Belgium: The best decision I have ever made Past Review

By (psychology, Abroad101 University) for

AFS: High School Year and Semester Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
You learn who you are and strengthen all the good qualities you had at the beginning.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

There is no homework only exams, so you must be in 100% control and in charge of whether or not you pass the year or not. It is hard to know what the teachers are expecting and no matter what, only 10% of the students pass at the end of the year.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I love AFS because they have been doing this so sucessfully for so long. Even my mom was an AFS exchange student

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Right next to the school but with my own freedom of choosing my own apartment

* Food:

Obviously I was the one cooking haha

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

only with locals but not with other students on the program which I found to be the best

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

you are on your own but it is a safe place to live

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

Only speak the foreign language and have a little contact with your home country as possible.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Any one open and independent that isn't afraid of anything, jump right in.