Amazing! Past Review

By (University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 07/09/2014 to 08/14/2014 with

Study Abroad Programs in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worth while. I gained a greater appreciation for America, I made a ton of new friends, I learned so much about China and its culture. I tried amazing food and made memories I will remember for the rest of my life.

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

Everyone loves you and appreciates your hard work during this program!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the hotel and loved it!

* Food:

I loved all of the food! Be brave and try as much as you can, you wont regret it!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We are only there for 5 weeks so you cannot fully integrate into the culture but you do a bit.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any health issues while abroad

* Safety:

For the most part I always felt safe

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)

I ended up spending a lot of money while abroad, but I shopped and went out a ton. If you don't plan on shopping a lot you could get by with a lot less money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50

Language

* 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? none
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Shopping/Sightseeing
  • The people/Food
  • Teaching
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
  • Getting Information out
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will be fine if you bring a hair straightener and power strip. Lesson planning takes a lot of work and time. Do not pack so much clothes you really wont need it. Bring lots of bug spray and workout type clothes. Bring a couple of nice dress up outfits.