A must-have international experience! Past Review

By (Management Information Systems, Brigham Young University) - abroad from 06/23/2012 to 07/23/2012 with

Brigham Young University: Traveling - Europe Business Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The invaluable eye-opening experience to other cultures, languages, foods, and people will forever stick with me. Because of this international experience. I am now open to, and planning, for an international experience.

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.

Not too difficult, but very rewarding in intenational business and strategy. The cultural experience by visiting so many countries is priceless.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Because it was a traveling study abroad, there was no Host Country Administration; however, the professor and other people in charge did a great job at accommodating everyone and making the experience positive for all.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Though hotels weren't five star, and I wouldn't expect them to be, they were still fairly nice and good for what we used them for, sleep.

* 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


* 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)

Europe is not cheap. End of story.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you don't like museums, art, and statues or care to go to them, don't go. They are expensive, waste of time, and too touristy. Most people have no idea what they're looking at and won't remember five minutes after leaving the museums anything of what you just saw. Also, cheap food can be found. Use a smartphone with the Trip Advisor app (it's offline and uses no Internet). Amazing! Souvenirs. Don't buy many, if any at all. They're expensive, bulky, and a waste of money because they'll end up in a box. Souvenirs seem cool in the moment but when you get home they appear nothing more then a mistake. Bottome line: you can live without anything you might consider buying.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cultural experiences
  • Different languages
* What could be improved?
  • More daily organization
  • More touristy recommendations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew the people in the program better before we left for Europe.