China is crazy Past Review

By (International Business Finance, Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/13/2019 to 06/08/2019 with

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
what it feels like to be a foreigner

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

yingyi is great. she should lead the program. other 2 admins really didnt seem to do much for the students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

u take classes with other study abroad students and that doesnt give much room for international classroom experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

they did not say how terrible the air quality would be the first 1.5 months of the program. honestly felt like i was smoking a pack a day. I dont smoke.

* Safety:

very safe, but beware of the constant scams.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

i want to go explore other parts of the world


* 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)

china is cheap for american standards, but watch your spending as it can add up quick.


* 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? Intermediate
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
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • food
  • activities
* What could be improved?
  • administration
  • student life with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that i would need a mask for the pollution starting spring semester

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.