Deeply Exploring China with Great New Friends Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/24/2016 to 12/17/2016 with

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Academically, I learned about China's business culture and economic state. Personally, I gained a love for traveling, appreciation for independence, am more accepting, and love meeting new people! It was so worthwhile.

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.

4 days a week of Chinese language learning, the Finance course was challenging as well. Professors were very helpful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Incredible Senior Program Assistant Zhang Yingyi.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

You have a single room within a 3-room apartment however the room's walls molded from the rain.

* Food:

Many food options, a close by cafeteria, or cheap eats right outside the dorm.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Please pay attention to your phones and purse.

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)

Incredible low cost to eat and travel in China.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Anywhere from $50-$100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook for yourself if you have a kitchen.


* 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? Intermediate
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? Chin30
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak with the locals!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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?
  • Field Study Trip
  • New Friends
  • Chinese Class
* What could be improved?
  • Internship Placement/ Duties
  • Taking Classes with Local Students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring more Winter appropriate clothes!

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!