Exciting! Past Review

By (Communication, University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/27/2013 to 12/09/2013 with

American University: Washington D.C - Washington Semester Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The WSP really made me grow up and learn how to live and work in a city that I had never been to before. It was definitely worthwhile.

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American University: Washington D.C - Washington Semester Program Photo

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I highly recommend trying different restaurants frequently.

* 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? No


* 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)

Like most cities, DC is pretty expensive to live in.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Over budget for everything so you're never left without money (and it will feel good to use less money than you planned to).


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Meeting international students
  • Learning new cultures
  • Internship portion
* What could be improved?
  • Seminar professor
  • Cost
  • Integration into AU community
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that WISH Housing was the best housing to live in if you wanted to meet other WSP students.