A trip I will never forget! July 06, 2016

By (Northwestern College) - abroad from 08/23/2015 to 12/09/2015 with

Northwestern College: Romania Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned how to live in a foreign place and how to become a part of the community.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I found that the real learning happened outside of the classroom- building relationships, experiencing community, finding God in all areas of life.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living with my host family was my absolute favorite part of this trip. They treated me like their own child and made me feel loved on days I was missing my family back home. They were a true blessing.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living with a host family definitely made me feel like a part of the community.

* 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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? None
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? Practice at home A LOT

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Host family
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing