Once In A Lifetime Past Review

By (Marketing., University of Texas - San Antonio) - abroad from 05/14/2012 to 06/04/2012 with

University of Texas - San Antonio: College of Business: United Arab Emirates Immersion

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned from the program how important it is to travel and broaden your horizens culturally and socially in today's work-force. I learned a lot about myself, tried foods I would have never thought I would try, and came out of the experience with a better understanding and appreciation for the diverse world we live in.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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)

We were only there for two weeks, but were provided some meals throughout the day. Food costs really wern't bad.

* 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? $400 dollars per week for two weeks. Most of it was taxis and such.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Being able to see the world- something outside of the United States and realizing that its all about going in with an open mind, accepting one another's culture, etc, and just realizing that we aren't as different as you may think.
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it would end. Being there you get caught up in everything that you truly forget to take every moment and live it up as long as possible.

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.