Personal expansion through cultural immersion Past Review

By (Psychology, University of Dayton) - abroad from 05/07/2015 to 06/22/2015 with

Study Abroad Programs in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A broader perspective on Chinese culture, the interconnectedness of our world and the value of education for advancement. It was definitely worth while and I made a lot of Chinese friends who I am excited to see and socialize with back on our domestic campus.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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?

I encountered no health issues, so cannot comment on the response.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Roughly $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you are looking to save money, avoid the bar scene.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The people and how welcome we were made to feel by our fellow students.
  • Learning economics with respect to the Chinese economy
* What could be improved?
  • More unstructured time on excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That six weeks is not that long of a time frame when every day is an adventure of some new sort.

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.