A culturally educational and very enjoyable experience. June 24, 2016

By (Simon Fraser University) - abroad from 01/28/2016 to 05/26/2016 with

American University of Sharjah: Sharjah - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A stronger perspective on Middle Eastern issues and the cultural variances within the region, that will be helpful in future academic and job endeavours. I also was able to have a greater understanding of the countless different world lenses that are used in both academia and professional work settings, by interacting with international students coming to AUS from across the Middle East and beyond.

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:

* 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

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)

Language

* 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The interactive activities of IXO
  • The multicultural environment and opportunities to interact with local students
  • A strong and supportive team at the exchange office that were always present when students were in need of advising or any kind of help.
* What could be improved?
  • A greater amount of interaction with local students and residents
  • Further academic advising, including course selection help
  • Assistance with budgeting
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Having an open mind and attitude towards different cultures and environments allows one to thoroughly gain from and enjoy a study abroad experience.

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!