Living in Geneva with American students February 02, 2020

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/23/2019 to 12/07/2019 with

Boston University: Geneva - Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Academic exposure and internship experience

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.

Very academic challenging. I haven't taken any law classes at Brandeis so it was quite difficult for me to catch up with other students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very friendly and supportive staff!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Had a big double room by myself!

* Food:

You have to cook for yourself and eating out is very expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Limited opportunities to engage with local students. Spent most of the time with American students in the program. However, field trips to learn about Swiss culture was a lot of fun.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Geneva is very safe.

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

Housing and administration was good


* 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)

If you mainly cook by yourself, it is not very expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 120CHF
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Certain supermarkets are more expensive.


* 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

No chances to use French except for French language class.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? FREN 20A
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Push yourself out of your comfort zone and make friends with local students and people

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?

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
  • Housing
  • Field trips
* What could be improved?
  • Engaging with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I did not know that I will spend all the time with students in my program.

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!