A Very Eye-Opening Experience Past Review

By (University of Iowa) - abroad from 05/24/2019 to 07/19/2019 with

IES Abroad: Vienna Summer - Internship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Interning introduced me to a field of work I've only been somewhat involved with. It was an incredibly valuable experience for me to have, and it was a great location to have it in.

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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 optional German course offered was absolutely phenomenal. The Internship seminar became a little confusing when the syllabus was deviated from and assignments changed without notice.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful. Went out of their way to accomodate me.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment was very new and modernized. Such close quarters with all of the other interns was sometimes a lot to handle.

* Food:

Living in a big city, there's always good food to find.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Our role as interns had us acting like local Viennese. The real Viennese aren't always so pleased when you don't speak fluent German, however.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No health care incidents.

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe.

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

Vienna was a great city. Lots to do, but not overwhelming in size, and a very charming local culture.


* 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)

If you learn how to adjust what you eat and what you buy, it can be very affordable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out because you're feeling lazy and don't want to cook. Save that money for when your friends want to all go get food together.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Great optional language courses
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Wide range of activities
* What could be improved?
  • Internship seminar could be more academic-focused
  • More transparency about the placement process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Music organizations don't always have the capacity to take on interns during the summer.

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!