Whirlwind Past Review

By (Marketing., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse) - abroad from 01/27/2013 to 05/25/2013 with

API (Academic Programs International): Budapest - Cornivus University of Budapest

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much that I don't know where to start. This program taught me to be independent, organized, open minded and to trust my instincts.

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:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got the flu during the second or third week of my program and I was taking care of right away. My Program Director, Reka, took me to the American hospital and I was covered by the API insurance.

* Safety:

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

Finances

* 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)

The Hungarian Forint was a bit confusing at first but once you figure out how to convert it you find out everything is very cheap.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100 or less

Language

* 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

No one outside of Hungary speaks Hungarian, so the program knows that there wasn't much incentive to learn the language.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
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? I listened to an audio tape before I left but the words look completely different than what they sound like, so I would suggest to try to learn the alphabet before you leave.

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

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • The people and location
* What could be improved?
  • Better tandem partners
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I was going to want to take a million pictures-- I wish I would have brought a nicer camera!

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.