A great fun and educational experience. May 01, 2019

By (Webster University) - abroad from 01/14/2019 to 05/10/2019 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worth while because it opened my mind to new cultural experiences and I learned a lot about the greek history.

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.

The education was not taken seriously.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

There was a lot of people in one small apartment. When things needed to be fixed in the apartment they never got fixed. The shower head was held up by a chop stick.

* Food:

The food in Greece is the best food ever.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I have lived in Europe before so it was not much different for me, I know some others struggled with culture shock.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The director, Dina, came with me to my eye appointment and helped me with everything.

* Safety:

Safety was a concern at some points.

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

It was a great progam and the academic advisor, Dina Skias, is basically your away from home mom. We love her!

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)

Everything in Greece cost money. This area is more expensive than the others so living on a budget was hard.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent about 30 euro a week on food which is not normal for me.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop at the farmers market!

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

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just learn the simple things to show respect, everyone mostly speaks English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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 Food
  • The academic opportunities
  • the location
* What could be improved?
  • housing
  • academic classes
  • strict policies
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To stay openminded with a new culture

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.