Life changing! February 02, 2018

By (Fordham University) - abroad from 08/03/2017 to 08/12/2017 with

The GREEN Program: Japan - Disaster Mitigation and Nuclear to Renewable Transitions

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained not only an entirely new perspective but also ideas, habits, and concepts that I continue to incorporate into my everyday and professional life.

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.

Excellent coursework and instructors, both in the academic setting and during tourism.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We got to stay in a traditional Japanese hotel run by local family. The vibe was much more enjoyable and encompassing then one would find in a standard hotel; definitely enhanced the experience of the entire trip.

* Food:

I am a huge fan of all kinds of Oriental cuisine, especially sushi, so the food on this trip was right up my alley.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We went to numerous events and attractions that are popular with the local people, including a spectacular fireworks show and street festival, just to name a couple.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Thankfully there were no extraneous health situations during my trip. Thus, this area was fairly unaddressed.

* Safety:

At absolutely no time during my trip did I feel unsafe or unwelcome.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

The relationships I formed, knowledge I obtained, and experiences I were truly unparalleled.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around $50-$75

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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Download the Duolingo app if you have a smartphone! Japanese was recently added and its a phenomenal and fun way to pick up the basics.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • Surroundings/Enviornment
  • Academia
  • My fellow participants
* What could be improved?
  • Travel time between destinations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I high-end camera would be a major asset if you have access to one.