AMAZING - BYU in Iasi Past Review

By (Sociology., Brigham Young University) - abroad from 04/21/2012 to 07/23/2012 with

Study Abroad Programs in Romania

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I changed in Romania. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is the best thing I have done while being a student at BYU. I am a completely changed person and my perspective on life, the gospel, myself, people, etc has changed for the better. I loved those kids. I can't believe how fast you fall in love with them and how big of a piece of my heart those kids will always have.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Brigham Young University
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 think this internship required a lot of preparation and work. I learned a lot about the culture and myself.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Mario is amazing and saved us in Romania

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my apartment minus not having a stove but I think they are getting a new one.

* Food:

I love Romanian FOOD!!!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This was super hard for me. I felt suffocated by Romanian culture sometimes.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never had to deal with healthcare and I never really got sick.

* Safety:

I always felt safe but I know some girls didn't and handled situations badly.

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 lived in up in Romania

* 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? 30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? prepare financially


* 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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Romanian 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? Jump into it. It's embarrassing and I asked a lady for shoes in size 99 but laugh it off. I wish I umped into talking more with people.

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?
  • Serving everyday, all day
  • Living in Romania and growing to love it
  • Falling in love with the kids and giving my hear to them
* What could be improved?
  • Relationship with the elders
  • Have smaller groups
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had know how hard it actually would be some days. It was worth it but I wish I had prepared myself better for situations and feelings that came us.