A Challenge I Am Happy I Took Past Review

By (Corporate Finance and Accounting, Bentley University) - abroad from 02/11/2014 to 06/08/2014 with

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - Intensive Chinese Language

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My language skills improved dramatically. I am now more aware of Asian culture, foreign policy, and history.

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Class was very tough, but my Chinese language skills improved exponentially.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Home stay option was fantastic.

* Food:

Have an open mind, and don't judge a meal by its cover.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Located in the heart of Beijing

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any single health issue in China, but I always was aware of the guidelines should anything arise.

* Safety:

Be aware of your surroundings and be smart.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50 max


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate Chinese
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Language Improvement
  • Travel Excursions
  • Home Stay Option
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I wasn't so anxious at the beginning of my trip. I spent too much time thinking about what I was missing at home at the beginning of my trip.

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!