Amazing but certainly expensive. Past Review

By (International Relations And Global Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/03/2012 to 12/17/2012 with

Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The internship experience was amazing and I learned a lot from it, however, I did not learn much from the classes at all.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Some were friendly and some were not but they were helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Renovated building was very well located but not necessarily a great building. Comes with kitchens on every floor.

* Food:

Cooked food ourselves. Food was very expensive in general.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Swiss people are rather private, but there are many international people in Geneva.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No experience.

* Safety:

Very safe city at night.

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)

Geneva is in the top 5 most expensive city in the world. Around 200 dollars a week NOT including weekend adventures and travelling.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 2-300 dollars.


* 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

Dependent on how much you really wanted to speak French.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? French 164 Haiti, Now and Then
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Internship
  • Weekend Trips
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
  • Teachers
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That international weekend trips were not encouraged nor supported.