A Mid-college life fulfilling experience. Past Review

By (Interior Design., Maryville University of Saint Louis) - abroad from 06/08/2011 to 06/24/2011 with

American College of Greece: Athens - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained international understanding and relationships. It was worth it and I would recommend it to everyone to at least do once.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I feel as if I learned more about my Greek heritage and the Greek culture in those two weeks at Deree than I had throughout my whole life. The student leaders as well as our teachers, were so passionate about what they had to teach us.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone was welcoming and helpful. Heritage Greece was a very well organized program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartments we stayed in were located close to school, had a common area lounge, had nice views of Athens from our balcony and had a fridge full of food!

* Food:

The food was great everywhere we ate. During lunch, we would eat at Deree and at night and on weekends we would usually go to a restaurant. All of the meals had good variety and tasted great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was nice that there were a handful of Greek students who traveled with us on our excursions or came to hang out with us after class. If it weren't for them, I don't think we would have experienced the local culture as much.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I personally didn't have any health issues but I feel if I would have, there were plenty of people who would have been willing to help.

* Safety:

As long as you use the same common sense you would use in your home city, safety is not an issue. There wasn't a single time when I felt in danger while in Athens.

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? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

We had to speak it in class, and then if we would try our best to speak it to shop owners or practice with the other students.

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
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Buy a pocket language guide once you get to Greece and then take it with you, everywhere! Whip it out while talking to friends and reply in greek.

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

  • Apartment
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions
  • Meeting the greek students
  • Learning some greek
* What could be improved?
  • More interaction with local events/people
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Travel with less stuff. It's just easier in every way.