Returning Student Survey Results

Returning Study Abroad Student Survey Results

The results of our study abroad student survey are in! 

Thank you to the 24 students who responded to the survey.  Here is a synopsis of the results -

  • Of the 24 respondents, 19 were female, and 5 were male.
  • 20 studied abroad in their junior year, 2 were seniors and 2 were sophomores
  • Of the respondents, 7 went to Italy, 3 went to the summer BIP program in Seoul, South Korea, 2 went to France, 2 went to Spain, 2 went to Germany, 2 went to Cyprus, and others went to Chile, Costa Rica, Scotland, Ireland, England and Australia.
  • 100% of students rated their overall experience “good” or “excellent,” with 91% rating it “excellent.”
  • 100% of students said that their language proficiency in their host country when they arrived was “fair” or “poor,” but after the program, the language proficiency of 52% of the students had increased to “excellent” or “good.”
  • 71% of students rating their off-campus travel experiences in their host country as “somewhat easy” or “very easy.”
  • 100% of students indicated that they would recommend their program to a friend, and all gave their experience a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5.
  • Over 90% of students agreed with these statements: “I have gained better insight into myself,” “I have a greater sense of independence and self-confidence,” and “My ability to make friends and adapt to new situations has increased.”

Here just a few things that returning students wanted to say to those considering studying abroad –
“You get so much out of studying abroad that you wouldn’t even dream of learning anywhere else. You get into another culture and traveling, and seeing the world is an amazing thing! I learned so much from my experience and have had so many unforgettable moments that I will keep with me for the rest of my life!”
“Just do it. It will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. This is a once in a lifetime chance. Take it!”
“It was life-changing. Everyone should have the chance to study abroad; I wish I could go again! It was one of the most valuable experiences of my life.”

Returning students also offered some helpful tips –
“Be sure to save up money so that you are able to travel. Plane tickets are relatively cheap when traveling Europe, but you need to save up!”
“If you are planning on traveling, you can do it very inexpensively. I traveled to 8 countries and 22 cities with $2,500, which includes airfare, train tickets, lodging, food, experiences, and souvenirs. Traveling Europe isn’t cheap, but it doesn’t have to be overly expensive. “
“Don’t spend a lot of money on things you could do in the States. Save your money for travel instead!”

And concerning packing –
“Research the weather during the time you’ll be in the country, and pack a lot of layering clothes. Also be sure to bring comfortable shoes!”
“Pack light, you will accumulate lots of things!”
“Make sure you have a good idea of what kind of weather you’ll be living in, and what kind of weather happens in the places you want to visit so that you can pack accordingly. Pack a lot of black for Europe and remember a backpack for traveling.”

Other helpful hints –
“Soak up every moment and try to make friends with locals. They are the best guides!”
“I would really encourage Christian students to get plugged into a church while abroad. I found an incredible church family and I grew in my faith more than I ever imagined.”
“Find a church quickly and join it for the duration of your stay.  We need Christian fellowship. Provide for the growth of your soul.  Knowing God is our greatest priority (and joy)!”

If you would like to have the experience of a lifetime, consider joining these students and study abroad!  Visit the OIE (HAL 319) to get started!