Magical (and cool, cheap, mesmerizing) Budapest February 06, 2017

By (Psychology and Communications, Trinity University) - abroad from 08/28/2016 to 12/17/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to open myself to new interests, after this semester abroad my career path changed and I made wonderful friends and adored being exposed to the unknown.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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?

* Safety:

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

Budapest is a LOVELY city! Just magical for students, i is cheap, incredibly easy to walk around, and the options to explore coffee shops, little bars, museums, art galleries, concerts, walks everything is endless! Fell in love with it and its people (though at the beginning they may seem harsh, they are truly wonderful). The program was very well organized and the resident mentors are wonderful!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Approximately $250 with travel and everything
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look at skyscanner.com and click the option to go "anywhere" on a certain dates if you are looking to travel! Cook in your house if you can, and always ask locals where to eat for cheap and good! Also, make sure you always have cash in the currency of the country you go to (especially in Eastern Europe) as they do not accept cash everywhere you go, and finding an ATM or exchange place is hard. Have a universal adaptor that regulates voltage everywhere, and always keep a good cellphone on!

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

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? Nothing
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? Don't be afraid to try!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • City
  • Friends
  • Exploring
* What could be improved?
  • Healthcare experiences
  • Housing
  • Involvement with Erasmus and local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To always have in my cheap airline carry on baggage policies---very pricey! Aaaand to rent airbnb's if you can where you go! Perfect way to live as a local

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.