Study Abroad: The Trip of A Lifetime! Past Review

By (Ashland University) - abroad from 12/27/2016 to 01/10/2017 with

International Business Seminars: Winter Europe

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Overall this trip has taught me a lot about the career I want in international business, my personality, and a better cultural outlook.

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

it was all the places I really wanted to see and there was enough events and places to immerse yourself culturally


* 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? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to eat breakfast at the hotels because its complimentary and saves a ton. Also try to have small lunches or cut out lunch and have an early dinner to have time for evening activities


* 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? I am fluent in polish but I am currently learning french at the intermediate level.
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? you can learn 10 phrases that will be essential such as directions, transportation, bathroom, how much the cost, ordering food, safety such as police and hospital in case of an emergency.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Food
  • Places of Visit such as monuments and landmarks
  • visiting the international businesses
* What could be improved?
  • Including inclusive breakfast and lunch
  • better hotels
  • more time in museums and other areas of visit
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much spending cash I would need also being aware of how much the exchange rates were. Also having comfortable shoes and also having medicine in case you get sick or food poisoning.