Interesting but disappointing experience May 07, 2021

By (Fudan University) - abroad from 09/12/2020 to 12/26/2020 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Shanghai - Fudan University (For Chinese Students)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Not much, but I did gain some friendships and some knowledge so it is worthwhile.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The program wasn’t very intense, while we had access to very limited resources.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I was not provided with dinning.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I do not have relevant experiences.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

The program was not what I envisioned what a study abroad program was like. However, again, I believe the institutions did their best to give me the best experience I could have during a pandemic.


* 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? Approximately $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No, I am not good at saving money.


* 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

The program is taught in Chinese

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None, but I am a native speaker.
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? No, I did not have to practice the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International 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?
  • The location
  • The students
* What could be improved?
  • The instructor
  • Living place
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I’d be in a hotel room taking Zoom classes from a university right next to where I was, which campus I was not allowed to go in.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Social networks and the Chinese society

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Felicia Tian
Instruction Language: Chinese
Comments: The course wasn’t the most challenging. There were no field trips, the course was virtual. The teacher was well-prepared however not very knowledgeable. I participated in class less than I would have in my home institution, and experienced a lack of motivation in this course. I am not clear on how I was assessed since I have not received my gpa yet.
Credit Transfer Issues: