Υπέροχα January 09, 2018

By (Webster University) - abroad from 08/29/2017 to 12/23/2017 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned Greek, made a second home internationally and made a second family internationally.

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.

Athens program was excellent because it is managed by excellent people

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Dina is the best there is

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Good area, apartments just needs some serious remodeling

* Food:

Cheap food in the area, but there's no food at Webster

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I left and realized I'm not actually Greek and I'm bummed and I wish I was Greek

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

My friend did, I didn't. But she said it was hard, but it's not even easy in America so yeah I imagined it's no walk in the park, but what do you expect? Greece is in economic crisis, give 'em break

* Safety:

I could walk in the streets of Athens, naked as the day I was born with a disco ball in one hand and a rubber chicken in the other and no one would say or do anything, and I'd be feel safe doing it. Greeks are too busy tossing around worry beads, smoking cigarettes, and sipping coffee to give a shit about anything anyone else is doing. Worst thing that could happen to you is your clothes smell like cigarettes.

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

It was lit. Honestly had a great time, it was a small program so we became like a family. Why wouldn't you want to do it all again just to be with family??

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)

Depends on who you are. Some people have allergies or food restrictions, so this part is subjective. Therefore I'm neutral

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Tried not to go over €50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? USE A TRAVEL EX CARD IT DOESNT CHARGE YOU ATM WITH DRAWL FEES, RT TO SAVE A LIFE YO

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

Yo I was talking Greek left and right and I want to continue to learn it. Ελληνικά κατεβαίνω τώρα

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? None, never took Greek before
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? Use it everyday. Use it so much that it becomes annoying. And focus on pronunciation first, it's so much easier once you got that

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?
  • Greeks people
  • Greek culture
  • History surrounding you
* What could be improved?
  • Apartments
  • Needs a 24 study place
  • More printers
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it gets cold in Greece and that you're living in a city! A CITY, that means it never sleeps.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'