A Very American Program Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2019 to 04/29/2019 with

Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned many things about international organizations, and they are worthwhile.

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

There is no food provided.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Most students only hang out with American students who speak American English.

* 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

I acquired much new knowledge and learned a lot from the internship.


* 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 crazily expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 1000 USD per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always make food yourself.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the Internship
  • the City
  • the CFF
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural Integration
  • Placement Process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I should try harder to step out from the American social circle and to know more local friends and speak more French.

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!