Greece was amazing; the people I went with were anything but amazing. Past Review

By (Anthropology/Archaeology, University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 06/03/2012 to 08/22/2012 with

University of Northern Iowa: Capstone in Greece

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a ton about Greek history and art, it was quite worthwhile

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.

Educationally this was a one of a kind experience. My teachers were very knowledgeable in their individual fields and were direct in communicating their knowledge and experience.

* 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?

Not at all, we were definitely tourists. We were only in certain places for small amounts of time.

* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Nope, being that this was a once in a lifetime experience I spent more than I saved.


* 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? in Greek? nothing; as for other languages, I completed 3 years of college French
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? Get together with your group prior to travel and practice, practice, practice!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • The food
  • The culture
* What could be improved?
  • The people I went with were horrible
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had gone with friends; being with friends or at least one person I knew would have made my luggage being lost twice better. Also, it would have been nice to have a friend when I was being teased and dissed by the other students.