The best, craziest, weirdest 4 months ever. Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/16/2016 to 05/14/2016 with

AMIDEAST Rabat - Area & Arabic Language Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was so worthwhile. I know everyone says this, but you will learn so much about yourself and how to confidently operate in this world. Your perspective will never be the same.

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.

Many of the classes were interesting but not at all academically rigorous.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My personal host family experience wasn't great, but it was still a good experience! Others in my program were much better.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The city is very safe as long as you take the usual precautions. (walk in twos at night, watch your stuff etc.)

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I would choose the same program, but would have come forward with some concerns about my host family sooner.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bargain! Also, find a few good cheap lunch places that you can return to frequently.


* 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

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 5th semester
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? Try your best to speak the language with anyone you can, especially your host family or people you are around every day.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • Excursions
  • Freedom to travel
* What could be improved?
  • academics
  • communication between administration and students.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had taken the time before my departure from the states to learn a bit of local dialect. It would have helped me adjust more quickly!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'