Feedback on Courses Abroad

Student feedback is systematically collected and compiled after each Course Abroad. Students are sent an electronic questionnaire, which asks questions about their experience.

The following table is a summary of the responses on questions about the Winter Break 07-08 LAS 199 courses abroad. The table illustrates the average response and the standard deviation.

Evaluation of LAS 199: Global Studies, WB 07-08, T N = 111, T in program =155

Response categories: 1 (not very or not much) – 6 (very or a lot)

Question

Mean

Standard Dev

How satisfied where you with the class you took?

5.54

0.87

Compared to other Illinois classes, how challenging was the class you took?

3.69

1.13

How satisfied were you with the housing arrangements?

3.99

1.78

How much did you spend in personal expenses, outside the program fee?

4.94

2.38

How satisfied were you with the meal arrangements?

3.86

1.78

How satisfied were you with the (non-academic) support you received during your course?

4.98

1.24

How satisfied were you with excursions provided in your program?

5.40

0.98

Were there many opportunities to interact with local students and others?

4.24

1.54

Did you have any safety concerns while living and traveling in the host country?

2.28

1.38

Did you have any health concerns while living and traveling in the host country?

1.74

1.04

Within the evaluation, students are also asked open-ended questions regarding their experience. Many students commented on having 'eye-opening' experiences, particularly with regard to other cultures. Students staying with host families were grateful for the opportunity to have close contact with the local culture and to practice their second language skills. Students expressed a greater appreciation for international students in the U.S. Some state that it has been the highlight of their college career thus far.

Feedback from Faculty

The Course Abroad experience is enriching for the faculty leaders, as well. Based on their post-program narratives and informal discussions, faculty consistently report the following:

  • Leading these groups is significantly more challenging than teaching the course on campus because of all that is required of the director, but it is rewarding.
  • The experience of seeing the students learn and grow within the host culture is extraordinary and very fulfilling.

Make sure to review our information on Post-Program Narrative Reports as well.