A great introduction to the major countries in Western Europe, so worth it! Past Review

By (Art History, Criticism and Conservation., Brigham Young University) - abroad from 05/01/2013 to 06/06/2013 with

Brigham Young University: Traveling - Art History Europe Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be American in Europe and love it. I gained world traveling experience you can only have from spending time Abroad.

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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.

Crazy busy, but it was work it! Although you are super busy and running from museum to museum, you have plenty of free time, so don't worry about that.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

For the most part I was fine with our hotels, but the Florence hotel was a little too out of date, but had amazing owners. Overall, a good experience.

* Food:

I love food! The Greek food was the best, then the Gelato in Italy, and croissants in Paris. So delicious!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were only a couple times that I felt integrated with the local culture, but I always felt like a tourist. On the other hand, almost everyone was a tourist. I felt more at home in Europe than I thought I would.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Each of our 6 countries had different levels if security. Just be smart. Don't pull out your iPhone too much, that tells people you are well-off.

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)

Things are expensive abroad, if you stick to the grocery stores for several meals and snacks you'll save big time. Eating in restaurants was expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
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?
  • Food
  • Number of countries visited
  • Faculty
* What could be improved?
  • Go to Spain next time
  • Spend more time in Austria/Germany
  • Spend time learning the basic words in each language
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Grocery shopping saves money

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.