Amazing time in Turkey! Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., Tufts University) - abroad from 02/03/2014 to 06/07/2014 with

Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really feel like I was able to see Turkey from a number different perspectives since I had the opportunity to travel to several regions and get a better understanding of its cultural diversity. The experience was definitely worthwhile and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to go somewhere that it still somewhat European, but that has a lot of Eastern elements as well.

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.

The university offers a wide array of classes, ranging from very challenging, to somewhat challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site administrators were very helpful and planned great activities and trips.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our living arrangements were clean and comfortable, very close to the university.

* Food:

There were a wide array of food options, ranging from a very affordable cafeteria to a number of restaurants in every price range.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no experience with healthcare but it was clear to me what resources would be available in case of any need for healthcare.

* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? ss

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Introductory Turkish
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? Probably the easiest way is to find a Turkish friend that is willing to help you practice once a day or a couple of times per week.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Staff
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Communications
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Basic Turkish

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!