Overpacked: Cramming Too Much Into One Month With Classes Past Review

By (Michigan Technological University) - abroad from 06/07/2017 to 07/05/2017 with

University of Nicosia - Global Semesters: Nicosia - Summer in Cyprus: Pre-Med

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How wonderful the world is. And that I want to see it all.

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

I definitely paid for a large portion of an experience I wasn't hoping to have to pay for. I could have saved $2000 or even $1500 if I had the option to opt out of the weekend trips, which would've prevented me from having to take out a loan. It's really silly because I could've gotten the same experience (and from what I've seen, better) from this program in a med school setting that treated it much more seriously with another program. I'd rather spend the money spent on the weekend trips I didn't go to for other inclusive experiences that would actually be useful and applicable for my med school experience.


* 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? 100-150 euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My professors
  • Making the few good friends I did
  • Learning the medical skills
* What could be improved?
  • More accurate program description on the website
  • More opportunities for premed students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I really wish that my program were more descriptive. I took a very basic anatomy course that I feel shouldn't be necessary to go over as it should be basic knowledge at that point; with the exception of learning clinical skills, which were taught very well by Dr. Paul and Chad. I feel that Management of Care was appropriate. Savoula really made the points she was trying to get across to us impactful as future healthcare professionals.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!