A lifetime remembrance Past Review

By (College of Mount Saint Vincent) - abroad from 09/14/2016 to 12/11/2016 with

IPSL: Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've learned a lot about myself, but mainly I've learned that you can never take anything for granted because (A) other people are either doing okay with less than you and (B) life moves faster than you can blink

Review Photos

IPSL: Thessaloniki - Study Abroad + Service Learning in Greece Photo

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My housing selection was absolutely perfect. My family was amazing!

* 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 fell in love, it was as simple as that


* 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? 25
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat with your host family as much as possible, they make true cultural food.


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? College
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? Just try to use the language with host family and friends you make

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local 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?
  • Host family
  • Food
  • Service work
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Keep an open mind to anything that comes your way, it may just be the best thing you've ever done