A Great Semester in Vienna Past Review

By (International Studies, Boston College) - abroad from 08/20/2014 to 12/20/2014 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Going abroad enabled me to become a more independent person and enabled me to experience and immerse myself in a new culture. I am so happy that I studied abroad in Vienna because it was an amazing city and had many different cultural offerings.

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.

* 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? 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)


* 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

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

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Great support from staff
  • Really helped me adjust to Vienna
  • Ability to travel easily on weekends
* What could be improved?
  • More knowledge of class schedule prior to arrival in Vienna
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There are classes 5 days a week and although in the end this did not bother me, upon arrival in Vienna I did not expect to have classes all five days