Dustin."Europe is overrated"? Europe is an entire continent and extremely diverse. Yes, maybe the 5 cities you visited for 2 weeks while balls deep in tourism were overrated, but much like everywhere else in the world large cities are generally the same and I would therefore dismiss your claims of being even remotely familiar with Europe.
To the OP, I'm not a big city kind of guy and that's exactly what Berlin is. It's also very far from the mountains and some of my favorite MTB, ski, hike, etc. kinds of regions. I understand that your lack of experience traveling/living abroad breeds strong desire to just go for it, but I would recommend getting through college with the goal of living somewhere where you can pursue your hobbies and stay for more than just a few short months.
I agree with this as well, but the plus side is that if i can take physics while I'm abroad, then it really seems like a no brainer because my tuition here will cover the expenses of the tuition while abroad. So then I would just be going to school in a different country, knowing that my credits would directly transfer back over.
OregonDeadIf you are going to actually use that science degree then you'll have plenty of money to go to EU later. If you don't have a real plan for your career then have as much fun in college as possible. I'm glad I studied abroad in college BC I was broke and didn't travel at all for like 5 years after I got my degree.
I plan on becoming a pharmacist doing research for major pharmaceutical companies or quite possibly becoming a doctor, so my view on this was to take this one potential set back and give myself one quarter (8-10 weeks) to sort of relax/decompress and enjoy myself before saying goodbye to life when entering into a competitive atmosphere, that is UW's chemistry department.
transfer to the University in Germany....
Why? Because it's fucking free and in English. (unless it's a private university, but more than likely it's not).
Germany offers free tuition to international students. If you are doing well enough now that you could transfer, just transfer to the uni in Germany. All that money you think you will be saving on instate tuition, you can save on no tuition.
The only issue becomes work if you need extra funds. However there are programs where you can be an English tutor or you can work for an american company or you can get a paid internship through the university. If you have a skill that you can do freelance, you can also do that.
I also have discussed this with my professor (he was born in Germany and still holds citizenship), but the problem is that I only want to study abroad to see the world at an affordable cost and maybe at the best time to do it. I love washington and see myself living here for the greater part of my life. And from what I understand, the tuition is not free to non-German citizens because they pay a higher income tax (~55%) which amongst other things, accounts for this "free" tuition. They pay the taxes so they reap the benefits. That's just how I understand it but I could quite possibly be wrong.
Has anybody on NS studied abroad and taken a break from a somewhat rigorous career path? I know I wouldn't regret it because life is too short and to be spending 10+ years in college with no breaks seems rather overwhelming.