Making Turkey one of the home countries. Past Review

By (Electrical And Computer Engineering, Duke University) - abroad from 02/02/2014 to 06/09/2014 with

Duke University: Istanbul – Duke in Istanbul

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learnt about a completely new country, culture and multiple types of people. Yes is was worth while.

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 professors here are very good quality.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The organizers of this program work well together and provide extremely solid support to the students. They explain things clearly, know what to emphasis and organize awesome experiences for us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is plenty of opportunity to get involved with the culture. Seeking advice on where to go and what to see was very easy to get from the organizers. (And that was for the things which they didn't have organized for us anyway.)

* 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


* 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? roughly 100 TKL ~ 50 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get the student version of the metro/bus/everything card.


* 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? Just speak to people. Make Turkish friends and go out with them frequently.

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?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food
  • Travel
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Receiving student card earlier.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? .