By (Psychology, Sewanee: The University of the South) - abroad from 01/23/2023 to 05/13/2023 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I have ever made so far in my life. I learned so much about myself! I gained lots of insight in cultural intelligence, and it was very worthwhile.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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

I had such a rewarding, educational, transformative, and fun experience in Vienna with IES Abroad. Plus, living in the most livable city in the world! I could go back, I do plan to go back at some point.


* 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? I spent about 100 Euros per week approximately.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is always good to plan and spend on planned things other than just spending.


* 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? Beginner
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? None of the German Course
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? Using it in restaurants, and when with people.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • The Vienna team is very organized.
  • They care so much about each and every student.
  • They have the best professors!
* What could be improved?
  • I would say, they should keep up the great work.
  • They are amazing, so I wish them to keep on!!!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much I would do thrift shopping for some really nice stuff at a relatively cheap price! There are lots of nice vintage shops!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.