A life changing experience that will stick with me forever! Past Review

By (Advertising, Manhattan College) - abroad from 02/23/2015 to 07/06/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a wider perspective of the world we live in and how we should always put ourselves out of our comfort zone in order to challenge ourselves. It honestly is the most rewarding thing one could do.

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

On-Site administration was always alert to attend each student when they were needed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The living arrangements were impeccable. It was a dream come true to live in these beautiful apartments that are located just a few minutes from campus.

* Food:

Excellent! Whoever said China has bad food hasn't been to China.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

What is most important in a study abroad is for students to feel safe in their environment and Shanghai was unexpectedly extremely safe. Especially where the TEAN students live.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to eat local Chinese cuisine in order to save up money. It is delicious and extremely cheap! Save up money for traveling!


* 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

In China, you are forced to try to immerse yourself in the language, and that was amazing!

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
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? None
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? Learn important phrases that you need on a daily basis, and practice the correct pronunciation or tones of the words.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Shanghai
  • My friends
  • Language Course
* What could be improved?
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing! I like the unexpected!

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

International Markets Study

Course Department: Business
Instructor: Jacquelyn Wu
Instruction Language: English
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Elementary Chinese

Course Department: Languages
Instruction Language: English-Chinese
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Marketing Management

Course Department: Business
Instructor: Xiao Li
Instruction Language: English
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Religions in Chinese Society

Course Department: Religious Studies
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: