Life Changing Past Review

By (Civil Engineering., The Catholic University of America) - abroad from 01/02/2012 to 05/04/2012 with

Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Hong Kong - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Being independent. Somewhat. I gained independence though a stressful event.

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.

I have a learning disability that requires academic assistants, which was hard to handle with the teachers at the university. The classes did however focus on major topic and the teachers were passionate about the classes. Also main understandings of the topic were ignored while memorization was enforced

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was ever well organized with the buddy and host family program. I really enjoyed the bunch and study aboard gatherings that were held by the school and other students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The room was dirty when I moved in and our suite-mates never cleaned.

* Food:

Food on campus was pretty good and I love the cafe in the library/

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Having few classes with the other exchange students helped me make local friends and learn about hong kong.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The university health clinic was very helpful and cheap for students.

* Safety:

I trusted the other students and never felt in danger in the surrounding areas.

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)

Food and transportation were reasonable priced.

* 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? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? make food when you can.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Making friends all over the world
  • traveling
  • the food
* What could be improved?
  • applying
  • cost
  • university communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How the classes emphasized different things.