Best thing I could have ever done at this point in my life Past Review

By (Economics And International Relations, University of Rochester) - abroad from 08/18/2013 to 12/15/2013 with

EPA Internships in Europe: Brussels - Vesalius College

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I feel really fortunate to have gotten such an opportunity. It was an incredible experience that taught me so much about the world. It was really worth it and if I could I would do it all over again. I met some amazing people, made really good friends and truly learned about my passions and what I wanted to do later in life.

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? 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? 70


* 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?
  • My internship at the EP. My office was so welcoming and passionate about their line of work.
  • I really liked being able to travel so easily to other countries.
  • The program director was really inspiring and it was a pleasure to get to know her.
* What could be improved?
  • It took me a little time to be placed into my internship which cause me a little anxiety.
  • I was not aware that I would need to have some knowledge of French and would have preferred to learn some words and phrases before I came here.
  • The apartment internet was really terrible during most of the program but it was fixed towards the end.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how prestigious and incredible this opportunity was.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.