Great European immersion experience! Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., University of Rochester) - abroad from 01/16/2012 to 05/19/2012 with

EPA Internships in Europe: Brussels - Vesalius College

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned what it is like to both live and work in a foreign country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Participating in the EPA Internships in Europe program in Brussels, Belgium, proved to be an extremely worthwhile experience. Living and studying in Brussels provided me with the opportunity of working at European Parliament, which granted me first-hand insight of political and social issues facing the European Union. Brussels has all the allure of a large city but in a smaller, more manageable package. The housing accommodations were superb and were located in a fantastic neighborhood. Furthermore, the central location of Belgium within Europe makes intercontinental travel both efficient and affordable. For those seeking a unique study abroad experience that allows full-fledged immersion in European day-to-day life, EPA is the program for you.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

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* 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

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? Buy in bulk if possible and don't eat out too much. Also, it can be worth it to travel to big-box stores (such as Ikea) to save money.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Housing accomodations
  • City
  • Travel opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • Better internship placement
  • Better education opportunities (the classes were EXTREMELY boring)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Living in Europe - particularly a European city - is very different than living in the U.S., despite the fact that we are both a part of "Western" civilization.

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.'