Best 3 1/2 months of my life! Past Review

By (CUNY - Queens College) - abroad from 02/11/2013 to 05/24/2013 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot more about myself in that one semester than I did in the three and a half years in my home school because of the unique space in which I learned, experienced, and spent exploring another culture. Overall, It will change your life. You’ll come back a new person!

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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.

The experience of living and studying in another country was so eye-opening for me. I enjoyed every course I took while studying abroad especially the Ambassador's Forum which gave us the unique opportunity of meeting with Ambassadors from countries all over the world, which was something definitely not offered at my home campus.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living arrangements were decent but they should have gave us 2 different apartments instead of one apartment with 6 females for the price we paid for living costs with the University of Indianapolis Athens Campus. Had i known what I knew after I would of organized my own living arrangements. The location was unbeatable though, right in the center of Athens, next door to the University.

* 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:

Always be alert no matter where you are!

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)

Depends how you spend your money, Eating out will cost you a lot but transportation including taxis is very cheap.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? -EAT IN -SHOP AT SUPERMARKET -BRING EXPENSIVE HAIR/BODY/FACE PRODUCTS


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
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? LEARN THE BASICS

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • 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?
  • People I met through the University
  • Athens/Location where I live
  • The courses that were offered
* What could be improved?
  • Living Arrangements
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Living arrangements were not worth the cost. I would find my own separate living arrangements hopefully with other female students in the Odyssey program

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.