Life Affirming, Simplistic. Past Review

By (Indiana University - Bloomington) - abroad from 03/03/2012 to 06/01/2012 with

Study Abroad Programs in Greece

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've gained friends, a better concept of my writing style, and a Greek suntan. Also I definitely look at the world from a different perspective. Everyone's always saying that, but it's true.

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?

* 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)

I was able to eat very cheaply/live very cheaply. My friend visited from Paris and was envious.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 40 euro or less
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't go out to eat so much. Shop with the culture, live a regular life like you would at home. It IS your home, at least for a little while.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* 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?
  • I loved the people. My fellow students, the HISA family, were all so encouraging. And the professors have been where we are, struggling, beginning, and they taught us more about life than anything.
* What could be improved?
  • More clarity about the program before joining up on the island, I suppose.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The island is 5 hours ferry ride to the mainland.