Great experience but I wish I met more locals! July 20, 2018

By (University of Utah) - abroad from 06/06/2018 to 07/04/2018 with

Global Semesters: Nicosia - Summer in Cyprus

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. I learned about a lot of the differences in healthcare in Cyprus as well as all over Europe.

Personal Information

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.

The education experience was overall good! I really enjoyed my professors and I liked having the opportunity to visit PT clinics and hospitals for some exposure. The lectures were almost always interesting. The class was 2.5 hours long each time which sometimes was a long time of listening to just a powerpoint.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were helpful and kind. Responded to our questions and concerns quickly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very happy with the housing arrangements. Didn't give us a lot of cleaning supplies though. Only a mop and bucket.

* Food:

I didn't have a meal plan but the nights we went out as groups for dinners, the opening and closing meals, were really great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It would have been nice to meet students who are from Cyprus and go to the University of Nicosia. I did not meet any since we didn't have classes with them. It would have been nice if they could have set something up so we would have a chance to meet and exchange information.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Didn't have a any problems.

* Safety:

Felt very safe. They told us this was a safe country and I felt safe the whole time.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I would choose the same program because it was specific to physical therapy and health care. I do feel like I learned a lot and I had a great time.

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)

I did spend way more than if I were at school for a week. It helped to use the grocery store and cook with my roommates on the weekdays and not go out every night for dinner. But I also wasn't too worried about spending a lot since the trip was only a month long.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook a lot of your dinners during the week, don't always go out. Try and save your money for the weekend on excursions. Spend less during the week.

Language

* 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

A bit but I really didn't learn much Greek.

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? Intermediate Spanish
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? Download the duolingo app and keep practicing before you leave.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Group dinners
  • Freedom
* What could be improved?
  • Meet up with locals/students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.