Shaping Past Review

By (Business Administration and Management, Saint Mary's College of California) - abroad from 02/28/2015 to 07/28/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learn a lot about a different continent and culture.

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.

Courses at Fudan were really instilling with a moderate work load.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was great, although I suggest bringing a domestic student for assistance just in case.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

5 Star.

* Food:

More cuisines then I could try in one week.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very diverse, Fudan students were from all over mainland China.

* 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


* 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)

Variable, could save a lot if you wouldn't mind to chef it up a bit.


* 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? 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? No experience
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? Exposure, keep talking and using the language as much as you can in an situation; studying, ordering, conversation, etc.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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?
  • Using Mandarin everyday
  • Traveling to all of the amazing attractions
  • Creating strong friendships with international students
* What could be improved?
  • FYI on freight charges and referrals
  • Places to visit in your local city included in program brochure.
  • Referrals to varies secondary types of transportationl; such as vespa's, etc.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Tips on freight charges and referrals.

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.'