TEAN is what you're looking for. Past Review

By (Fudan University) - abroad from 09/07/2013 to 06/30/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I truly think that every student should study abroad sometime during their undergrad. Tackling a new language, experiencing a new culture, seeing famous & historical sites, meeting friends from far away places, and tasting difference cuisines while traveling become your favorite memories. It takes you out of your comfort zone and makes every day an adventure. TEAN was the perfect choice for me- having their support, especially in a country as distant as China, was essential to making the process smooth and carefree. Also, the excursions they include in the package are awesome and would be incredibly difficult to pull off by yourself. For anyone looking to study in China, TEAN in Shanghai is definitely the way to go.

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

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Good professors from all over the world and a variety of courses to choose from.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great! Our resident director was always there if we needed her and brought us on great excursions.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The TEAN apartments are in a fantastic location and when I requested to try living in the international student dorms second semester, TEAN helped me out.

* Food:

Probably the best part of traveling anywhere!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

If you searched for it, you could easily find ways to get involved with the locals and make friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

While in China I needed vaccinations for travel around southeast Asia and I went to a western clinic- had a positive experience.

* Safety:

Shanghai is extremely safe. I feel more at risk in American cities than anywhere in China.

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)

Food and necessities are pretty cheap in China, so I spent far less than I normally do at home.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you're planning on traveling, bring more money than you think you'll need. That buffer money will come in handy with unexpected costs.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Local support
  • Great & fast communication
  • Awesome excursions included
* What could be improved?
  • All issues I ever had were resolved!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had brought more clothes! I packed too light and needed to buy a lot once I arrived.