Experience May 14, 2018

By (Clemson University) - abroad from 01/19/2018 to 05/26/2018 with

Global Semesters: Nicosia - Summer in Cyprus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to travel. I learned how to save money. I learned how to appreciate things I normally take for granted.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The bookstore was unable to help me order the required textbooks for my classes. The classes were fine.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Gabriel was definitely the runt of the litter in terms of apartments. But I loved my roommates so it made up for it!

* Food:

I'm vegan so it's not the program's fault.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was more exposed to other international students rather than local ones.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't get sick.

* Safety:

As a female, I felt sexualized and targeted by the men here. There was a lot of cat-calling and aggressive behavior. However, that aside, I felt safe here in that I didn't see any crime or hear any bad happenings occur.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

It wasn't as inclusive as I hoped.

Finances

* 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? 50 euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make your own food. Don't spend all of your money on clothes.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

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
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Duo Lingo

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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  • International Students
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?
  • The global semesters students
  • The abundance of coffee
  • The beach
* What could be improved?
  • Cultural immersion
  • language component
  • Group trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that there wasn't very many local students in my classes. I spent more time among international students. I wish I had known that everything was written in Greek.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Neuroscience

Course Department: Biology
Instructor: Paul Johnson
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I loved this class. The teacher was knowledgeable and well-prepared. He kept class interesting.
Credit Transfer Issues: