Coming to Webster Athens is the best decision I've ever made! May 09, 2017

By (Saint Louis University) - abroad from 01/09/2017 to 05/09/2017 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself and got to see so many incredible and beautiful things.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Dina is awesome!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Could be much nicer and had many things not working

* Food:

Had to get food on our own, no meal plan, but that was fine with me

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I learned so much and got to know a lot of Greeks

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Anytime anyone was sick, Dina would take great care of them!

* Safety:

I have never felt more safe in any other country or city.

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

This was the best four months of my life and I am not ready to leave.

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)

I spent a lot of money

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try not to eat out all the time and really stick to a budget

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

Most people in Greece know English which made it a little difficult to learn the language but the Greek teacher is great

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? three years of spanish
How many hours per day did you use the 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
  • 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 most kind people in the world!
  • Traveling
  • Classes were fun
* What could be improved?
  • Better housing
  • More students in the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive this would be!

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.