An Incredible Experience February 08, 2018

By (University of Southern California) - abroad from 06/26/2017 to 07/29/2017 with

Forum-Nexus: Multi-Country Summer Program in Europe: London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Greek Islands and more!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to interact the cities as a local. It was a trip of a lifetime.

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.

The classes were great because you would be learning about international marketing while you were traveling in different countries.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our administration were fantastic. You were get to know everyone in the staff from the director to the professors.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The hotels were great and they were very central to the cities.

* Food:

I loved the food that was in every country. Be prepared to eat a lot and explore new cuisine.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The culture was amazing. Being able to speak different languages and interact with the locals is incredible.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had an health issue but if I did I knew the program would take care of me fast.

* Safety:

I always felt safe on this program and in the cities. Traveling around Europe teaches you to always be aware. I felt were comfortable at all times walking around the cities at day and night.

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)

Sometimes it can be challenging but just budget your meals right.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to eat lighter lunches like sandwiches so that dinner you can splurge more.

Language

* 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

Very much so! I used all the language knowledge I had to interact with the locals.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? German 3 and Spanish 4
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Staff
  • Classes
  • Cities
* What could be improved?
  • Travel time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring more walking shoes!