Amazing! Past Review

By (International Relations And Global Studies, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 06/12/2013 to 08/12/2013 with

CET Shanghai

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Arriving in Shanghai will all of the skyscrapers and overwhelming amount of people, I felt pretty insignificant. Balancing Chinese class, a mini-elective history course, and my internship taught me to be more confident in myself. This experience allowed me to realize that I can survive in China in the future.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The language classes were extremely intense and overwhelming, but I have never had such exceptional teachers before. I wish I had more time to explore the city, relax, etc. but I really did learn a lot. I will definitely come back to China in the future

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great! It was even better than my dorms at Jester.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Amazing. The Dong Hua roommates were incredible. I had a really bad roommate but everybody else there made up for it!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got pneumonia during the trip and went to the hospital. I spoke with a doctor fluent in English and everything went smoothly. I took two weeks to recover because I was unable to rest from classes/work/homework/etc. but other than that, everything was great!

* Safety:

I remember one of the UT kids got drunk and lost for a good three hours and nothing happened to him. Another kid from Florida lost his wallet on a bus and it was actually returned to him, with all of the cash inside. I lost my phone at a club and a person found it, called my friends, drove over to our University, and returned it to me. I love China!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There's no need. Everything's really cheap in 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I have never taken a formal Chinese course
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? Don't speak English! Force yourself! Keep a language notebook (any notepad where you can jot down Chinese words that you've learned)

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
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?
  • The other Dong Hua roommates
  • The teachers
  • The FOOD
* What could be improved?
  • Please lower the cost of the program
  • Please lower the cost of the program
  • Please lower the cost of the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how to eliminate distractions.