awesome historical sites Past Review

By (HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS., Carroll College) - abroad from 06/19/2013 to 07/22/2013 with

American College of Thessaloniki (ACT): Thessaloniki - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
the history was worth it

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I liked my class that had special field trips. Make sure to take one of these so you may see the country!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

very nice and helpful, but often disorganized. I had trouble with my transcripts coming on time and as I asked for them

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

the rooms were very nice but we had to pay for our own taxis home from school every day, 15 min

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150


* 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? 0
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? take the class

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • history
  • biblical sites
  • mythology
* What could be improved?
  • timing
  • organization
  • clarity on what is paid for
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? since Greece is a cash economy, bring a lot of euros, or pay your ATM fees online as soon as you withdraw, because the cash advance interest starts the moment you withdraw. Don't bother with a no-international fee credit card because I used mine about twice (ATM's don't count as international transactions, just a cash advance, so I didn't get much of a discount). In Greece, you can't access Pandora or Netflix, so bring your own electronic entertainment.

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.'