a great learning experience about myself and the city-not a hard class Past Review

By (Psychology, Davidson College) - abroad from 06/10/2015 to 07/26/2015 with

Arcadia: Cape Town - University of Cape Town

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. Learned that I love traveling, and that there is so much more of the world to see. Gained more confidence and grew up a lot over the trip

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Not difficult, not intense. Professors completely willing to change assignments to make due dates and word count easier.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great living arrangements for the first half of the program, then we had to switch housing because the semester students came and Arcadia took preference over them instead of us. Our second half housing arrangement was fine, but not ideal.

* Food:

Breakfast and dinner was great, because we provided our own food for dinner and the breakfast Arcadia/SHAWCO provided was really good. Lunches provided were subpar.

* 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

I would choose the same program because I made great friends with those on my trip and loved Cape Town and volunteering with the kids in the township, but Arcadia gave us very little information and prioritized the semester students over us.


* 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)


* 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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  • 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?
  • Exploring Cape Town
  • Tutoring and Getting to Know the Kids in Manenberg
  • Getting to Know the Other Students in my Program
* What could be improved?
  • Communication between Arcadia, SHAWCO, and Students
  • Lunches provided by SHAWCO
  • better communication of the daily schedule
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? We all knew little to no information about the program and went in almost blind. I wish Arcadia would have better communicated information.