The Best Semester of my Life Past Review

By (International Development, Clark University - Worcester) - abroad from 01/18/2012 to 05/27/2012 with

CIEE: Legon - Arts + Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself, I learned how to be more relaxed and to just take life one day at a time. I think this was one of the best experiences I have ever had abroad!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

THEY WERE AMAZING and super supportive- best support staff Ive had

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Not a ton of veggies in the typical Ghanaian diet- so I cooked for myself a lot in order to get the food I wanted, but at the same time, the food was delicious

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I could have been more integrated but I did what I was comfortable with

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Just don't walk alone at night, be smart

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? depended on if I was traveling- probably about $100


* 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

Some Ghanaians, especially those who work at the night market love practicing Twi with you, many times though people would rather practice their english with you

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
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? Use it! Especially if you are in a home stay or have a ghanaian roommate who speaks Twi (which not all do)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • People
  • Stressfree Environment
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Excursions
  • Pre-Orientation material (packing)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Exactly how our Health Insurance worked/covered

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'