One Night In Bangor Past Review

By (Brigham Young University) - abroad from 07/02/2013 to 08/17/2013 with

Brigham Young University: Wales - Wales Study Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about travel as an adult.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Welsh is so hard. Doing it in only a couple of weeks was the most challenging thing I've done in a long time.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We got our own rooms, which I feel like really helped us to like each other better.

* Food:

British food has not captured my loyalty by any measure, but it wasn't disgusting. It was basically like American food but in smaller portions.

* 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)

I felt like the poor quality of the food directly correlated with my inability to buy good food on my budget.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just fly to the place you want to go. Don't try to save money on the plane ticket by going somewhere you don't want to be and then relying on public transportation to get where you need to be. Don't buy presents for people if you can help it.


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 102
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Flash cards. Vocab is everything.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
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 pace
  • the people
  • the sights
* What could be improved?
  • the curriculum
  • the volume of the other students
  • the number of showers per person
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't rain like I expected it to. Rainboots were useless, even when it was quite wet, and took up excess space that could have better been used for other things.

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.