I can't wait seize other opportunities to travel and live in other cultures! Past Review

By (Mathematics, Trinity University) - abroad from 01/24/2013 to 06/09/2013 with

Arcadia: Cape Town - University of Cape Town

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My 5 months abroad were the most worthwhile experience of my life so far. I was able to learn about other cultures around the world as well and gain new perspectives and view points for my own life.

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Arcadia: Cape Town - University of Cape Town Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The course provided by the program was not very difficult but did require time and commitment

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff in Cape Town was always readily available and very helpful!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing exceeded my expectations and I felt very comfortable

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program really focused on the new culture I was experiencing and really focused to get me involved in all aspects of it!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was with a few friends who needed healthcare and it was very quick and easy to get to.

* 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)

South Africa was much more affordable than the States.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not be afraid to barter with vendors when purchasing gifts or clothes.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • My exposure to a new culture.
  • The relationships I created.
  • The experiences I could not have had in the USA
* What could be improved?
  • More communication before leaving for abroad.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To not created expectations and be willing to try new things!

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.