Best four months of my life Past Review

By (Hospitality Management, Widener University) - abroad from 02/22/2012 to 06/16/2012 with

American College of Greece: Athens - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to become independent. i learned a lot about myself and also matured a lot. It was definitely worth my time and I would love to study abroad again in a different location

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Hosted events in the beginning but they stopped after the first month. Didn't see the RA very often.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

nice housing and nice location.

* Food:

did not provide food from the school however the food in the area was amazing. did have a starbucks and fastfood place on campus

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

we lived in a residential area so we were very exposed to the local culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

any european healthcare isn't very accessible. I never got sick so I never had to deal with it but I knew people that did have to and they weren't happy

* Safety:

i felt safer there than my own home university

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


* 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)

the exchange rate made it very hard to live on a students budget. I ended up borrowing a lot of money from my parents.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? atleast $200 depending on what was going on that week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? try and groccery shop and never eat out


* 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

i took a Greek class and used it as much as possible

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?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? use it as much as possible. The locals are interested in helping others learn the language

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • the location
  • the instructors
* What could be improved?
  • interaction with local students
  • more support for study abroad students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? what to pack!

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.