Wenn in Wien Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 05/15/2018 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I honed my language skills and that alone was worth it to me. I was also able to gain international business experience through my great internship. Besides educational purposes, I traveled a bit and learned a lot about other cultures.

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.

The options of classes were pretty slim for upper level courses that have transferrable credit. Most classes required moderate effort, but there were extremes that were too difficult for the subject matter or didn't offer any challenges or experience.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very responsive an eager to help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved how everyone was spread out through the city, but I wish classes had more trips into the city rather than solely in the immediate area by the building.

* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 301
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Most natives speak fluent english, but it's fun to challenge yourself and ask them to converse in German. Always try, never walk into a building and automatically start speaking English.

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
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?
  • Language Program
  • City
  • School's Location in the city
* What could be improved?
  • A better transition from the initial hotel to our individual living quarters
  • wider variety of courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More about the nearby countries to explore.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!