A Greek Vacation with a little school thrown in. Past Review

By (SUNY - College at Geneseo) - abroad from 02/04/2012 to 05/19/2012 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I can not express how mush I learned from the people there and the girls I lived with. I would not trade it for the world

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.

Academically the school was not challenging nor exceptionally diverse in it's class selections, however the staff are very kind and enthusiastic. Some course are exceptional in there ability to expose you to the world around you while others you come out of having learned nnothing.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Dina was amazing along with her entire staff. Anything we needed was provided with a smile and any questions answered.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was very unsure living with 7 other girls but for the most part found it enjoyable based on the way the apartment was laid out. The kitchen was small and difficult to work in with more than one other person and common area impossible for everyone to fit but the rooms were very nice.

* Food:

Food was all made or bought by ourselves but the Greek food was fantastic in not all that fancy. IT was wonderful and and joy if your willing to try new things.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living in the middle of the city was the best spot to be both a tourist and member of the city of Athens

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We didn't have many issues

* Safety:

Even with all the riots occurring Greek was very safe. We had no incidences of any violence to tourists or women. I felt very comfortable walking around at night.

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-200$ per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If just buying food it is very easy to spend less than 100$ per week by simply going to the large central market in Athens for fresh groceries and buy only what the market doesn't have at a store. However if you plan to take trips, travel or go out to clubs or restaurants it will cost you a but more.


* 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

Everyone in Athens speaks some English so it is not necessary to learn Greek though main phrases are very helpful

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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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

  • 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?
  • The people i spent it with
  • The culture
  • The geography
* What could be improved?
  • Classes?
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing I liked how blind i felt going in