every non-American). After you had come to terms with the poor conditions and settled in a bit, you could enjoy the benefits in the best weather (until late autumn). In the end, you only slept in your own apartment. Groceries and thus the general cost of living are considerably higher in the USA (and unfortunately also in the “poorer” south) than in Germany, and this also applies to the various university canteens and cafés as well as restaurants and supermarkets. At a certain point, however, I made the decision, at least for myself, to stop calculating and calculating everything - as far as possible - and to come to terms with the higher cost of living without letting it get out of hand. You can eat and drink extremely well in Oxford.

Subject: Business administration

Length of stay: 08 /2015 – 12 /2014

Host university:University of Mississippi

Host country: United States

Accommodation and meals

After a private two-week trip through the east coast and mid-west of the USA I reached Memphis, where I met a fellow student from Potsdam and future roommates for the semester at Ole Miss and 2 days later, privately organized, I started the last stage to Oxford. (Most of the other students used the university shuttle from Memphis Airport) Arrived a few days earlier in our off-campus residential complex “University Trails”, we were first confronted with the tough, but at least sunny reality. Simplest accommodation, almost nothing available that you need to live and rooms are often in poor condition. And that for a good $ 550 (because organized independently, even more expensive through the university). At least there was a pool and basketball and volleyball court, but that didn’t change the fact that we first had to get a complete household at Walmart (an “experience” for every non-American). After you had come to terms with the poor conditions and settled in a bit, you could enjoy the benefits in the best weather (until late autumn). In the end, you only slept in your own apartment. Groceries and thus the general cost of living are considerably higher in the USA (and unfortunately also in the “poorer” south) than in Germany, and this also applies to the various university canteens and cafés as well as restaurants and supermarkets. At a certain point, however, I made the decision, at least for myself, to stop calculating and calculating everything - as far as possible - and to come to terms with the higher cost of living without letting it get out of hand. You can eat and drink extremely well in Oxford.

University and Organization

The sometimes questionable organization then continued in everyday life, although I personally had even fewer problems, which was, however, also thanks to the extraordinary commitment of my professor. Other exchange students struggled or failed to get into the courses they needed, which caused an unnecessarily high amount of stress, especially in the first few weeks. I see one reason for this in poor communication between the Ole Miss International Office and the individual departments, as well as in the clearly noticeable understaffing of the International Office. There is definitely a lot of room for improvement here. The everyday university life itself was very pleasant. Much more academic than in Germany, everyday course life turned out to be easier than expected, at least in my case, and you quickly got along well. In addition to my 2 required business administration courses, I also took psychology and civil rights history, which was particularly interesting at the Ole Miss location with its explosive race history. I was able to complete all courses in the best possible way and learn a lot of new things, even outside of my actual study stay. A semester abroad is ideal for this; In addition to the language and the new environment, you can also think outside the box in terms of educational technology. Particularly noteworthy is the commitment of the professors and the relationship between them and the students. I still have a friendly relationship with my management professor to this day and it was thanks to him that I was able to take my courses as I had planned and that I wasn't confronted with the problems of other students. A big thank you for this, I would often like to see such a professor-student relationship in Germany. Another plus was that you had a “Global Ambassador” at your side, a kind of tandem student, who was supposed to make your social and university entry even easier. I was incredibly lucky with my ambassador, a former exchange student, so that I was able to make an incredible number of contacts in the first two weeks and we remained good friends throughout the semester.

Free time and student life

Ole Miss and Oxford get a huge plus as a city for its student, extracurricular life. The people are all incredibly friendly, helpful and open-minded, especially towards exchange students. You can experience the famous Southern Hospitality here right from the first day, which makes getting started a lot easier. A huge range of sports and leisure opportunities in and outside of the university, with the greatest Greek culture in the USA (sororities / fraternities determined university life), for a small town like Oxford, countless restaurants, cafes and bars; All of this ensured that you never got bored during the 4.5 months and that you could return to Germany with an infinite number of great memories. Here it is particularly important to point out the football games on the weekend, which are a sensation in themselves and for every student socialized in Central Europe certainly represent a small culture shock. For me, as a US sports fan, that was exactly the right thing and I will spend my life with 100,000 fans on the late autumn Saturdays in the Grove (the central park on campus) at Tailgaten (kind of "preheating" in tents with lots of food and drinks) remember, there is nothing like it. In general, one could find an incredibly large sense of community in all areas of life, which was another positive difference to Germany. You're proud to study at Ole Miss. You definitely have this pride after the semester as an exchange student. The entire south can also be explored really well from Oxford. During the semester I was drawn to New Orleans, Nashville, Charleston, other students to Las Vegas or Florida. Trips like these are highly recommended to see more of the USA, but in the long run they also represent a significant cost factor.

In summary, it can be said that once you had overcome the organizational problems and came to terms with certain customs, the semester abroad at Ole Miss had met my expectations. Both academically and personally, such a time brings you immensely. Apart from the linguistic advancement, it was above all new perspectives, friendships and especially countless memories that I wouldn't want to miss anymore. Right now I'm visiting Oxford again, which can be seen as a big compliment for the people and the place. So if you are not put off by certain organizational start-up difficulties, I definitely recommend a stay at Ole Miss. For me it was a great time with priceless experiences.