Maria P Vitale, Spring 2013 Participant
This program is amazing. The people are so helpful and friendly. Take advantage of their offerings and do as much as you can to submerge yourself into whatever culture you enter. I would absolutely recommend Athena Study Abroad Program! Make sure you get all of the program's requirements finished so that you have plenty of time to prepare for your trip. Enjoy the entire process and stay as openminded as you possibly can.
Elizabeth Ann Arensberg, Spring 2015 Participant
The TEAN Abroad program is amazing! The workers are extremely helpful and make the transition into a new country very smooth. The school that I attended was also very awesome because they made sure that you became apart of the New Zealand culture and learned about it. I would recommend this program because you meet many new people, have a life time experience, and broaden your horizons.
Mary K Beck, Fall 2013 Participant
AIFS was an amazing study abroad program. They were extremely helpful, answering all of my questions prior and during the trip. They arranged activities for our program and ensured we had the most fulfilling experience possible. I am so grateful for my AIFS program, they are truly my second family and they said "We will always have a second home in Rome".
Elizabeth Carol Johns, Summer 2013 Participant
This program was so amazing because it gave me the opportunity to experience a country and a culture entirely different than my own. Because I went with API, I did not know a soul in Spain. However, my program was fantastic and I was able to meet people from all around the world. I was placed in an apartment right in Sol, which is literally the heart of Madrid, and I could not have been placed in a better location. My classes and my professors did not speak English, so it was perfect because I had an amazing opportunity to be completely immersed in the language classes. I could not have asked for a better experience, and I would do it all over again the exact same way.
Matthew Benjamin Leff, Spring 2014 Participant
I give the AIFS program my highest recommendation. They provide the best possible opportunity to make the most out of the study abroad experience. They are very helpful during the application process, preparing to leave, and while abroad. The many activities included in the program increase its overall value compared to other, similarly priced programs. From experience, I learned that the AIFS program provides significantly more than other programs for a cheaper price. If you want the most out of your study abroad experience, AIFS is the way to go.
Eileen M Comerford, Fall 2013 Participant
Antioch's WGSE program was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever been through. I learned so much about women's issues, including general topics like history, theory, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, racial justice, cultural comparatives, and life in general. I really think this program made me a better-rounded person than I was before. Aside from that, I made so many friends from all over the world, who are so diverse from each other, and especially from the friends I have always been around. My world has opened up immensely.
Fall 2016 Participant
Future students should know that the AIFS program challenges participants and rewards them with unforgettable experiences. Like most study abroad experiences, the elements of culture shock and the language barrier are certainly present, but students should be cognizant of the Russian mentality and some cultural norms ahead of time if they want to fully enjoy their experiences. The most rewarding moments will vary, but from interactions with warm and hospitable host families, to tours of the most lavish palaces in the country, there are brilliant things to discover about both the people and the locale almost everywhere. The challenging part of the program is constantly exercising the language. St. Petersburg is more accommodating than most Russian cities when it comes to foreign speakers, but interacting in another language for months on end is no easy feat, so diligence and good study habits should be developed beforehand to ensure a more comfortable transition.