Until We Meet Again.. . South Africa Past Review

By (Sociology, Arcadia University) - abroad from 07/07/2015 to 11/16/2016 with

Arcadia: Cape Town - University of Cape Town

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Dear South Africa, You made me fall in love with you South Africa. I’m sorry it has to end it now, I promise I really didn’t want to. Just so you know it’s me not you. I know people say that a lot, but I am serious. It’s so serious that my passport had an expiration date for us. I knew, we knew, that this day was coming. Isn’t it funny that in the beginning all I could think about was that expiration date and heading home because everything you offered was too different, too big, too “not me”. Well look at me now, I see that you are for me. Even though you are still different and big. I realized that I had to adjust to you, not vice versa. You, South Africa challenged me, educated me, proved me right and wrong, you showed me there is no safe space or comfort zone, allowed me to feel uncomfortable in order to find myself, made me feel like the fish in a huge pond for once, you schooled me, you showed me languages, cultures, to die for Butter Chicken, you allowed me to meet some beautiful people that I am sad to let go of, you showed me that students here are invested in what they believe and rather you mock Western culture they should actually mock you, you helped me learn about Black historians, you showed me what unity can do, you made me challenge what African American is and/or stands for, you showed me that I may have Ghanaian or Angolan features, you provided me with an experience I would never receive at my home university, you forced me to pronounce people’s names even though you knew I would butcher them, had me read twenty readings per week to understand terms and meanings I never knew, you showed me to question what has been given to us, to challenge the norms that run through our society, you allowed me to stand on your mountains, swim in your waters, and learn about your history.

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.

I learned so much! I would not have had the opportunity to learn most of the things I did at UCT in Arcadia. The educational experience has changed me in so many positive ways, I feel like through my trip I found myself and what I want to do with my life.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50.00
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not spend like Americans because it is cheaper


* 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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
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? Ask others who have taken the language before taking it. Google or youtube it

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Friends
* What could be improved?
  • Arcadia Programs
  • Support from Home Universites
  • Transcripts for Grades back
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing honest, I think sometimes it better to travel without any expectations or thoughts. Just go!

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.