By (Washington & Jefferson College) - abroad from 01/09/2017 to 05/10/2017 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I'm Greece everything is so laid back. I learned that there is no reason to be so rushed in everything I do. I learned to relax and have patience and to just enjoy my surroundings. I learned it's okay to do things on your own and do what I want to do. I defiantly see a difference in myself and being abroad made me stronger and more adventurous, and happy.

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.

I loved that it was more hands on teaching then in the classroom. We went to museums and had cooking classes!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everyone became like family to us!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The location was amazing. We were centuralized in the middle of the city close to everything. The location couldn't have been more perfect. The apartment fit 7 girls and had everything we needed.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Because we were so centuralized we got to experience so much more! We watched parades from our balconies and listened to Greek music from nearby restaurants when our windows were opened. We were so immersed into the culture and didn't even realize how lucky we were.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

It turned out to be safer than my city back home in the states.

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

It was truly an experince I will never forget. Being able to travel as much as we did is what helped make my experience so amazing. I not only saw a lot of Greece but 4 other countries as well.


* 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)

Because the food was so cheap I spent most of my money on traveling. And because Ryanair flew out of Athens traveling was extremelyyy cheap as well.


* 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
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 location
  • The ability to travel on the weekends for cheap
* What could be improved?
  • Some facilities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it is very cold up until April!

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.