It is what you make it May 13, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/13/2019 to 04/29/2019 with

Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be more independent and experience a new and different city.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

roommate situation was great, housing facilities (especially the kitchen) could have been much better (but I think they are redoing the kitchen so hopefully that will be fixed)

* Food:

Program doesnt provide food but it is near a grocery store. As for food in Geneva, its really expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I feel like this program isn't very immersive in the city itself. Maybe it was because my internship left me fairly isolated but I barely met people outside my program and none from Geneva or Switzerland.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Its pretty easy. The hospital is easy to get to and the clinic is very close by. Navigating geoblue is also pretty simple.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I made some really great friends and I am glad I got out of the bubble of my home school.

Finances

* 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 literally the most expensive city so dont expect to be saving money here.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out that often, don't overshop at the grocery store, only buy one drink when out because they are really expensive.

Language

* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? AP Spanish (this program was French)
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Keep practicing after the class component ends.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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 people
  • internship component
  • professors and RAs were all amazing
* What could be improved?
  • change overnight guest policy
  • fix kitchens
  • lower laundry price
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that the internships aren't guaranteed to be in a field you're interested in.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!