Experience DC from a journalists perspective Past Review

By (Communication, Trinity University) - abroad from 08/21/2013 to 12/10/2012 with

American University: Washington D.C - Washington Semester Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had an amazing job and got to really live as a journalist. It was all worth it. I made amazing friends and found the city I want to live in as an adult.

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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.

The speakers the program provides are amazing and the opportunities are immense. However, I did not learn much that I didn't already know.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the dorms and not WISH housing but I still thought it was great. Community bathrooms were a bit of a drag and no dorms will be as nice as Trinity's but they were more than sufficient.

* Food:

Comparable to Aramark. Not great but fine.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

By the end I felt like a native of DC and loved how well I had fit in with the city. I definitely want to move back.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had a problem but the health services people were very easy to reach if I had had an issue

* Safety:

Campus is very safe. The rest of DC depends on what area you are in but as long as you avoid taking the metro at 3 am alone you will be just fine.

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)

DC is an expensive place and the metro adds up. But you can live more inexpensively than I did, you will just miss out on a lot of cool restaurants/bars/events.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Avoid cabs. They drain money. The bus is a pain but cheaper.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • My internship
  • My friends
  • The city itself
* What could be improved?
  • Better teachers
  • Better assignments
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That my teachers wouldn't be that great. I still had a great experience but I didn't really learn anything new.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.