Extraordinary, once in a lifetime. Past Review

By (VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS., Bethel University) - abroad from 01/23/2012 to 05/10/2012 with

Study Away and Internship Programs in New York City

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much I cant put into words. I learned things about life and people. I learned about art and being a professional independent human being. I learned responsibility and safety. I learned about friendship, and about different races and backgrounds and passions. I learned about famous artists and how the professional art world works, operates, and depends on itself.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Bethel University
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was a lot of work!!!!!!! Sometimes I wish I had more time to explore the city. But I learned a significant amount!

* 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 very hard. Especially because we are not allowed to get jobs! I am paying my own way through school So I had to take out loans, and when I ran out of money, I ran out.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 100 dollars. On food and art supplies.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save before you go. Because once you are there your bank account goes down and nothing goes in.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Connections given and made-church and art
  • independence
  • field trips
* What could be improved?
  • organization
  • communication
  • more time!!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? nothing.