Better than I ever imagined! Past Review

By (English and anthropology, Central College) - abroad from 01/17/2013 to 06/07/2013 with

Central College Abroad: Bangor - Bangor University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a world perspective by traveling to nine different countries. There's so much more out there that I didn't know about.

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.

I barely did anything for my classes because they didn't require me to. Of course I could've studied more myself. Self-motivation is what their system is all about, but the problem with that is that students need to be pushed or required to do something or they won't do it.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Nice dorms but we were all thrown in with freshman who are beyond immature. They are disgusting when it comes to the communal kitchen. They are inconsiderate of others when it comes to noise and I had multiple things stolen from my fridge.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Didn't experience a lot of "Welsh" things other than on the field trips and even then we were just seeing the touristy things.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had to go to the doctor for an ear problem I was having. I wasn't impressed by any means. It was easy enough to get an appointment (after I had told them I woke up bleeding from the ear). I saw a nurse and she took one look at my ear, told me I had obliterated my eardrum, and then she shoved me out the door in a matter of three minutes. I finally got to see an actual doctor a week later and I had to wait an hour in the waiting room for five minutes with him. He prescribed me some medicine I should've got the week beforehand. Overall, it was handled poorly. And I don't care that it was for free. They could at least do their jobs.

* Safety:

Small town feeling. Just stay away from the locals.

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)

Groceries were expensive

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? Plan on not eating a lot if you want to save money


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Meeting new people and becoming friends with them
  • The location and the opportunities to interact with the landscape
  • Ability to travel
* What could be improved?
  • More preparation about the school system
  • More preparation about traveling
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know everything about traveling when it comes to planes and public transport within cities and I had to learn about it the hard way. Also the Eurail pass is a waste of 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.