My favorite place to be! April 13, 2020

By (Webster University) - abroad from 01/13/2020 to 03/06/2020 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This time in Greece I picked up more of the language, learned about ancient Greek culture and spent more time at the local museums. It was absolutly worthwhile.

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

The administration at the Athens campus is incredible. Always there for me when I needed them!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

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

I love the Athens campus of Webster University. This was actually my second time coming to Athens for the program. The program director and faculty are both fun and resourceful, getting accustomed to Greek culture is easy and I've met some incredibly cool people through this program.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 35-40 euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Living on a student budget is totally doable. Just take some time before your program to decide how much you want to spend each month.

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? Beginner
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? N/A
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? Practice when you're out and about! In my experience, locals have appreciated the attempt.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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 classes I took
  • Making new friends
  • The Greek holiday's that I was there for
* What could be improved?
  • I wouldn't change anything about the Athens campus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I feel like I was pretty prepared to move back to Athens this time. I always underestimate how much money I will spend, but that may be a personal problem!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.