One of the best experiences of my life. Past Review

By (University of Pennsylvania) - abroad from 07/27/0014 to 08/25/0014 with

Atlantis Project | Pre-med Fellowship Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about Portugal, about the Azores, about European healthcare, about European culture, and so much more. I was able to learn a good amount of Portuguese, and I witnessed some amazing surgeries. I also met some very inspiring physicians, and I made friends with a few locals and with other visitors to the Azores. It was completely worthwhile.

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.

Academically, the program was not intense. But culturally, it was very enlightening.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Including souvenirs, maybe about 50 euro.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook on days when you are not given meals!


* 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

It is encouraged, but your linguistic experience is determined by your own enthusiasm.

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? 200 Level
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? TALK WITH THE LOCALS AND GO TO PORTUGUESE CLASS!!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The exposure to a new culture
  • The friendliness of the Portuguese people
  • The amazing things I got to see at the hospital
* What could be improved?
  • Perhaps some of the dining could be better
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That AP Fellows need to worry about cooking a few times a week or buying their own food.