Having adventures in getting lost January 11, 2016

By (Marketing, Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge) - abroad from 12/27/2015 to 01/10/2016 with

International Business Seminars: Winter One Europe - 5 Countries in 16 Days!

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that you can make friends in the most unlikely places. People are very willing to help you. Public transportation is one of the best things in a foreign country. It makes getting around so much simpler. I also learned that getting lost isn't the worst thing in the world. Whenever I got lost with a group we ended up finding new and different places. I also learned to try everything you can, whether it be facing your fears of heights by going to the top of the Eiffel Tower or spending the night at dinner with a group of strangers. Also that it's amazing that so many Europeans know so many different languages. I want to learn French after my trip. I would say the experience I gained is priceless and anyone that has the opportunity to go should go.

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Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned more than any book or lecture could give me.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

All of the hotels we stayed in were clean and perfect for the time we were there.

* Food:

I love trying new food. Everything I had that I was use to and new to was excellent.

* 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)

I wanted to experience and try everything. So that is why I know I spent so much money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400/500 but that's with souveniers, foods, and other entertainment
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would say just check the menu outside beforehand. They're all clearly labeled with the items and prices. And just be conscientious of the exchange rate. Because overall it will be more expensive but not by too big of a difference.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people traveling with me and all the leaders.
  • The tours of the cities
  • Learning about international companies
* What could be improved?
  • Pack less
  • Really you can get by with a business formal outfit and one business casual
  • Put Febreze or wrinkle release on the pack list
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring more basic amounts of clothes. The simpler the clothing item the easier it is to change and rewear.

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.