Incredible Program! Past Review

By (Business, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/21/2015 to 05/12/2015 with

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself who I am as a person and a friend. Getting thrown into an experience and learning how to be self-reliant was important for my personal development. It was worthwhile and while the classes were not the most intensive. I learned so much from my abroad experience and many of the memories I made help me to think about my life in a different way.

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 program allowed me to grow and learn from a new culture. We went on incredible travel trips and I was able to learn so much about Chinese culture and about myself. I would very highly recommend this program. The internship and having a Chinese roommate were some of the highlights of the program for me.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great housing: room to yourself, two roommates, a kitchen and a private bathroom. Location: Outside of the city, close to nice restaurants, bus station and subway line.

* Food:

Great street food nearby!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We lived in our own little bubble for the most part since we are in all international dorms.

* 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)


* 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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • The people I met
  • The experiences I had
  • The challenges I faced
* What could be improved?
  • Class Structure (3 hour blocks)
  • Internship placement times
  • More activity trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is okay to take days for yourself and not spend every moment of your study abroad adventure doing something