Culturally enriching but not academically challenging comp to the Wellesley exp Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/17/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

Geneva Graduate Institute and Wellesley College - BA/MA Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Living in Europe/abroad, meeting people from all over the world, travelling to nearby European destinations,

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)


* 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

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?

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • diverse student community
  • campus location
* What could be improved?
  • level of academic rigor (which was not as high compared to Wellesley)
  • support for Wellesley students in trying to navigate all the cantonal procedures, etc.
  • more French classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that there aren't as many courses taught in French as advertised. I also wish I had had a better understanding of the differences between the MIA (international affairs) and MDEV (development studies) programs so that I could have made a more informed decision.