Amazing Immersive Beautiful Past Review

By (Davidson College) - abroad from 01/25/2020 to 12/17/2020 with

American University of Beirut: Beirut - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live in a country that was in the midst of an uprising. I made lifelong friends and ate amazing food. I also learned Lebanese Arabic and fell in love with the city.

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 learned more in Beirut through hands-on experience than I ever would in a regular class room.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

AUB handled everything very well and made me feel very safe.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Off-campus housing was very manageable.

* Food:

Beirut has the best food on the planet

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had to find my place and make sure I wasn't inserting myself into inappropriate situations, but I loved the culture and the people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

HIP was extremely helpful, but it was hard to find out how to activate my insurance.

* Safety:

During my abroad experience, protests broke out in Lebanon, but I felt very safe the whole time.

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)

Very financially possible

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200-300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to find an apartment with an oven and cook your meals. Also, don't buy lattes everywhere. Get local food.


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate
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? Talk to taxi drivers and restaurant owners!

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Food
  • People
  • Students
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
  • HIP
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I could do a whole year

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!