Absolutely Loved It Past Review

By (University of North Florida) - abroad from 06/20/2011 to 07/22/2011 with

American College of Greece: Athens - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I can't even begin to describe how much I enjoyed learning everything from my experience in Greece. It was definitely worth every second.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My teacher was always very nice, extremely helpful, and very happy to have a foreign exchange student in her class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Beautiful housing, wonderful balconies and great facilities. I loved the panini maker. :)

* Food:

Of course the food is always an awesome experience when you study abroad, and thankfully we got lots of chances to enjoy it.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since I didn't know the language it was definitely difficult to feel integrated. However by the end of my trip I knew how to read certain things and how to navigate the metro and bus system for my area. I also learned a lot about the local attitudes and culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

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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  • Local 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?
  • Learning about Greek history and culture
  • Having the freedom to explore on our own
  • Having a great relationship with my classmates and professors
* What could be improved?
  • It could be really cool to have an assigned Greek "mentor" in each class we took. I was lucky enough to make a friend but I was the only one in my group who did, and I'm sure the other students would have loved getting to hang out with their own Greek friends or mentors as well.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That trying to use the mailing system is much more difficult than in the States! And that having a watch or other timepiece is VERY helpful, as clocks are almost nowhere to be found.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Human Learning and Memory

Course Department: Psychology
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The teacher was very knowledgeable and prepared. We were assessed with 2 essay exams for the entire course, which was challenging and made me study very hard to learn the material. In class I participated about as much as I would have in my home institution.
Credit Transfer Issues: Yes, I never had my credits transferred. I still don't know what I made in the course.