The most amazing and worthwhile, yet difficult experience I've ever had! BYU in Iasi Past Review

By (FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES., Brigham Young University) - abroad from 04/24/2012 to 07/20/2012 with

Study Abroad Programs in Romania

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a better understanding of what it is like to like in a corrupt 2nd world country and gained a better appreciation for families. It was more than worthwhile.

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

* 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 visited the doctor's office when I had a bad cold and they were very rude and gave me an expensive prescription that did not help my cold. My in-field facilitator was very helpful in taking me to the doctor and explaining what was happening, but I despise everything about the Romanian healthcare system.

* Safety:

As long as we did not stay out when it became dark outside, we did not really have any problems. Future students should know to remain quiet when walking past males (no matter the age) and they will not have any problems.

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* 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? 20
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Rom 100
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? Talk even if you don't know how to say something. The natives will help you and you will remember more than you assumed you would.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Working with the children everyday
* What could be improved?
  • Helping us gain better language skills
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Everyone's experience is different so don't expect to have the same experiences as someone else.