China Past Review

By (Chinese Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/26/2016 to 12/14/2015 with

CET Beijing

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
learning the language and culture

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.

Excellent teachers

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

RA is super supportive, knows China incredibly well

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

live in a hotel, only problem is lack of effective dryers

* Food:

Cheap, wonderful

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

heard it was fine from people with health issues

* Safety:

beijing is very safe, unless you count the air trying to kill you

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 <3 exchange rates

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? at most $20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? go to China (or any country with a favorable exchange rate)


* 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? Beginner
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? 30
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? talk to natives

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* 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?
  • working
  • China
  • friends
* What could be improved?
  • allow typing of work
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? china can be gross

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.