Something new around every corner Past Review

By (International Relations, Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/27/2014 to 12/15/2014 with

CET Beijing

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned the language and a lot about Chinese culture. I also learned to roll with the punches because China is full of surprises and crazy experiences

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

CET only provided weekday lunches, which meant we were on our own for all other meals. Which did provide the opportunity to eat more authentic Chinese food at local restaurants, but could be a bit inconvenient

* 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)

Everything in China was exceptionally cheap.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Depending on the week I spent about $50 a week (including meals)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? make sure you save money before you go so you can have the opportunity to travel. There was a 10 day break, so take advantage of it to see more of China


* 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

There was a language pledge

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Chinese 202
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? The language was really great for learning chinese, I really encourage future students not to break the pledge and to interact as much as possible with the natives

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friends
  • Language Learning
  • Chinese Roomate
* What could be improved?
  • Better Organized cultural activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I could have traveled more on weekends