Nothing like what I expected! February 03, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/04/2016 to 11/21/2016 with

CIEE: Cape Town - Arts and Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile - gave me a much broader perspective and appreciation for what we have in the US

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.

school was shut down - only went to classes for 1 month

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

very friendly and helpful staff - began to fall apart a bit when the protests began

* 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:

Safety is definitely an issue in South Africa

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Not enough exposure to local culture

Finances

* 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)

most expenses stemmed from the fact that we had to take ubers everywhere due to safety

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? take the minibuses around Rondebosch

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cape Town
  • Other Americans
* What could be improved?
  • Exposure to local students
  • academics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that protests would force our university to shut down

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Beginners Afrikaans

Course Department: Afrikaans
Instructor:
Instruction Language: Afrikaans/English
Comments: lecture-based introduction to a language class
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

South African History

Course Department: History
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very challenging, professor was a terrible lecturer and seemed disinterested in teaching.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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African Drumming

Course Department: Music
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: best class ever! Amazing teacher
Credit Transfer Issues: