Past Review

By (Astrophysics, Rice University) for

Arcadia: Cape Town - University of Cape Town

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes - great experience, but I'm not indebted to the program for that. It only brought me here; I was for the most part responsible for finding the types of experiences I wanted, as they differed significantly from the party-and-drink program culture (more due to the students than anything else). I'm sure many other students from this program had a very Americanized abroad experience because they chose to mostly associate with each other, which is the case with many programs. My experience was made worthwhile by the South Africans I met, lived with, and went places with, something the program could not claim credit for.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Cape Town
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Workload much less than in my home university, educational standards much lower for the most part and not very challenging. Grading is about the same though at my home university you get low grades because the classes are difficult, not because the graders mark low.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

House with other students <br /><br />

* 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:

high fences, gates, barred windows will either make you feel safe or caged up

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


* 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? ~ R 150-300 depending on the week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? use cash, lots of places don't take card


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?

Most people speak English but getting a basic knowledge of Afrikaans proved quite useful.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Fun-loving (partying), not-so-serious students who don't mind a lot of disorganization from the program will enjoy this. If you're serious about getting to know the country and its inhabitants (or, heaven forbid, work), pick another program, or preferably don't go with any program at all.