New Experiences in an Ancient Country May 19, 2020

By (Goucher College) - abroad from 01/13/2020 to 05/09/2020 with

Webster University: Athens - Odyssey in Athens

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live truly on my own in a completely unknown environment- and how to learn to thrive. It was 100% worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* 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

It was a beautiful mix of classes and excursions and personal down time. The other students were amazing and the faculty was helpful. The school and apartments are located in the center of everything and teacher are understanding of workloads as its a time for exploration.


* 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 50 euro. Groceries could be bought for about 20 and the rest of money was used for activities or eating out.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It helps to set days where you don't spend money. For example, I would buy my groceries every Friday and then spend money on my weekend activities but not seen from Monday-Thursday.


* 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? I am semi-fluent in French
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? Looking up key phrases on youtube can be a good way to start if you're shy. Mixing Greek and English can also be helpful so listeners know you're still a beginner and can help you.

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?
  • Excursions
  • Location
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • More activities involving local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Time does not determine the strength of connections.

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.