Jetsetting Summer Past Review

By (Messiah College) - abroad from 05/20/2015 to 07/31/2015 with

Messiah College: International Business Institute, Worldwide Summer Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This program offered a lot of good experience to explore diverse cultures and learn about international business. We visited some pretty well-known companies, as well as Christian and small microfinance companies. Messiah College also offers 12 business credits, since students also take classes between corporate visits and traveling. It was a very exhausting, but fun and adventure-packed summer.

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.

More rigorous because you're traveling and tired all the time. The classes themselves aren't that bad at all!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in different housing wherever we went.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Traveling so much only lets students scrape the surface of different cultures. Some places, you get to delve into the culture more and for longer than other places.

* 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)

Costs the same as a semester at most private universities, but you receive a semester's worth of credits.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Spent quite a bit on gifts and traveling to places not included in the program, food was provided.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy too many things. Eat the food provided.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Corporate Visits
  • Diversity of countries visited
  • Making friends from other schools and home university
* What could be improved?
  • Price
  • Classes
  • Organization/Timing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack light! You'll gather so many things along your travels.

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.'