Happy to be back at Wellesley April 16, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/10/2018 to 12/24/2018 with

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich(ETH): Zürich - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have witnessed quite a bit of personal growth and find that I am thriving back at Wellesley due to my motivation to not relive last semester. I think the most important qualities that I cultivated were confidence during confrontation and self-advocacy.

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.

* 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? No

I left after one semester despite applying for the entire year.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • I made a great friend with whom I am still in contact
  • Zurich is a beautiful city
* What could be improved?
  • Administration at ETH was highly unaccommodating
  • I would not recommend this educational system to students who thrive in smaller classes with professors engaged in the students' growth
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I had more thoroughly investigated the program before I applied. Given ETH's ranking within the chemistry community, I figured that the quality of education would be quite high, however, it was just not a good fit for me.