A great trip! Past Review

By (Abilene Christian University) - abroad from 07/08/2017 to 09/29/2017 with

Abilene Christian University: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in China, Hosted by the Asia Institute

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
China is full of hospitable, intelligent people who, in many ways, are years ahead of Americans.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing while visiting Hong Kong and Beijing were wonderful, but he Penta Hotel in Shanghai was subpar.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish we could have connected with Chinese college students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Before I left for China a received a Hep A vaccination. (This was optional)

* Safety:

Very safe!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

In China food and product are inexpensive. Entertainment costs more.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $650
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save your money for the trip to Hong Kong which is more expensive.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Ancient Culture
  • Great Wall
  • Temples
* What could be improved?
  • Food that doesn't upset American stomachs
  • Shanghai accomodations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Build meaningful connections with Chinese students and business people that can lead to future job and internship opportunities.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!