A great experience! November 19, 2016

By (Webster University) - abroad from 08/18/2016 to 10/15/2016 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Webster Athens was part of my Global MA program through Webster University, so I only spent two months in Athens but it was wonderful. I learned a lot about the culture, the people, and also Webster Athens provided me with plenty of opportunities to explore outside of Athens as well.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing is fantastic and in walking distance of the campus. Be sure to bring an extra set of sheets and a blanket with you, as well as a keychain or a lanyard for your keys. If you ever have any problems with your housing, don't be afraid to ask-- the staff is incredibly helpful!

* 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:

Athens is incredibly safe. All you have to worry about is pickpocketers, but other than that, I never felt unsafe, no matter the hour.

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

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)

Athens is surpisngly cheap, when it comes to groceries and food in general!. I really only spent money on the occasional weekend trip throughout Greece.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you can, cook meals together with your fellow study abroaders. Not only will it save you money, it is also a great bonding experience. Do all the trip and field trips with fbe a school, because you'll either get into places for free or incredibly cheap. Also never go anywhere without your student ID, and always ask if there is a student discount.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Academics
  • Location
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Library Access
  • Access to the campus after hours
  • Printing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To pack less! There are plenty of stores in Athens with affordable clothes if you need to buy more.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!