Studying in Greece changed my life and gave me lifelong friends. Past Review

By (Communication:Public Relations, University of Indianapolis) for

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I feel like I gained so much from this study abroad trip. I learned qualities that the Greeks have that Americans do not have. Meeting so many people from so many different countries was the best part of the experience. Also living in a foreign country and it becoming my second home. I know that I can alway go back there and feel comfortable and know where I am going and where to find things if I ever go back to Athens (which I hope I do). I can see myself living there and working there for more of my early 20's.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The school system in Athens was more relaxed than in the United States. Although they take it very seriously, it is more of a relaxed environment, which I liked.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Dina and Tom were great! They both were available whenever you needed them and always took the time to help and answer questions.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food in Greece was AMAZING. We were on our own for food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Italy and Ireland were for sure memorable events. Going out to late, long dinners with friends from America and Greece were rememberable. I can remember each and every one of them.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The safety was questionable at times. But this was only because the riots/demonstrations were going on at this time. It was not the school/advisors fault at any time.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I took the Greek 101 class and it very much helped with being able to learn and talk Greek around the city.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people and atmosphere
  • The school and professors
* What could be improved?
  • Getting students prepared on what to bring to Greece. They did not accept credit cards everywhere like I was told.