100% Worth it. December 30, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 07/29/2019 to 12/05/2019 with

National University of Singapore: Singapore - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned about cultures and the social pressures for people all over the world. Completely worth it.

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


* 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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just keep track. Have to pay most things in cash. If you don't go out for a week and don't buy the expensive food (which I tended to), you can easily stay under $70/week


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • People are overall nice and friendly.
  • Made a very tight-knit group of friends.
* What could be improved?
  • More healthy vegetarian options on all parts of campus
  • Orientation
  • Clarity on what grade is needed to pass
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It was a lot harder than I anticipated to know what was expected from me in classes. If I was at my home uni, I would've known exactly what to do in each class in order to pass, but there are a lot more subtle differences in the academic vibes than I was expecting.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.