Mythos and Mythology Past Review

By (Music Education, University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 06/09/2013 to 06/30/2013 with

University of Northern Iowa: Capstone in Greece

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worth it to go so in depth about the history and culture of one country, and being able to interact with some many different people.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

Most of the hotels were either dirty or had something broken in the room, but we didn't really spend time there, so it didn't matter too much. I think the focus should be put on location of the hotel rather than quality.

* Food:

The food was pretty hit or miss. Some meals were really good, but some were not so great. I got to try new things, though!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was glad that we had learned a bit of the language before we left because that made it feel more like we were interacting with the local people. I especially enjoyed the grocery stores.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt really safe during the entire trip. The pick-pocketing was the only uncomfortable part, but it was minimal.

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)

It depended on the week because we moved around so much. I spent a lot more money on the islands.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 125 euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to find a grocery store whenever you stay somewhere for more than a couple days, and don't go to too many bars.


* 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? Beginner
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? Just learn key words/phrases. Everyone speaks English anyway.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Lots of students with different majors.
  • Learning a little bit of a different language
  • Professors
* What could be improved?
  • Putting the whole class in chronological order.
  • A couple less museums
  • The travel to Chicago should be included in the price!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be careful if you're prone to bloody noses! It's really dry and the altitude changes all the time.

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.