Unexpected Experience Past Review

By (International Business Law, Brandeis University) - abroad from 06/04/2015 to 07/17/2015 with

Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School: Israel Summer Business Academy / ISBA

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Meeting new people can be intimidating, but it is important to make an effort.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 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:

An immense amount of money was spent on food; more meals could have been provided

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Worldwide Healthcare arranged an appointment with a doctor for me, however their refund policies are ridiculous and getting your money back for medication is nearly impossible; pharmacies do not give you copies of the information that they need that is not "receipt paper." I spent over $50 on medication. However, the visit was technically free.

* 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)

Very difficult; most money was spent on necessary food

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? At least $200 on just food, Too much
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy instant coffee to make at home, buy in bulk, go to the local market instead of grocery store


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Group trips
  • Free time
  • Apartments
* What could be improved?
  • Schedule organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you are not a WashU student, you have to put yourself out there to make friends