The most pleasantly uncomfortable I've ever been Past Review

By (Accounting/ International Affairs, University of Cincinnati) - abroad from 09/03/2013 to 12/20/2013 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
China was by far the most removed from I've been from my traditions and culture throughout all of my travels. It seemed like everything was different to the last detail, and the adjustment was one of the bigger I've experienced. But that made for an amazing time and an experience that would be difficult to recreate. I learned a ton about adapting to new situations and dealing with issues and things you didn't understand. The language barrier was by far the biggest I've experienced and the patience taken away from that was huge. TEAN did a great job setting us up before we got on the ground and transitioning us into one of the most amazing cities in the world.

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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.

* 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

Finances

* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget, budget, budget- realize you are abroad and don't skimp out on an experience of a lifetime because you didn't have your finances in order.

Language

* 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? 2000
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Location
  • Excursions
  • Class offerings
* What could be improved?
  • Language component
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have taken advantage of more travel opportunities while I was there. Although I still took a few, I hadn't done enough research about travelling in country and where to as I would have liked and it made for a couple pretty last minute scrambling trips.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.