Greece: A Rewarding Hands on Education Past Review

By (Interior Design., University of Northern Iowa) for

University of Northern Iowa: Capstone in Greece

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was so different to experience a foreign culture... It gives you a greater perspective in knowing how much is really out there that is so different from the United States. I know that anybody that goes on this trip with enjoy it greatly.

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.

The workload was a bit much because when you are abroad you would much rather explore then sit and listen to lecture or take tests or write in a journal... but I do know that it was necessary and I felt that we were given a good amount of free time on top of everything that we were required to do. It was a very well balanced course and was very enjoyable. LOVED the professors :)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The size of the class was perfect. We had 15 students and it wasn't too much but was enough you didn't have to talk to the same person everyday. I learned a lot with the hands on experience of visiting the archaeological sites and museums.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Basically pre-paid for majority of meals before we went. We only had to pay for lunch basically everyday, which wasn't bad at all

* Food:

I really enjoyed eating as a group because we got food I would have never tried otherwise. I'm a very picky eater so if it was my choice I probably would have gotten toast or something. But I'm really happy with the way they gave us the opportunities to try the food that was popular to the country.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was always fun to go out at night and meet people from all over the world. We met some Australians, some people from London, and some people from Minnesota... Those were always the most fun nights, when we got to meet and learn about different people from all over the world.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Athens was the least safest area we went to. That was the only place I got just a little scared with some of the beggers and people around us. It was the only place I felt like I needed to watch my back and constantly be aware of where I was and where my purse was.

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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I loved being able to see all the different architecture found in Greece, since I am an Interior Design Major. I loved relearning some of the history that I already knew and then some. I think anybody with a passion for either architecture or history would love this course as it is quite full of both!