Eye opening experience for someone who hasn't been in Europe Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/15/2019 to 12/22/2019 with

Geneva Graduate Institute and Wellesley College - BA/MA Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was overall an eye opening experience for someone who has never studied in this continent, and it helped me to understand the world better as a whole. Did I like it? No. But am I glad I got this experience? Yes.

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.

Professors with high titles in IOs so a good networking opportunity, but they are rarely on campus and most of the office hours are done with TAs. The professors dedicate little time in general for their students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food is generally pricey. The cafeteria only provides lunch during weekdays so the rest of the meals the students have to prepare for themselves.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The students in the institute are generally friendly, but Geneva residents tend to be some what racist, especially towards people with Asian heritage.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

My stay was generally safe, but I did hear about an incident in which students were robbed in public areas.

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)

Everything is more expensive in Geneva--an internationally known fact.


* 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The beautiful nature
  • Opportunity to sharpen my cooking skills
  • Easiness to travel through Europe
* What could be improved?
  • Local infrastructure (very run down)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Locals will not be willing to talk in any other languages other than French