I would do anything to go back. Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/13/2019 to 06/07/2019 with

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was precious and I would do anything to go back. I learned a lot about Chinese culture and wish to go back.

Review Photos

IFSA/Alliance: Shanghai - International Business in China Photo

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.

I thought that the educational experience was overall good. The teachers were knowledgable and the courses were taught in a complete structure. However, I wish the professors and the IFSA Coordinators were able to communicate messages across to the students better.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The host country program administration was easy to follow and allowed students to adjust comfortably into the new environment.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing in the dorms were fantastic. The rooms were clean and spacious.

* Food:

I personally loved the food in China and thought that I learned a lot about the country's culture through the food experiences I had during my time abroad. Furthermore, because China is still a developing country, food and other materials are relatively cheaper.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt that the local culture wasn't as easy as people may have thought it was to integrate myself into due to the language barrier. Towards the end of the program I was able to communicate at an elementary level with locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I personally didn't have any health issues but I know of other peers on the program that were able to quickly access premium healthcare.

* Safety:

Although the neighborhood our dorms were in was on the outskirts of the city, the city of Shanghai was overall very safe.

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

I believe that the neighborhood we were in, in combination with the specific coordinators, teachers, and students made my overall study abroad experience unforgettable.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-100


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
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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  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Students
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that in China all social media is blocked and students had to buy VPN subscriptions in order to keep up with American news and social media.

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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.