Eye-opening Past Review

By (Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Virginia) - abroad from 06/12/2013 to 08/08/2013 with

AMIDEAST: Amman - Intensive Arabic, Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was completely worthwhile. The first month was very difficult for me. I struggled with learning the spoken dialect and didn't know how to interact with my host family. But, after a month, I loved everything about Amman. I really miss the city and the connections I made there. My professors, friends, and language partner made the trip incredible. I would love nothing more than to go back, despite its challenges.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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


* 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)

It was difficult to keep a budget because I was only there for two months and wanted to experience everything - traveling, food, ect. However, I don't regret how much money I spent.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250 because of traveling
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Split taxis and try not to buy so much food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? ARAB 202
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Language partners are key. Also forcing yourself to speak with your host family extensively - I didn't do this enough.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Host families
  • Professors
  • Dead Sea excursion
* What could be improved?
  • Madaba excursion
  • Smaller classes
  • Food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much I would miss it when I came back to the U.S. When it got hard in Amman, I immediately wanted to go home and I wish I had pushed those emotions aside.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.