Catalyst to become an honorary Greek! Past Review

By (Accounting, Bentley University) - abroad from 06/27/2014 to 08/02/2014 with

Webster University: AHEPA Journey to Greece Summer Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I cannot wait to go back and to further my abroad experience by visiting even more countries in the future.

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.

The introduction to the greek language was much easier given that we were immersed in the language every day for a month. The history class was also made better by being able to visit the actual historical sites we discussed in the class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I really loved being able to experience apartment living in the center of Athens!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I experienced severe jet lag and was able to see medical attention at the embassy. I felt very taken care of while I was sick.

* 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? Roughly $100.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Definitely plan out any excursions in advance. Also, make sure your group is on the same page to avoid any miscommunications where you end up spending more than originally planned.


* 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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I had completed up to AP Spanish, but never really practiced speaking a second language like I did in Greece.
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? The people of Greece are very welcoming and understanding. They are happy to see young students trying to learn their language and culture, so don't be afraid to make mistakes! If you explain that you are learning, they will be happy to help you.

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
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The culture and being immersed in it.
  • The students I met and the faculty that administered the program.
  • Greece.
* What could be improved?
  • A more diverse selection of classes.
  • Longer time period! I didn't want to leave.
  • More opportunities for facilitated practicing of the Greek language with locals (with the teacher around, for practice)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had better prepared for speaking the Greek language.

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.'