Life changing Past Review

By (Brookdale Community College) - abroad from 09/04/2017 to 12/11/2017 with

College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS): Salzburg - Salzburg College

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
While abroad I was able to challenge myself every day. I had fewer distractions and more time to focus on my studies. On my down time, I was able to explore the city and meet wonderful new people.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was wonderful! Very sweet and accommodating. However, the location was inconvenient and disappointing. I lived outside of the city which made for a longer commute, more money spent on transportation and missing out on some socializing events with classmates.

* 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? Yes

Salzburg is my favorite city and I am excited to return soon.


* 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? $100 or less
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? plan any additional travel ahead of time look for student discounts everywhere pack bagged food/lunch for long day excursions


* 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? 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?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? using the app duolingo! practice every single day talk to locals as much as possible ask for help

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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 location
  • the size of the classrooms
* What could be improved?
  • housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I now know that