New York City...Scary at first, better at second. Past Review

By (Bethel University) - abroad from 01/27/2012 to 05/16/2013 with

Study Away and Internship Programs in New York City

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot. I now know how to navigate the city, ride the classes were great and I learned a lot from them. All in all it was a worthwhile experience. I want to go back and visit New York City, even though I wouldn't want to live there permanently. It is a great place with so much culture and art to see. It was super helpful to have the professors critiquing our work and meeting other artists. I loved that I had my own studio space and room to work. You will be doing a lot of work, but it's a growing experience, and it's good.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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:

We bought our own 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 didn't have any health issues while in the program so I don't feel this question applies to me.

* 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)

Towards the end of the program I ended up running out of money. It was a little hard because things are more expensive in NYC than Minnesota.

* 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? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to spend less money on the front end of the trip so you have more towards the end. It's hard because we had to buy all of our own art supplies for the projects and such. It would have been nice to have at least some basic supplies provided for us. Just make sure you're managing your money so you can afford supplies/food/travel expenses and such.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Seeing the City
  • Interning
  • Studio Space
* What could be improved?
  • Some of Administration
  • Showing us the city a little better in the beginning
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about the city and had been better prepared for the culture there.