The Greatest Semester of My College Career Past Review

By (Tourism and Travel Services Management., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 02/04/2013 to 06/07/2013 with

University of Sheffield: Sheffield - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to do everything on my own and rely on my own experience. I also gained an appreciation for cultures around the world. It was definitely worth it!

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


* 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? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stay in hostels when you travel to other places, use your student ID because most places offer student discounts, and do some research before going to find out what places are cheaper for food, accommodation, things to do, etc.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Ease of travel
  • Meeting people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Experiencing life as a university student in the UK woul
* What could be improved?
  • Better communication on expectations of professors
  • More pre-departure information
  • A little bit deeper information on the norms of the host country
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to get to the school once we arrived at the airport since we had no internet or phone service and there wasn't clear information on the procedures of getting to and checking in with the housing.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'