Semester of a lifetime January 10, 2018

By (Eastern Illinois University) - abroad from 08/12/2017 to 12/11/2017 with

USAC: Accra - University of Ghana Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be patient with everything and to appreciate what you have. This study abroad trip was worthwhile.

Review Photos

USAC: Accra - University of Ghana Undergraduate and Graduate Courses Photo USAC: Accra - University of Ghana Undergraduate and Graduate Courses Photo

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 university is not very organized and the professors are also not organized.

* 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

I really enjoyed the culture of ghana, the people, and volunteering at the different organizations. I felt like I was at home when I was there.

Finances

* 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? I spent about 50 USD every week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't always eat at expensive restaurants.

Language

* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Practice your language with the locals every chance you get.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • The trips
  • People
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Organizations of events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew more about the culture before departing.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!