A trip of a lifetime that I would 100% recommend to business students June 24, 2015

By (Finance, Financial Services, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge) - abroad from 05/19/2015 to 06/09/2015 with

International Business Seminars: Summer Europe - 6 Countries in 23 Days!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and how I adapt to situations out of my comfort zone, not to mention the lifelong friends I made on the International Business Seminar. Also, there was a language barrier in most of the cities and a key part was learning how to communicate with the locals. Lastly, I learned so much about the different cultures and business environments. It was completely worth it and, if I could, I would go back today!

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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 seminar gave me international business insight that I would not have been exposed to in a normal classroom setting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We stayed in four star hotels in every city.

* Food:

Breakfast is the only meal included on this trip. It is buffet style at the various hotels. Overall, they offered a wide variety and it was pretty good.

* 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

Finances

* 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)

They provide you with metro cards for all the cities, which will save the student a lot of money. However, lunch and dinner are up to the student. There are many options to choose from, so some meals we would spend a little more euros and others we would just grab a slice of pizza from a street vendor.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300-$400
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? **Take into consideration money exchange rates for the places you are going to **Be mindful that in more touristy areas that the price of pretty much everything will go up

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* 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?
  • International business exposure
  • Variety of people on the seminar
  • Amount of free time we had to enjoy/explore the cities
* What could be improved?
  • Ways we traveled from city to city
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have known how much to budget for food. I underestimated how much it adds up to eat out that much.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.