It was a journey with friends, food and was basically a fairy tale! September 16, 2016

By (Webster University) - abroad from 05/28/2016 to 07/23/2016 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience reminded just how different and similar people from completely different parts of the world can be.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

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

I loved absolutely everything about the experience that I had in Greece. The university staff went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and the locals are so friendly. I hope to visit again one day :)

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)

In comparison to the US, I would say that Athens is cheaper and so is pretty affordable

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Me and my roommates ate out pretty often but we managed to spend only about $100 on food per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would say that planning and booking trips ahead of time is very helpful when trying to save money!

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

Our professor was really good at trying to engage us in Greek even when we were out of class, which was super 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?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Try using the words you learn in everyday life around the city. We tried to ask for prices in Greek at the coffee shops or just say hi to the friendly locals on the metro

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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 university staff
  • The locals
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe giving the students their schedules a little earlier so that they can begin to plan their trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that everyone was so nice and welcoming so I didn't have to be nervous at all about going

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.