Unforgettable Pre-Med Experience! April 28, 2021

By (University of California) - abroad from 05/13/2019 to 06/07/2019 with

Cerca Abroad: Greece - Medical/Dental/Physio Shadowing

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I got to see another part of the world and experience a new culture, food and get an amazing professional experience at the hospital.

Review Photos

Cerca Abroad: Greece - Medical/Dental/Physio Shadowing Photo

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.

I learned what it is like to be a physician every day and I got to rotate in all the hospital's departments and gain a solid perspective of my medical career path. The coordinating team were very organised and they made us feel at home. Athens is a very safe city with so many things to see and do.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The coordinators made us feel at home. We could reach them 24/7 for any issue

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very safe location right next to the public transport

* Food:

Greek food was amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Our coordinators helped us to learn a lot about the local culture and proposed many cultural & touristic activities that we all had an amazing time

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There were no health issues. The hospital was willing to address any health issues that might arise.

* Safety:

The city is very safe to roam around even late at night

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The hospital is one of the top in the country and the doctors are experts in their field. Hence the more you stay with them the more you learn. I now know which medical specialty I want to focus on.

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)

In a tavern the food was $7-$10 per person and supermarkets are rather cheap as compared to back home. Its easy to get by with $50-$100 per week including activities

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? Ask the coordinators to guide you to non-touristic areas for great food at affordable prices. There are open markets once a week with fresh fruits and vegetables

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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?
  • Medical Internship
  • Amazing beaches
  • Greek Food
* What could be improved?
  • They need to advertise this program more
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing! Our coordinators gave us a lot of information before we arrive and during our internship

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!