Take Me Back Past Review

By (San Diego State University) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 01/31/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
From this experience I was able to learn a lot more about myself than I had already known. I learned how to be flexible when language barrier issues occurred and how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Being able to learn and practice the language in the region itself is an experience that is unforgettable. It really allows you to pick up the language faster and provides you with an opportunity to talk with locals.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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

The program that TEAN carries out in Shanghai I say is very well done. TEAN provides you the opportunity to take classes in English at Fudan University alongside other local students at the third best university in China and 40th in the world. From the moment you consider applying till the end of the program the on-ground and Chicago staff is always there to assist you with anything that you may need. Whether it is your first time abroad to your first time in China there is a number of cultural immersion opportunities that TEAN provides for you to gain not only an insight into Shanghai but also China as a whole, such as through local experiences to trips to Chengdu and Beijing.


* 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)


* 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? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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?
  • Ability to study at a prestigious uni
  • External cultural opportunities provides
  • Easy communication between the program directors and you
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do your research by looking at the blog on the TEAN website as well as other websites on Shanghai. As it will help you maximize your experience to the fullest by knowing what places you want to go to and things you want to do.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.