Past Review

By (Economics and Sociology, Rice University) for

Arcadia: Cape Town - University of Cape Town

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was extremely worthwhile. I didn't feel like it was very academic, so it didn't change my academic interests, but I wasn't looking for that. It defintely made me more aware of what it is like to live in a developing country.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was easy, but the differences in the grading and education systems made it somewhat difficult to get really high grades. A lot of the people on my program found that they got worse grades at abroad than they do at their home schools.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The website was really easy to use, and Traci Chupik was incredibly nice and helpful in her emails.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Bollihope 11 <br /><br /> The housing was pretty good. The only reason I gave it a four was because most of the other Americans who weren't doing Arcadia had much nicer housing.

* Food:

Food was fine; the grocery store near our house was bad though. No meal plan was definitely a plus.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

We were very protected on this trip. There was a peer leader who took care of everything we needed. If there was ever a problem, she was immediately there to help. The country itself was very dangerous, however, and I would say at least half of the people experienced some sort of pick-pocketing or mugging.

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? About $200 a week. It seems like a lot, but everyone was spending a lot of money.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Have back ups in case you lose your wallet.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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