Overall Decent Fun Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 01/14/2019 to 05/17/2019 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Be more of myself and not try to rush in making friends.

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.

In course assignments were sometimes replaced with large amounts of reading in place of more constructive and actually fulfilling or enriching projects.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Overall good. Available and helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great apartment choice albeit constant construction

* Food:

Great food options abroad. Loved it

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Difficulties overall with feeling like myself in this culture. Opposite personality types contrary to typical cultural personality seem to be a reason for this.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Nothing difficult with this section

* Safety:

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

Yes but I would approach how I experienced the program differently. I had a hard time adjusting to the culture and getting to know other people in the program. Overall I had fun but not without noticeable and memorable difficulties


* 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? Unknown


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Second year first level german
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? Learn lots of vocabulary

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?
  • Quality of Teachers
  • Availability of Staff
  • Optional Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Less Rigidity in Academic Choice
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go with your gut when choosing classes and read the syllabi carefully.

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!