great internship, I would not recommend the program to Villanova students Past Review

By (Villanova University) - abroad from 01/16/2012 to 05/01/2012 with

Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My internship was amazing and taught me a lot about my future career options.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really was not pleased with the administration of the BU program. They were unorganized and unwilling to assist with any questions that were unrelated to Switzerland. They did not encourage traveling (which is a huge part f the reason I went abroad) and were much more concerned with the welfare of Boston University students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

They provided a breakfast but it was terrible. Only consisted of bread and jam.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Because we lived in a building with the whole program, it was hard to integrate 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? No


* 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)

Geneva is the 3rd most expensive city in the world.

* 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


* 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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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The internship
  • Traveling
  • Meeting new people
* What could be improved?
  • The administrative aspect of the program
  • The lack of opportunities to travel
  • The classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive and serious this program was,