fun, interesting and eye opening Past Review

By (International/Global Studies., Towson University) for

AIFS: St. Petersburg - Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
YES, in addition to language knowleadge I have gained experience living, working and studying in another country. It has certainly affected my cultural awareness and future plans. I am considering returning at least to visit possibly stay there

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.

The workload itself was less then what I am used to at an american university. the grading system is on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. The teaching methods were different as well but also different depending on the teacher as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

strenghts were the programs excursions and the great staff of the program, weaknesses were limited structure

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

very little vegetarian foods, quality was good, food takes a little getting used to but its delicious

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

we would go on excursions every week to major palaces and churches to canal rides, and excursions to Finland and estonia as well

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

the area where the university is located isnt the best part of town but i didnt encounter any issues, the tap water is unsafe to drink so you must purchase water.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? clothing is very expensive in st petersburg, food and drink is relatively cheap


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 200 level course
Language acquisition improvement?

I could pratice the language with friends, teachers and most other people. I needed to use the host language in everyday interactions. Most people did not speak english.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • cultural excursions
  • location
* What could be improved?
  • academics
  • university involvment