A Series of Unfortunate Events Past Review

By (Business Administration and Communication, Trinity University) - abroad from 08/18/2012 to 12/15/2012 with

CIEE: Brussels - Business, Communications and Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be independent and self-sufficient in my living abilities. Living in Brussels forced me to learn to shop/cook for myself, manage my expenses, and get myself from point A to point B using local transportation. There are parts of my experience I loved, the traveling and the few good friends that I made, but overall I believe that I learned to tough it out when things get rough.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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? No


* 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)


* 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? Intermediate
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? IB Standard Level 1
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Directors
  • Traveling
  • Living alone
* What could be improved?
  • School
  • Housing closer to university campus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew more about the school. The way that the housing is worked out makes it usually a 30-40 minute commute by transportation if you're lucky. Also, there is a major problem with females being harassed in Belgium. Don't go out at night without a buddy!