AMAZING experience! August 07, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/16/2018 to 05/12/2018 with

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that it is important to go abroad where you want to go, not where everyone else is going. I gained a new sense of independence. It was absolutely worth it.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Insurance covered everything. Medication you are used to taking in the US, make sure to bring with you as not every brand is available in China.

* Safety:

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

The program beat ALL expectations. The people were amazing and the courses fit all of my needs for both my Business and East Asian Studies majors.

Finances

* 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)

Everything is very cheap in China.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Local cuisine is incredibly cheap. The western food was a bit more expensive. Traveling by trains is inexpensive.

Language

* 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

We had Chinese roommates who we could practice Chinese with. We had language classes everyday. We needed to practice language around the city.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
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? 120a
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 as often as possible 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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friends
  • Food
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • More travel time
  • Internship placement/time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More information about class schedule and time to travel.