Sehr tolle! Past Review

By (Vanderbilt University) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 05/11/2018 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. I gained new friends, new perspective, and amazing memories that will stay with me for a lifetime.

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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 courses were not as rigorous or competitive as my home university, but there was a broad variety of courses offered.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my housing arrangement. I shared a very spacious apartment with five other girls. We had our own kitchen and washer and dryer in the apartment, as well as a bi-monthly cleaning service that was provided by IES.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare providers were easily accessible through the IES app, which gave recommendations for providers who took our student insurance and spoke English, as well as locations, office hours, and costs.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150 Euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save money before you depart and learn how to travel on a budget!


* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
  • 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?
  • Field trips
  • Language compenent
  • Housing arrangements
* What could be improved?
  • More communication between administration and faculty
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known more about traveling abroad and how to plan trips, save money, and stay safe while being abroad. I learned a lot along the way but I think knowing beforehand would have saved me a lot of frustration and money.