overall just average January 27, 2016

By (Arabic, American University of Sharjah) - abroad from 06/21/2015 to 07/30/2015 with

American University of Sharjah: Sharjah - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
lack of coordination and support overall outside of the classroom.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

no on campus food options

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

limited program activities after class or on weekends- only a brief intro for orientation before classes began.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

not used, except for obtaining blood work.

* Safety:

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

Finances

* 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? several hundred dollars for food, transportation, and any activities as nothing was covered in the program costs.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? be prepered to spend a lot on food and transportation.

Language

* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? n/a
How many hours per day did you use 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

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • May Zaki was an excellent teacher and really pushed the students
* What could be improved?
  • not a fan of the other professor for the afternoon "lab" portion of the class. He jsut talked about his own personal experiences and didn't engage in helping students much with conversation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? we were very much on our own and the international students office didn't coordinate much of a study abroad experience past the classroom.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.