An extremely important learning and maturing experience April 30, 2016

By (Physics, Music, Goucher College) - abroad from 01/11/2016 to 05/10/2016 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained international experience and a better understanding of outside cultures

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The facility is good. The classes are not very strenuous.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They are caring and very high quality people.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great location and the housing itself is quite nice

* Food:

There is no meal plan, I buy and make my own food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were opportunities to meet other Greek students and the Community Service class also helps to integrate

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The administration here personally oversees health concerns

* Safety:

I never felt in danger, the city is safe and the administration is available to help.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Not everyday in Greece is a vacation but especially during the financial and refugee crisis, it is an experience that will be invaluable to the rest of my life

Finances

* 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)

If traveling to other countries is important, it is important to budget well, but Greece is very cheap and it is easy to access the rest of Europe.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Travel early, bring as many things from home as you can because buying things here adds up

Language

* 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? 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? Meet locals, two days a week in class will not be useful for conversational language, one must practice in a real world setting.

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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  • 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?
  • the people here are very nice
* What could be improved?
  • the mattresses are not very good
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had budgeted more strictly

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.