Brussels: Unparalled to Anything I've Ever Done. Ever. Past Review

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CIEE: Brussels - Business, Communications and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile. The best experience of my life. No question.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Vesalius College
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.

Workload was less, grading system was easier, teachers were not as good as at PC, students were much more relaxed about school.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Strengths was their passion about Belgium. I learned a lot about the culture in really fun ways. Bar crawls, dinners, field trips and classes. Weaknesses was the sometimes lack of resources by the administrators.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food was delicious in Brussels. So was the beer.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Every trip with my program was absolutely phenomenal. I loved it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Brussels is very safe.

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

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

Small talk on the streets. Asking for directions, reading road signs, shopping.

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My program
* What could be improved?
  • The housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go in with a blank slate. You only live once.