One of my best memories! Past Review

By (HISTORY., Johns Hopkins University) - abroad from 02/06/2014 to 06/11/2013 with

Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about Turkish culture and made many wonderful new friends. It was absolutely worthwhile and one of the most fun experiences of my life. I wish I had done a year abroad.

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.

Some classes were more challenging than others. It's just a different system you have to get used to. Courses that don't appear to be rigorous might not turn out to be easy. In general, far less work than at my home university.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

They were kind of depressing, but we made due and didn't spend too much time there anyway. There was too much fun to be had elsewhere.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made Turkish friends, and made an effort to go out and about.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Just be smart.

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


* 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)

Quite easily. Food and transportation were relatively cheap.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep track of how much money you withdraw per week.


* 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

I loved Turkish class! It was my favorite class.

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? Make yourself use what you known in public rather than falling back on English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The program coordinator Alican was excellent and friend to all.
  • The Excursions were great.
* What could be improved?
  • The core course.
  • More Turkish.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I was less nervous!

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!