Wonderful Experience August 21, 2019

By (Bryn Mawr College) - abroad from 08/27/2018 to 05/17/2019 with

CYA (College Year in Athens) - Semester/Academic Year Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad develops what our colleges have taught us in the classroom, by giving us the opportunity to build on our academic skills in the real world and grow personally along the way. It was the most exciting experience of my eduction so far and I would recommend studying abroad and CYA to anyone!

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.

Classes are taught by interesting, engaging, and easy to talk to professors who are very experienced. Most classes have field trips to see what you’re learning about in person. As an economics major with a focus on political science, I was able to attend several conferences across Greece through my classes. CYA also takes you on longer field trips throughout mainland Greece and the islands. Getting to climb old fortresses, explore caves, or discover beautiful beaches always made learning about the places exciting and fun. Overall, CYA is a great choice if you want something more exciting and active than the usual classroom environment, while still learning from incredible professors and getting to travel.

* 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? 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
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? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Field Trips
  • Location
  • Program size
* What could be improved?
  • More extracurricular opportunities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known to sign up for the optional trips that CYA offers. These trips give you a chance to visit new cities, islands, or countries with expert guides and professors. The optional trips took me to so many places I never would have found on my own, like secret beaches, beautiful churches and monasteries, and small museums.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.