Studying abroad in Switzerland May 29, 2019

By (International Relations, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/13/2019 to 04/30/2019 with

Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I would say that the 3 most important things I learned from studying abroad were how to budget and allocate time and money efficiently, the best and most efficient ways to travel, and the material from my international law courses and internship.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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:

* 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

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? anywhere from $100 to $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy store brand items from grocery stores, get Swiss half-pass/"track 7" pass from SBB, don't go out to restaurants too often

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? 4th semester spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Internship
  • Day trips
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • More integration/bonding between programs and floors
  • More transparency regarding the internship selection process
  • A better system for receiving a grade for the internship component
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that even though knowing French was not a requirement, it should be encouraged, and it might be hard to get by not knowing it.

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!