Challenging in all the right ways Past Review

By (Studio Arts, Swarthmore College) - abroad from 08/26/2012 to 12/21/2012 with

AMIDEAST Rabat - Area & Arabic Language Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about Moroccan culture and how to interact with Moroccans. I also learned a lot about being American. It was very worth while.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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:

It was a tough adjustment for my body but everything was delicious, all things considered

* 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


* 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)

Depended on the week but I generally found myself spending more money than I wanted to

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Depends, I really needed to be buying more familiar food and eat at times that I could prescribe myself. For me, it was necessary.


* 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

I was being taught a different language than I had to use in most everyday interactions .

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 2nd year Arabic
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? Talk to your host family a lot. About everything. Watch TV with them. Engage with shop owners. They are always excited to hear that you are using the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • group activities
  • excursions
  • support system
* What could be improved?
  • accomodations
  • difficulty of language classes
  • academic support
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would be taking all of my classes with the same 30 people in the same tiny building for 4 months. That was a little claustrophobic

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!