Wonderful opportunity that changed my life Past Review

By (International Business., University of Texas - San Antonio) - abroad from 05/19/2012 to 06/01/2012 with

University of Texas - San Antonio: College of Business: Finland Immersion

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot in the Program. I learned more about the European culture. I learned traits in the Finnish culture that could be improved in our culture. I began to appreciate what the world has to offer to us.

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.

The Finland Summer Immersion Program was a wonderful was a wonderful opportunity that changed my life for good. I learned a lot about Finnish business practices and their culture. Moreover, it made me appreciate what the world has to offer to us.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

We were kindly received by Aalto University. Professors were nice to us and gave a lot of useful information about the school and Finland itself.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We stayed at a nice hotel that had all the amenities necessary to enjoy our staying in Finland.

* Food:

Food was great

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated into the Finnish culture. Students were nice to us and helped us a lot in getting to know our way around.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Finland is 100% safe. Helsinki is rated as one of the safest cities in the world.

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? 600 euros which covered souveniers, one meal per day and night outs. Overall, the program payed for almost everything


* 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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • learning experience
  • Cultural exposure
  • The great job Dr. Darling and Dr. Heller did
* What could be improved?
  • I think the program was great
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A