Intense Past Review

By (Loyola University Chicago) - abroad from 08/13/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

The Beijing Center: Semester and Full Year Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained the experience of being out of my comfort zone, learning about different cultures, budgeting, traveling... A lot of things.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were very interesting and relevant to my studies.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was like a family.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved having a Chinese roommate.

* Food:

I've never had better food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Due to the Chinese roommates, we were really integrated in society.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

If I needed otc medicine, I was provided with it.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget your spending from the beginning


* 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? Beginner 1
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Trips
  • People
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • Budget
  • Schedule
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to organize my money.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!