A Fresh Perspective Past Review

By (Western Washington University) - abroad from 09/03/2012 to 12/01/2012 with

GEO: Athens - Study Abroad Programs Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It is truly amazing how much you learn from living overseas. Greece feels as much like home as Washington to me now. Although I saw three different countries in my three months overseas, the experience showed me that people are people no matter how far from home you are. The journey gave me new vigor for life and I am a very different person than I was when I left. I can't recommend living and studying abroad highly enough. Do it.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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? No


* 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? About $200 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you can, cooking at home can save you money. Also, don't be too hasty to buy when you're souvenir-shopping; you can always come back later after you've looked around to find a decent price.


* 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

Yanna Nella was extremely proud of Greece and did encourage us to use "good Greek."

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
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? (Ancient) Greek 350
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? The program I was a part of allowed the students to live in an English-speaking bubble and you could have avoided speaking any Greek for the entire three months. I recommend you get out into your respective cities and make local friends so that you can improve your language skills and better appreciate the culture.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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?
  • I loved the Athens Centre
  • The curriculum wasn't too crazy; living abroad is as educational as studying abroad
  • Greece has fabulous food and people
* What could be improved?
  • More exposure to local culture/language
  • Personally, I felt the guys got shafted because we got the smallest fridge
  • I wanted more excursions into the countryside and a bigger stress on modern Greece instead of Ancient
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If I had realized I'd pretty much be in an English-speaking bubble (and I personally didn't jive with certain educators' teaching style) I would have picked a different program. But really, the experience is entirely what you make it.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'