I would go to Cyprus through Global Learning Semesters again in a heartbeat! Past Review

By (Psychology and International Studies, SUNY - College at Brockport) - abroad from 06/02/2011 to 07/28/2011 with

Global Semesters: Nicosia - Summer in Cyprus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independence! Learning a new culture, exploring on my own. It was so worthwhile.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Nicosia
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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:

Love the food, love the Frappes (drink) & Gyros.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Overall safety was great. Typical advice for any country-lock your doors.

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)

Bus fares were so cheap! And we were able to walk to University (literally a block away). Typical groceries and extra shopping budget.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries for you apartment, but be sure to treat yourself to dinner out once in a while!


* 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

I took a class in Greek, but I was not forced to use the language. I had no previous experience with the Greek language.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
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? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Weekend Getaways through Global Learning Semesters
  • Independence do go on my own travels
  • Meeting the people I traveled with!
* What could be improved?
  • Larger class sizes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do as much as you can! I was very budget-conscious but I wish I had just went for certain things anyway.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.