Need Help Deciding Whether BSM is Right for You? June 03, 2018

By (Whitman College) - abroad from 01/11/2018 to 05/25/2018 with

BSM: Budapest - Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worthwhile. I gained both mathematical confidence and experience living independently in a foreign city.

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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

BSM improved my mathematical skills, exposed me to life in a wonderful city, and introduced me to some great friends. To determine whether BSM is right for you, read this blog post: http://blogs.whitman.edu/nathaniellarson/2018/06/02/are-you-right-for-bsm/

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Math Classes
  • Apartment Living
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural Interaction
  • Organized Activity
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? My top advice before going: http://blogs.whitman.edu/nathaniellarson/2018/06/02/top-advice-for-future-bsm-ers/

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!