Life-changing! Past Review

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 09/05/2016 to 06/16/2017 with

Fudan University: Shanghai - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the best experience of my life! I gained a better understanding of the Chinese culture and have gained several close friends. I also gained more confidence in myself and my abilities.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Some of the foreign teachers are inadequate

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Lucy is amazing!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The dorms were very comfortable. Any issues you have are handled very easily by the staff.

* Food:

The on-campus food is good but often crowded. The food nearby is great and has a wide variety.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You have to work a bit to interact with the asian students. They are a bit shy. The

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Getting medicine is super easy.

* Safety:

Of course, be aware of your surroundings but its extremely safe for such a large city. There is always people around even at 3 am.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Going to this University has opened so many doors for me. I have met some of my best friends here and am so excited to return to Shanghai after graduation.


* 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)

The food is super cheap and taking the subway is also affordable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat chinese food, its cheaper than western food.


* 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

You have the option to take a language class but you don't use it outside of class because all of your other classes are in English

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? Use it as much as possible. Don't be afraid of making mistakes, your Chinese friends are just excited that you are trying.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* 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?
  • International Aspect
  • Language classes
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • Teachers
  • Classes offered
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Plan your side trips far in advanced or you'll miss the chance. Time moves quickly.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.