Crash course in DC culture Past Review

By (Political Science and Government, General, Trinity University) - abroad from 08/25/2014 to 12/05/2014 with

American University: Washington D.C - Washington Semester Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about professionalism and networking

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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 got to opt out of the mean plan, which saved me money. I mostly cooked in my kitchen. It was little stressful not having a meal plan though

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Easy healthcare access $20 doctor fee, but had no problem setting up the appointment

* Safety:

Metro easy to navigate, Fine to walk as a pedestrian. Little to no street harassment. I was fine traveling alone or in groups

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)

Spent $250 a month on food and travel plus shopping expenditures. DC is an expensive city, but easy to manage with budgeting.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30-40 range for food $15-25 a week for travel
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Put only what you need for that month in your checking account, and monitor it throughout the week. Always know how much you're spending


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Meeting a lot of people
  • Seeing how our government system really functions
  • Living in a city culture with a lot happening
* What could be improved?
  • The course work could be a little more rigorous
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Stand on the right, walk on the left! The first car on the metro is always the emptiest, and learn to run in heels

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!