Unforgettable Adventure December 31, 2022

By (History, Trinity University) - abroad from 08/27/2022 to 12/17/2022 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Being abroad taught me fully that there are so many other ways to live life other than the traditional American mode we are socialized into from birth. It is one thing to read about other cultures online or in a book; it is a completely different thing to live those cultures for yourself. So, I would say it was absolutely worthwhile.

Personal Information

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.

* 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

Study Abroad can be a stressful journey. You are away from your life at home, and all the friends and family you love. That being said, it affords you the opportunity to make your own myths, and experience things you may have never done otherwise.


* 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? likely around 100 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Gyros or souvlaki!


* 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? Beginner
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? 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? Duolingo is ok... but learning Greek is much easier in Athens, in a formal course setting.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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?
  • Swimming in the Aegean Sea
  • Learning Greek
  • Meeting kind and interesting people
* What could be improved?
  • More classes on modern Greek history
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How homesick you can get haha

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'