To see a different world Past Review

By (Brigham Young University) - abroad from 05/01/2013 to 06/11/2013 with

Brigham Young University: Traveling - Global Leadership China Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely. My mind has been opened to the world, and I'd love to go back. To experience such a different culture was fascinating and really made me think a lot. I really matured a lot in just the six weeks I was there.

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.

LOVED IT. Changed my life, the way I look at the world, and where I want to go in life. The professors were great, China is awesome, and I loved the people I was with. Highly recommendable!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Nothing fancy, but did the job. A lot better than some of the hotels we stayed at... Position was great, right next to the classroom building.

* Food:

Nanjing is known for its good food. Now, if you are not willing to try something different, then it might be a different story. But if you try new things, you'll find some really good stuff.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

If I knew Chinese, it would have been better, but luckily we were able to meet some Chinese friends and could ask them questions if we wanted to.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We didn't really have any problems.

* Safety:

China is a very safe place, you just have to worry about little things, like pick-pockets. We never saw or heard of any, though.

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)

If you don't want to spend a lot, it's easy not to. I spent around $500 but bought a lot of stuff and did a lot of impulse buying.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Maybe $80, including souvenirs.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a few big souvenirs, not a ton of little ones. You'll appreciate it much more in 30 years and won't spend as much.


* 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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  • 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?
  • The culture, people, and scenery
  • The people I was with
  • The opportunities I had to grow and learn
* What could be improved?
  • Not much!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would regret some things that I didn't do. If you probably are going to regret not doing something (or doing something for that matter), just do it. How often are you in China?

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.