Eye opening, life-changing, irreplaceable I would do it again in Past Review

By (Bethany Lutheran College) - abroad from 01/12/2017 to 05/06/2017 with

American College of Greece: Athens - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned some Greek! I learned more about people and grew an appreciation for other cultures as well as a willingness and desire to learn more

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.

4 out of the 5 classes I took were wonderful!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartments were very nice and located close to campus. I had five other roommates, and it amazing because my roommates were all from different places, even some from different countries, so I was able to meet more people and learn more about their own cultures

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No issues

* Safety:

The city felt very safe, was never worried or uncomfortable. Additionally, the school was very safe as well, with lots of security.

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

The culture, the ease of traveling, the friends I made with my international roommates, and my fellow American friends made the experience amazing.


* 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)

It's easy to do depending on your budget. If you want to do more things, it's more expensive, but you can still do a lot on a simple budget,

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100 or less a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do all the events, all the excursions, all the museums. you'll regret not seeing them more than doing it.


* 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? Direct Enrollment

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

  • 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?
  • A willingness to express ideas in class, even if you could be wrong
  • The professor's excitement to learn more about our American culture
  • The students were very excited to meet us and very friendly in class
* What could be improved?
  • better grading system
  • more homework to help build your grade - not just midterm and final
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it is a good idea to schedule yourself Tuesday and Thursday classes to have longer weekends for traveling

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: English
Instructor: Melenia Arouh
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a wonderful course! I learned a ton and felt very comfortable expressing my ideas and opinions to the class. The professor was incredibly relatable and very easy to talk to, I was never worried to approach her if I had any questions.
Credit Transfer Issues: I had no problems transferring this back to my home institution