Life-changing in the best way possible Past Review

By (Business, Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/12/2016 to 06/05/2016 with

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned the Chinese culture and language, to live in Shanghai, to learn how to enjoy the little things, and to have fun.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Amazing educational experience

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amazing administration and program!!! Couldn't be better

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Super nice rooms. You live with an international and Chinese roommate in a nice apartment. It is the perfect mix, you get exposure and contact with local Chinese students and also get to live with your American / international friends!

* Food:

CHINESE FOOD IS THE BEST. Cheap & so good!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The housing arrangements give you the chance to really integrate, but the program doesn't force you to do anything you don't want to. It's ideal

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe in Shanghai, even at night walking alone.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

It couldn't have been a better experience. I had so much fun, learned a lot, really got in touch with the local culture, made local friends. Every day was an adventure and a new experience!


* 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)

It's cheap to study abroad in Shanghai


* 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

It encourages and gives you the chance to use the language in many ways, but doesn't force you to do so if you don't feel comfortable.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • M/aNothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/a

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.