Language and cultural immersion January 31, 2021

By (Georgetown University) - abroad from 08/31/2020 to 12/11/2020 with

American Councils (ACTR): Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This program was absolutely worthwhile, even though it was virtual due to the pandemic. I improved my Uzbek language skills and learned more about the local culture.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The academic program is excellent. Classes are usually quite individualized, and I was the only student in my class. I came in with zero knowledge of Uzbek and placed at an intermediate-mid level after just 4 months of studying the language with ERLP.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The American Councils staff is wonderful. They are incredibly helpful and responsive. The program was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they helped it run smoothly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Even though it was a virtual program, I felt connected to the local culture. My professor regularly incorporated culture into our lessons, and I also had weekly conversation lessons and virtual cultural activities which connected me to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan 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)


* 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? Intermediate

Other Program Information

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* Who did you live with?

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* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Language instruction
  • Professors and staff
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? n/a