Russia; life shaping-Hard, but hard does NOT mean bad Past Review

By (Social Work., Point Loma Nazarene 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! Going to Russia starched me in different ways. i learned to appreciate and value things that i already did at a new level. Found new respect for those who do not speak english, and brought personal growth in many levels.

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.

Workload was manageable. Teachers were considerate with students, yet not very engaged with their students. Teaching methods were different but I think it had to do with culture.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I think that our program director did a good job at being available and keeping track of things like our pasprt and traveling plans, transportation and excursion.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

make sure that if you are doing home stays that you communicate well with host parent and make sure that you will have access to kitchen.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Going to the hermitage, katherines palace, Finland and Stonia as well as Moscow.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:


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? When going to russia in the winter, you might find better winter clothes there than here in the states.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The help that was available to us
  • classes
  • traveling and excursions
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a