A 5-Month Adventure Past Review

By (Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/07/2015 to 11/14/2015 with

CIEE: Cape Town - Arts and Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about who I am as a person. It was very worthwhile.

Personal Information

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.

Very interesting and fun classes are available to IAPO students. Final exams are tough and account for 50% of class grade.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Off-Campus housing was great, and the RAs were amazing.

* Food:

The food in Cape Town is absolutely incredible.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The locals were very kind and welcoming towards us.

* 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 had the time of my life in Cape Town with CIEE


* 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)

Cost of living is very cheap in Cape Town, especially with a strong dollar.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I wasn't very focused on saving money while abroad.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The people I met along the way
  • The adventurous nature of the lifestyle in South Africa
  • The daily freedom to make every day as great as possible
* What could be improved?
  • Unlimited WiFi
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to stay a whole year

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Afrikaans

Course Department: Languages
Instructor: Ian Van Rooyan
Instruction Language: English/Afrikaans
Comments: Typical introduction language class. Learning Afrikaans was useful for impressing cab drivers with a basic knowledge of the language.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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African Instruments

Course Department: Music
Instructor: Dizu
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The best course I have taken in college. Learning to play instruments with Dizu was extremely fun.
Credit Transfer Issues: