Absolutely Inspiring! Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 01/06/2016 to 05/05/2016 with

American University: Washington D.C - Washington Semester Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
See above comment. It was very inspiring, and changed my views on the world.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This program was not ridiculously hard, but it was very time-consuming, and required our all. It was also extremely rewarding and quite inspiring. This had to do with the coursework, specifically.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were ALWAYS there when I needed them, and they still are.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in an apartment with another member of the program.

* Food:

It was expensive, but fine.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish that we did more with the students who actually went to American University. I felt like I only got to know my class.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any issues.

* Safety:

I didn't notice anything bad. Everywhere we went as a class, I felt comfortable.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This experience was one I will never forget. It was so eye-opening, and completely changed my views on the world. I am forever thankful for the wonderful professor I had, and this program overall. I plan on keeping in touch with my professor far into the future.


* 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)

This program was VERY expensive. Public transportation was the root cause of this. I wish that AU was more clear about how expensive that would be.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I don't know, but most of it went to transportation.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? PREPARE FOR THE METRO, FINANCIALLY! It adds up.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Places we went.
  • The diversity of the people we met.
* What could be improved?
  • cost of travel
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Cost of travel

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.