Go! Past Review

By (Arkansas State University) - abroad from 05/13/2018 to 06/10/2018 with

A-State Faculty-Led: Biological Sciences - Biology Program in Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much. We are a country of overabundance and overconsumption. The people in Costa Rica have so much less than we do and yet they are so so so much richer and happier in their day to day lives.

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.

It was a wonderful experience!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Renee was lovely!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It had a bed that was comfortable enough to sleep on

* Food:

Wonderful food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Loved the town and the people at the biological station!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No experience

* Safety:

Very safe!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I want to see the entire world so if I get the chance to study abroad again, I want it to be somewhere else.


* 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)

We didn't have to spend any money once we were there. It was only if we wanted to

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $20 maybe if you average it all out
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save save save before you go bc there will be a lot of cool things to buy when you get there


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Place
  • Memories made
* What could be improved?
  • Communication about money
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack light. You need that extra bar of laundry detergent. You don't need to buy that magnifying glass. Or those snippers.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.