Amazing! I wanna travel the world more and go back to Europe! January 23, 2018

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/14/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

CIEE - Multi-city Open Campus Option

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definelty I learned to be more independent, I learned more about world poltics and a career in Diplomacy and I learned more about the politics of Europe.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Courses were either easy or tough to learn but they all were great to learn. The hard part was probaly oral presentations.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful, willing to compromise for high holidays.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living was nice since each place was unique. The only annoying part was in Berlin when they charged for laundry.

* Food:

Food was amazing! I think the program did a great job showing us local cuisine .

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like I became intergraeated very well but it was not that easy being with other Americans mostly. However I think I did intergrate with teh cultura dn learn a bit about each culture and language.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healtchare was highly accesible but expensive but I can get reiumbursed through ciee's inext insurance however the paperwork is a pain.

* Safety:

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

I would definetly chose the same program because of how supportive and great everyone was. But I would do a year and spend an additional block in London, then maybe spend more time in Rome and more time traveling throughout Europe.

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)

It was easy when I foudn good deals at supermarkets but I ran out of money fast after traveling and spending for food much of the time.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably 50 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you budget

Language

* 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

Very often but more so in Paris and Berlin then Rome.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
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? Practice with friends and asking people for directions also for business transactions.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Meeting locals
  • Traveling and learning
  • Gaining an appreciation for art and architetcture
* What could be improved?
  • Scheduling extracurricular activites
  • Meeting more local university students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to budget with travel and how to learn the language better.