Greece: beauty in the chaos Past Review

By (Anthropology., Western Washington University) for

GEO: Athens - Study Abroad Programs Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I would do it again in a heart beat! I am so happy I took the adventure for myself, it really pushed me in many unexpected ways.

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.

While school should be challenging, the work load felt like it was too much, the group spent many weekends writing essays rather than getting out to experience Greece. That said, the instructors were great, very qualified and passionate.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My apartment was great! It was owned by a local family who also owned the bakery on the corner below us. They were incredibly kind to us. It was about a 20min walk from the school which wasn't a problem except when we had class in the morning and a long break until the evening because it limited our ability to explore or do anything during the day time. I felt safe but at night we walked in pairs.

* Food:

Up to the individual, meals were not provided.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The excursions were awesome! My favorite memories are from some of the trips we went on.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The ladies in the Athens center office were amazing! They took care of every health need we had. One girl had a serious injury and they took her to the doctors office every few days for a check up. They were also helpful in telling us which medicines to get which were similar to the ones we have at home.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You have complete control of your experience in that only you can choose your attitude. Laugh at the frustrating nuances of daily life you encounter studying abroad whether it is the people you in your program, your advisors, the country, whatever!