New York City - One week in the BIG APPLE Past Review

By (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Augusta State University) for

Study Away and Internship Programs in New York City

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This is the second time I've taken this trip. It's actually inspired me to participate in other study abroad opportunities. Along with motivating me to expand my creativity and work harder to create in general.

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.

Exposure to internationally recognized artwork is probably one of my favorite parts about this trip. Not to mention experiencing NYC and all it has to offer.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There were two courses offered through the art department. I was enrolled in both. Our group size seemed to be more managable when we divided in half. I think 22 students were registered this year. Last year when I attended, I think there were only 17. As the number increases, it might be beneficial to divide the students into smaller groups for getting onto the subway and having lectures from the professors. NYC is a loud place, when we would stop to talk about the days events or have an outdoor lecture, sometimes it was hard to hear what was being said. All else aside, I think it was another successful year in the city.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Both times I've attended our accomodations have been relatively close to anything one might need. Grocer accross the street, night life within walking distance. This year was much more so than last, we were in the heart of the city. Louder during the night (traffic), but still worth being that much closer to everything we could need or want.

* Food:

It just depends. NYC has so much to offer. Great (but expensive) German food, Hiedelberg, Italian (stay away from Little Italy, TOURIST TRAP) go to Forlini's on the border of China Town. Those are my two favorite places. Other than that, I would reccomend if one has access to a smart phone to download NYCWAY. It's an app that can provide reviews and transportation options. Very helpful.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You can find culture all over the city. Whether it's the guys playing the bongo drums while you're waiting in line to get on the ferry or dancers in the subway. This city truly is a melting pot.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

New York can be safe if you know where not to go. And try not to go out alone.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Everything
* What could be improved?
  • Just the few comments listed above about group size. That's all.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Take several pairs of tennis shoes, save the dressing up for dinner's or night's out. Be comfortable and take warm clothing. The city is relatively flat, but you are still going to be doing a lot of walking. It's worth it though. The architecture and other little hidden beauties of the city are gems that make the experience that much more memorable. I'd also recommend going on-line prior to the trip and studying a map of the city. Learn about Manhattan. See if you can memorize the avenues and streets. It will help you when you're getting on and off the subway to know what direction you need to go (especially if you're going out without the professors). NEVER go out alone. Take a friend. Always exit a cab, if you take one, on the sidewalk side! NEVER get out on the traffic side. And don't be afraid to tell the driver you're ready to get out, even if you haven't reached your destination, DON'T let them try to take you through Times Square (they're just trying to run up the meter!) It sounds overwhelming, but just prepare yourself for a good time and you'll definitely have the time of your life.