Amazing. Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 06/14/2017 to 08/13/2017 with

CET Beijing

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My language skills improved and I really do have a broader perspective now.

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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.

The elective courses were weaker, but the Chinese language component was strong and rigorous.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very organized, but some people had difficulty with their internship placements.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorms were fantastic. The staff cleans your room and even changes the sheets. However, the shower is only separated from the bathroom by a curtain so the room can get wet.

* Food:

Chinese food is amazing, but it can be difficult to find other types of food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You'll always be a foreigner, but it was an amazing culture to learn about and adapt to.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Only had to miss class due to a stomach bug, but they were accommodating.

* Safety:

Beijing is very safe, but it's always smart to travel with a buddy.

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

The people were great, I loved my internship, the classes were interesting (mostly), I learned about Beijing, I had time to travel, and so much more.


* 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)

The cost of living in China is very cheap, but traveling, food, and other expenses can add up.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to use the campus cafeteria!! It was incredibly cheap compared to other options.


* 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

Spoke with roommates, in the city, and in language class

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
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 40B Advanced Intermediate Chinese
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? Speak in Chinese with your roommate and classmates! Try to talk to natives as well

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Internship
  • Living in Beijing
  • Smaller group of classmates
* What could be improved?
  • Internship placements
  • Elective courses
  • Pressure
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would love it so so much

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.