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FAQ for TCNJ Heidelberg

Will I earn TCNJ credit for these courses?

  • Yes.  Students in the TCNJ Heidelberg program earn TCNJ Heidelberg credit – courses will be measured in TCNJ “units” (1 TCNJ unit = 4 credits) and grades from completed courses will be factored into TCNJ students’ grade point averages.  Students  from other institutions will be able to transfer credit to their home institution by requesting a TCNJ transcript.  All syllabi in the TCNJ Heidelberg program have been reviewed by TCNJ faculty and administrators.

Who will be my professors in the TCNJ Heidelberg program?

  • Every fall semester TCNJ will send a full-time faculty member to Heidelberg to serve as the resident director of the program. That professor will teach several courses in her or his speciality.  (The Fall 2014 director is Dr. Sunita Ahlawat, Professor and Chair, Department of Accounting and Information Systems.  (We have exciting plans for Accounting majors on this program, and hopefully DR. Ahlawat’s participation will open up opportunities for students in the School of Business.)  The faculty at our partner institution, SRH Heidelberg University, will teach a variety of courses in English on their campus as part of their new “international track” in their Business Administration program.  Finally, the European Study Center (ESC) will staff a number of courses that may be used by TCNJ students to fulfill Liberal Learning requirements, begin or continue German language study, and make progress in the core, minor, and major programs in the TCNJ School of Business.  Instructors for these courses will be drawn from the teaching faculty of ESC partner institutions.  (Please note: Student services for the program will be organized by the ESC staff, and they will be available to TCNJ students on a 24/7 basis.)

Will classes in the TCNJ Heidelberg program be different from those taught on the TCNJ campus?

  • The classes taught in the TCNJ Heidelberg program will take advantage of students’ presence on the European continent.  Site visits and field trips to European institutions such as the Council of Europe, the European Central Bank, and the Reichstag building in Berlin will give students a sense of how business and politics in Europe have an impact on the economies of the United States and the world at large.  Concepts introduced during classroom discussions will be experienced firsthand on these visits.  The role of culture will also be addressed, as many of the program excursions to sites of cultural importance will connect in some way to the content of courses taught at the ESC and at SRH Heidelberg University.  Experiential education – learning from one’s experiences – will complement time spent in the classroom and in computer laboratories and expose students to a unique learning experience as a TCNJ student.

Where will I live?

  • Students will live in the European Study Center’s student residence at the Villa Krehl, Bergstrasse 106, in a very comfortable residential neighbor of the city.  Classrooms, the library, and the computer laboratory will be just a short walk away from students’ bedrooms, and wireless Internet access is available throughout the ESC campus.  (Students will still have access to SOCS and PAWS and the TCNJ Library’s resources online, and the ESC will provide students with additional learning resources.)  There are singles and doubles available in the student residence, and the rooms are well outfitted with modern furnishings.  (Check out the ESC’s website for more details and many pictures.)

Where will I eat my meals?

  • The ESC has no formal dining hall along the lines of “Eick” or “T-Dubbs.”  Students can purchase food at local supermarkets in Heidelberg.  There are several kitchens in the ESC and students will be able to prepare their meals there – this is a great opportunity to learn something about European cuisine and cooking the perfect Sauerbraten!  Students taking classes at the SRH Heidelberg University may also eat meals at the SRH dining facilities on the SRH campus.  As the ESC website explains, there are plenty of bakeries, food starts, speciality food shops, and supermarkets in walking distance of the student residence.  We do recommend that students take an additional $1,000 to cover projected expenses for food while in Europe, as they will be responsible for meals on the road during field trips as well as on independent travel.

How do I pay for the TCNJ Heidelberg program?

  • Students will be billed by TCNJ for tuition and fees as well as housing.  Students’ financial aid awards will be applied to students’ bills, and the balance will be due in August 2014.  Students have the option to pay their tuition using the Sallie Mae payment plans available on the website of the Student Accounts office.
  • Students should consider purchasing Tuition Refund Insurance, available through the College .  Please note: this coverage would not include any travel-related expenses such as airfare.

What about health insurance and medical care in Heidelberg?

  • The Center for Global Engagement will enroll students in HTH Worldwide Insurance, one of the most reputable options for US study abroad programs.  (The fee for this insurance – $132 in 2013-2014 – will be an additional expense that will be applied to the student’s PAWS account, just like the on-campus SHIP policy is billed for residential students at TCNJ.)  Upon enrollment, students register online with HTH Worldwide, download their insurance cards, and access the online directory of health care providers in Heidelberg who are in the HTH Worldwide network.  (There are four primary care physicians in Heidelberg alone – the nearest one is two blocks away from the ESC student residence.  Specialists and dentists may also be found in HTH’s online directory.)  The HTH Worldwide policy focuses upon health care, medical evacuation, and the repatriation of remains. Tuition refund insurance and trip cancellation insurance are not included in the HTH Worldwide policy.
  • Students may want to purchase trip cancellation insurance.  Such coverage is fairly standardized in the insurance industry, but prices vary and students should engage in some comparison shopping for the best value.

How much spending money do you recommend?  What about banking?

  • Generally we recommend $150-200 per week, depending on personal habits, travel plans, and recreational preferences.  Students should have no need to set up a non-resident bank account in Germany, as ATMs with access to their US bank accounts are readily available throughout Heidelberg, Germany, and the rest of Europe.  (Students should check with their banking institutions to see if there are special alliances with European banks of which to take advantage.)

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