Well worth every grueling moment of preparation. Past Review

By (English Language and Literature, Truman State University) - abroad from 09/20/2015 to 12/30/2015 with

ISEP Exchange: Brno - Exchange Program at Masaryk University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how different cultures really can be, but how similar people are. It was more than worthwhile.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 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

I was pushed immediately out of my comfort zone, but after finding my feet, found a new home. I can't wait to return.


* 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? $13.50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pay attention to restaurant specials and grocery sales.


* 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? 320
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? Read every sign or flyer you can, and jot down new words you don't understand.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International 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?
  • Involvement
  • Community
  • Mentor Availability
* What could be improved?
  • Discipline in the dorms
  • Access to sponsored trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The language.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'