Go to Athens with Webster!! Past Review

By (Elementary Education, Webster University) - abroad from 08/22/2015 to 12/18/2015 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a new language, that I have a love for travel and need to travel as often as I can.

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.

An amazing experience that I wouldn't trade for the world! If you are interested in working with some of the sweetest people, living in the center of Athens, and being able to explore Europe (especially the Greek Islands) get involved within this program! There were no negative experiences within Webster University Athens, you will enjoy every minute of it. From becoming a certified open water diver from PADI to exploring all aspects of Greece, this adventure is well worth it.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food in Greece is so flavorful and so cheap! There are tons of options to choose from, even if you are vegetarian.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* 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)

I was able to buy my weekly food for under 20 Euro, check out the local fruit and veg market in Athens, it will save you a ton of money!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Outside of travel, I spent about $25.00
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save your money during the weeks in order to travel and eat out on the weekends.


* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
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? I would look into the Greek language prior to leaving just to know the basics; but most people know some English. But it is nice to know some of the native 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?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • People that I met
  • Food
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Communication before trip
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how cheap the food was, how easy it was to travel around. But you discover a lot when you just go!